Thus, Up the Academy was produced. The movie stars Ron Leibman (who had his name removed from the credits despite being the main antagonist) as Major Vaughn Liceman, a semi-fascist instructor at a Military School where a group of teen misfits get into trouble, lust over Barbara Bach (playing the armaments specialist), and try any way they can to buck the system and turn the tables on Liceman.
The movie's raunchy humor was a sore point for many, including the Mad staff, and fans of the magazine. Mad publisher William M. Gaines paid $30,000 to have all references to the movie removed from television broadcasts and home video releases after it was a box office failure. However, the original version of the movie was put back into syndication and released on DVD after Time/Warner purchased Mad.
If you'd like to see for yourself right from the source how the "gang of idiots" at Mad really felt about this film, you can see Mad Magazine Resents Throw Up The Academy here.◊
Up The Academy was directed by Robert Downey Sr. A young Ralph Macchio plays one of the main characters. Antonio Fargas plays the soccer coach, and a young Robert Downey Jr. appears as one of the boys on the soccer team. Rick Baker designed the mask for Alfred E. Neuman, who appears during the opening and ending sequences.
Provides examples of the following tropes:
- Black Comedy: A politician with a strong anti-abortion stance orders his son's girlfriend to have an abortion and break up with him so they won't ruin his election chances.
- Depraved Homosexual: Sisson
- The Devil: Ike compares Liceman to Satan in a letter to Ike's father, a preacher:I met your friend, the devil. You're right, dad, he IS white!
- Military School: Sheldon R. Wienberg Academy