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Renaissance Man (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1994 (USA)
A failed businessman is hired by the army to teach a group of underachieving recruits in order to help them pass basic training.

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Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
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Private Oswald
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Bill's Secretary
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Trivia

In the barracks, Lillo Brancato's character reenacts a scene from Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De Niro. Brancato's impression of De Niro for a talent scout one year earlier landed him his breakthrough role in De Niro's film A Bronx Tale (1993). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bill Rago: Hi. I'm Bill Rago. I've never taught before and you've never thought before. So good luck to all of us.
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Connections

References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

CANTALOOP (FLIP FANTASIA)
Written by Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Kelly, Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson
Performed by Us3
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LOVED IT!!!
6 December 2003 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I first saw it when I was about eight, and it inspired me to read Shakespeare. Of course, because of my age, I was unable to understand HAMLET, but I thought I would just mention it. This movie is a great portrayl of how a formerly selfish man changed himself and his students through Shakespeare. This movie is deep, but it's also very funny and entertaining. There are some great, brilliant moments in here, especially when DeVito says, "All I know is, the choices you make dictate the life you lead. To thine own self be true. " There is also an excellent scene where one of the students recites Shakespeare for Hines, the drill sergeant. This is a fantastic movie that I absolutely loved, as did my English teacher. I highly recommend it. Of course, if you only find Bruce Willis movies entertaining, this movie is not for you.


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