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Up the Academy (1980)





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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. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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Tom Citera
as Hash
J. Hutchinson
as Oliver
Ralph Macchio
as Chooch
Ron Leibman
as Major
Harry Teinowitz
as Ververgaert
Tom Poston
as Sisson
Ian Wolfe
as Commandant Caseway
King Coleman
as Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera
as Mrs. Bombalazzi
Yvonne Francis
as Commandant's Wife
James G. Robertson
as Mayor Holt
Rosemary Eliot
as Mayor Holt's Wife
Louis Zorich
as Sheik Amier
Robert Lynn Mock
as Burly Cook
Tyrees Allen
as Assistant Cook
Eric Hanson
as Tough Upperclassman
Ken White
as Chester
Patrick McKenna
as Henchman #1
Robert Scopa
as Henchman #2
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Critic Reviews for Up the Academy

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Cheerfully and rudely haphazard.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

In an attempt to follow National Lampoon, it was the first and only film produced by MAD Magazine. One viewing reveals why.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Notable only because its star, Ron Liebman, sued the studio to have his name removed from the credits and advertising.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
TV Guide

I can plainly understand why several involved parties lobbied to get their names removed from this film.

Full Review… | February 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for Up the Academy


(**): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Some laughs but nothing really special here.


I really liked this movie, it's very funny and goofy, and it's a good teen story too. If you like teen comedies I highly recommend it, and it's brought to you by Mad Magazine!

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

More transgressive than almost any teen comedy, but not funny enough -- though it's funnier than Cracked, funnier than the Lighter Side Of... And it's funnier than Police Academy and more visually interesting than Stripes. Ron Liebman may have taken his name off, but really, his role isn't well-written and his performance is lacking. The movie isn't bad. Also, the soundtrack is hipper than it should be and so is Ralph Macchio.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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