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Renaissance Man (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 June 1994 (USA)
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A down-on-his-luck businessman desperately takes the only job offered - a teacher in the U.S. Army. His mission: keep a ragtag bunch of underachieving misfits from flunking out of basic ... See full summary »

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A down-on-his-luck businessman desperately takes the only job offered - a teacher in the U.S. Army. His mission: keep a ragtag bunch of underachieving misfits from flunking out of basic training! Be on alert as this unlikely new teacher and his underdog class unexpectedly inspire each other to be all they can be! Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »
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3 June 1994 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,332,324 (USA)
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According to Penny Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts", the part of Sergeant Cass was originally offered to Ving Rhames. He turned it down as a friend had written a part for him specifically in another movie, Pulp Fiction. When he turned the roll down, it was offered to Gregory Hines. Penny Marshall's only concern was the Gregory Hines was too nice. Even when he was yelling at the troops he came off as nice. See more »

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Although the movie is set in Detroit, when Bill Rago takes his daughter Emily to a Detroit Tigers game you can see a Toronto Blue Jays symbol on the field. See more »

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Pvt. Roosevelt Nathaniel Hobbs: [voice over, while Bill is reading a letter from him] Dear Mr. Rago, Thanks for all your letters. And I don't know what you and Captain Murdoch wrote to the warden but it sure worked. Because I might be getting out of here soon. Just wanted you to know, I'm reading Othello. Imagine that. Mr. Shakespeare writing about a black man way back then, and a soldier too. Prison librarian says I'm the first to check out Shakespeare in 16 years. She asked me if I was interested in signing up for some ...
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HAMLET RAP
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See it for the Shakespeare, enjoy it for it's redemption plot and strong performances.
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a feel good movie, not very deep BUT well conceived, written and acted. DeVito is excellent as a failing marketing man being transformed into a thoughtful, caring army educator. As important is the film's excellent presentation and discussion of the works of Shakespeare.

No surprise, DeVito's self centered abrasiveness meets with antipathy. Army officers don't care. Convinced of their own worthlessness, DeVito's students are disinterested, at best. During the semester, DeVito, mellows, students learn enough to advance,and Army brass begins to appreciates the new teacher.

The best part of this film is not DeVito's or the student's redemption but the film's beguiling Shakespeare presentation. DeVito teaches the Bard with passion. The writers deliver illuminating, focused student dialog. As one who didn't "get" Shakespeare until seeing MacBeth a year after graduation. This movie was a better class than anything I took in high school or college.

Enjoy the film and the class.


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