Up the Academy

Up the Academy

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Director: Robert Downey Sr., Ron Leibman, Wendell Brown, Tom Citera

Cast: Robert Downey Sr., Ron Leibman, Wendell Brown, Tom Citera

     
 
A teen comedy that does not quite rise to the level of that age group, this uninspired story features Ron Liebman as the Major, a sadistic instructor at a military school. Ralph Macchio (before his 1984 hit, Karate Kid) and other teens of every stripe suffer through the indignities heaped on them by the Major and do their best with the sexual, ethnic, and

Overview

A teen comedy that does not quite rise to the level of that age group, this uninspired story features Ron Liebman as the Major, a sadistic instructor at a military school. Ralph Macchio (before his 1984 hit, Karate Kid) and other teens of every stripe suffer through the indignities heaped on them by the Major and do their best with the sexual, ethnic, and racial stereotypes that the script gives them to handle. Robert Downey directs, Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses wrote the screenplay.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Mad Magazine's attempt at a comedy film fails to capture the madcap spirit of the magazine and instead comes off like a third-rate knockoff of National Lampoon's Animal House. The script by t.v. comedy vets Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses lacks the specific details or inspired characterizations necessary to make the story take off, instead settling for a string of tired comedy cliches. One might have expected former underground-film darling Robert Downey to really stick it to institutions like private school and the military with a set-up like this but his handling of the material gives it the feel of a tired television sitcom livened up with a few choice bits of profanity. The only really solid aspects of Up The Academy are the soundtrack, which makes nice use of classics by the likes of the Kinks and the Stooges, and a few solid performances: an uncredited Ron Leibman gives the film's evil officer teacher character his manic all, Ralph Macchio wisely underplays his fairly amusing role as a Chachi-styled tough kid and Stacey Nelkin is quite fetching as a cadet's girlfriend who gets roped into the shenanigans. However, this handful of appealing elements isn't enough to offset the film's overall uninspired feel and Up The Academy is thus best left to collect dust with the rest of the Animal House imitators.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
UPC:
0012569759213
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Leibman Major
Wendell Brown Ike
Tom Citera Hash
J. Hutchinson Oliver
Ralph Macchio Chooch
Harry Teinowitz Ververgaert
Tom Poston Sisson
Stacey Nelkin Candy
Barbara Bach Bliss
Leonard Frey Keck
Tyrees Allen Actor
Patrick McKenna Actor
Ken White Actor
Louis Zorich Actor
Luke Andreas Vitto
Candy Ann Brown Nubia
Antonio Fargas Coach
Ian Wolfe Capt. Causeway

Technical Credits
Robert Downey Director
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Bud Molin Editor
Tom Patchett Screenwriter
Danton Rissner Producer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Mary Olivia Swanson Set Decoration/Design
Jay Tarses Screenwriter
Peter W. Wooley Production Designer
Jody Taylor Worth Score Composer
Marvin Worth Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Up the Academy
1. Chooch, Ike, Hash and Oliver [3:57]
2. Credits [2:13]
3. Weinberg Academy [4:07]
4. Major Liceman [4:36]
5. Mail and Booty Calls [3:10]
6. Ballsy Behavior [5:33]
7. Rodney Ververgaert [3:31]
8. Over the Wall [3:30]
9. Giving It the Gas [3:36]
10. Wild Animals [5:04]
11. Photo Finish [4:45]
12. Informer [5:24]
13. Chooch's Counterplan [3:55]
14. Landmines [7:02]
15. Punch Bowl Contents [3:02]
16. Ike Into His Bliss [1:35]
17. Major Frame Job [5:14]
18. Soccer Deal [2:33]
19. Parents Day [2:32]
20. So Sexy [5:21]
21. Hike in His Hitching [2:08]
22. End Credits [4:11]

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Up the Academy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 37 year old woman who has loved this film since the age of 12!!! It is so funny, so low-budget!!! Ron Leibman should be so very proud of his performance as Major Vaughn Liceman, and Ralph Macchio, to some is known as The Karate Kid, but to me, he will always be Chooch! I am so excited that it is being released on dvd!!! Do not hesitate to see this film....you won't regret it!