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Up the Academy (1980)

Ron Leibman , Wendell Brown , Robert Downey Sr.  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron Leibman, Wendell Brown, Ralph Macchio, Tommy Citera, Hutch Parker
  • Directors: Robert Downey Sr.
  • Writers: Jay Tarses, Tom Patchett
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Danton Rissner, Marvin Worth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Up the Academy" on IMDb

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Aten-hut, dudes. Fall in with the cadets of Sheldon R. Weinberg Military Academy, where the new arrivals have decided that anything goes. So the first things to go are the rules. In the tradition of Stripes and Police Academy, Up the Academy deploys film-debuting Ralph Macchio and company in a series of raunchy, madcap maneuvers. Barbara Bach as a fully-armed armaments expert, Tom Poston as an instructor whose favorite subject is bedcheck and Antonio Fargas as a sadistic soccer coach provide choice comic moments under the direction of Robert Downey (Putney Swope, Greaser's Palace). The soundtrack rocks with Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, David Johansen, Lou Reed and more.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weinberg Forever! November 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those obscure but hilarious movies from the 1980's that was only seen on late-night cable, or in very badly edited form on the USA Network, with "Student Bodies" or "Jekyll And Hyde Together Again". I remember wanting to see this on video, as I noticed that Ralph "The Karate Kid" Macchio was one of the guys on the box (and I was only ten!). Watching it, this was one of the funniest movies I had ever seen, and though it's pure corn, it's still an unsung piece of treasure from that era.
By the way, the 1987 video reissue is the original cut of the film, with the "MAD" Magazine and Alfred E. Neuman references still intact (they were excised in certain prints of the film). One other weird thing is that Ron Liebman wanted his name taken off the film, but the movie isn't THAT bad! Also, one interesting quirk is that at the end of the movie, the credits scroll down the creen, instead of up (the only other I can think of that does this is "Repo Man").
For the guy who wanted to know whatever became of Stacey Nelkin, she's lately been doing cartoon voice-overs and stuff like that. Her being in some very bad movies after this one (notably "Halloween III", "Going Ape" and "Yellowbeard") surely didn't do much for her career, which was a shame, as she was a major hottie in this one. I especially like when she's wearing that haremoutfit, but the part where she takes off her top is really nice (hotcha!).
So, if you want something that's hilarious, bawdy, offensive and just pure cheesy early 80's fun, get this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "SAY IT AGAIN!" October 28, 2003
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This movie was a howl!Whenever I encountered any diffaculty in my 6 years in the R.O.T.C/National Guard I would always think back to this flick for comic relief.Major Von Liceman was hilarious!This movie had a great soundtrack too,and was way ahead of its time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a fun movie! December 9, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
yeah, well it's stupid and immature... but it's a fun movie. I'll watch it over and over just to catch 3 or 4 of my favorite scenes. the best gimmick is the wind blowing every time Leibman's character is approaching. the person who produced this movie must have been high at the time, but i thank him for the times my friends and i could gather around the television at 3am and enjoy a good laugh. it also has a pretty rockin late 70's soundtrack.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE March 28, 2000
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I would say that without a doubt, this is the best movie ever made. It is hilarious from start to finish and it has a little bit of everything. So many hilarious lines I can only name a few: "SAY IT AGAIN! " - "DOIN' THE BEST I CAN SGT. PATTY!" - AND RODNEY VERVEGARD, ENOUGH SAID! With characters such as Maj. Vaughn Liceman, Rodney Vervegard, and Sgt. Patty, it amazes me that this movie has such a bad rap. It should have been an Oscar contender in my opinion. 5 STARS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! March 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This was a great peice of work that kept me laughing and quoteing lines for days. I also have to say that it was filmed in and around my home town. The gas station attendent, Chester, is the sheriff in my home town. Great work Ken!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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After National Lampoon's success with Animal House (1978), MAD Magazine tried its hand in movies with this film, titled Up the Academy (1980). The Result? It was considered so bad MAD Magazine's founder William Gaines actually paid Warner Brothers to remove any references to MAD Magazine upon release to home video. So why does the reference to Mad appear on the DVD release? Well, seems Time Warner has since bought MAD Magazine, and reinstated all previously removed references (seems your money was well spent, Bill)...directed by Robert Downey Sr. (Putney Swope, Greaser's Palace), the film features Wendell Brown (Dreams Don't Die), Tommy Citera (Forty Deuce), Hutch Parker (credited as J. Hutchison), and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny), in his very first film. Also appearing is Ron Leibman (The Hot Rock, Norma Rae), Tom Poston ("The Steve Allen Show"), Ian Wolfe (The Terminal Man), Harry Teinowitz (The Package), Antonio `Huggy Bear' Fargas ("Starsky and Hutch"), Stacey Nelkin (Halloween III: Season of the Witch), and former Bond girl Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me).

