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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • UPC: 012569759213
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Patrick McKenna
Ken White
Louis Zorich
Luke Andreas Vitto
Candy Ann Brown Nubia
Antonio Fargas Coach
Ian Wolfe Capt. Causeway
Technical Credits
Robert Downey Sr. Director
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer, Producer
Bud Molin Editor
Tom Patchett Screenwriter
Danton Rissner Producer
Harry Stradling Jr. Cinematographer
Mary Olivia Swanson Set Decoration/Design
Jay Tarses Screenwriter
Peter W. Wooley Production Designer
Jody Taylor Worth Score Composer
Marvin Worth Producer
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Up the Academy
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Classic!!!

    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!

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