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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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One Man's Mission To Teach The Few, The Proud... The Impossible! See more »

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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

The writer, Jim Burnstein, and his family can be seen behind Danny DeVito when Bill Rago and his daughter are at the Tigers game. To the right of Mr. Burnstein are his son Gabe, daughter Devon and his wife. Usually Mr. Burnstein and Gabe are the only ones visible on screen. See more »

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When Hobbs is being handcuffed we see one arm being cuffed. A close-up shows the same arm being cuffed again, then wide shot shows both cuffed. See more »

Quotes

Florist: Hey, excuse me, sir. I'm lookin' for the base chapel
Bill Rago: Base chapel?
Florist: Yeah.
Bill Rago: Go back around the curve 'til you reach the P.X. Ya hang a right. Ya come to that line A.P.C.s, ya turn left. Go half a click, ya come to the R.F.P.C. building. It's right around the back. Got it?
Florist: [confused] Yeah.
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To Be Or Not To Be
Written by Mervyn Warren & Mark Wahlberg
Performed by Cast of 'Renaissance Man'
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Danny de Vito is great!
13 January 2001 | by (Tilburg, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film is a very nice one. There are a few reasons for that. Danny de Vito (playing Bill Rago) is great and plays his role very enthusiast. De Vito's best scene is the one where he is in the office where he's going for a job. He totally does NOT want to be there because he's ashamed of being there. When he gets a teaching job offered, the look on his face,when he finds out he is supposed to teach soldiers in the army, is marvelous. All the other actors are playing (very) good, especially Gregory Hines as drill-instructor who wants Bill Rago gone. The few scenes Hines and De Vito share together are no less than hilarious, that's for sure.

The story is not as strong as the (sometimes) brilliant acting from the whole cast. To be honest, the story of Jim Burnstein is predictable and boring. Not only is the ending something you know 30 minutes before it's there, also the most important lines of the story are predictable and because of that boring. I can't spoil the movie, but let me tell you: For this film, Jim Burnstein wanted all happy things and endings, even when it's not appropriate.

If you have read Willliam Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' (a brilliant book, if I may say so) you'll enjoy this film a lot more.

If you like this motion picture you should also see 'Dead Poets Society' with Robin Williams.


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