As the movie begins we meet four teenage boys, all troublemakers and delinquents, whose families are preparing to send them off to military school. There's Chooch (Macchio), who apparently has no respect for his mobster roots, Eisenhower `Ike' MacArthur (Brown), a pot smoking son of Baptist preacher who can't keep his hands off his stepmother, Oliver (Parker), who knocked up his girlfriend Candy (Nelkin), threatening his father's mayoral candidacy, and Hash (Citera), the son of a wealthy sheik and persistent pickpocket. As the boys arrive at the Sheldon R.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Funny, Funny! October 2, 2003
By K. Beck
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. There's not much more to say. The other reviews are dead on about this one. I just wish it was on dvd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie! "Say it again!" March 14, 1999
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There are lots of funny movies around but this one "stands out like a turd in a punchbowl"! This movie has so many great one liners that you can't count them all. And the use of stereotypes is so blatant that a movie like this couldn't be made today without severe repraisal from the PC police. "Something About Mary" comea close, though. The zeal with which Ron Liebman plays the part of evil camp commandant Maj. Vaughn Liceman is a wicked delight! I admit I may be biased towards this movie as it holds a certain feel and nostalgia for my high school days of the early eighties. And, hey, the soundtrack can't be beat. The action moves along quickly as the boys scheme their way to liberation from the evil commandant. You can feel the suspense (and laughter) buliding towards the climatic soccerfield scene. I will never get tired of this movie. Jim-Bob says "check it out"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A funny movie
Published 24 days ago by Victoria Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars "Say It Again!!"
This is one of those early 80s movies that's largely unknown and probably for good reason. Script is cheesy and campy and kind of predictable performances are a bit over-the-top... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Jurs
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's movie that I hadn't seen.
Not very good, but my wife suggested that I watch it. Ralph Macchio still looks the same as he did back then.
Published 8 months ago by Dana Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome say it again
Always been one of my favorites say it again say it again should really watch the movie because its the only movie your gonna get from this
Published 14 months ago by Vick s
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Movie, Unless you
remember it as a teen growing up. Music is great...Brought back goofy memories. If you have never seen the movie don't bother.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny...not for everyone
Enjoyable to those of us with a love of toilet humor ( read Adam Sandler movies ) especially gems like this one from the eighties.
Published 17 months ago by MoviezRhino
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny old movie!
This was my favorite movie from the 80's. I bought it & still laughed at the crude humor. Ron Leibman was a hoot! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shenaca
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I got this as a gift for my brother we watched it growing up. It was easy, fast, and I still love it today.
Published 20 months ago by Sharon Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to laugh?
This movie is so dumb, you can't help yourself but laugh.
It's far from being a good movie, but sometimes you need to see something just for the pure fun of it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the 80s
If you grew up with cable TV in the eighties you'll remember this one. It is still funny when the kids get their revenge.. has some quotable lines.. "Say it againnn! Read more
Published 21 months ago by ralph fritz II
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