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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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Pvt. Brian Davis, Jr.
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Pvt. Melvin (as Greg Sporleder)
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Ben Wright ...
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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One Man's Mission To Teach The Few, The Proud... The Impossible! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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3 June 1994 (USA)  »

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By the Book  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,332,324 (USA)
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Trivia

About halfway through the movie, when Bill Rago (Danny DeVito) is in Col. James's (Cliff Robertson) office, you can see a red patch on the far right in the background. This is a Ragin' Bull Six patch from the United States Air Force Academy. See more »

Goofs

When presenting any award, such as a medal, the officer presenting the medal NEVER goes to the person to be awarded unless that person is disabled or otherwise unable to move easily. Instead Pvt Davis would have been ordered "front and center" in front of the Colonel to be presented his father's Silver Star Medal. See more »

Quotes

Bill Rago: GO NAVY.
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Connections

References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A.
Written and performed by John Mellencamp
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Miss-marketed
24 April 2006 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that this movie is miss-marketed as a comedy. As a comedy, this movie is, at best, mediocre. Sure, there are some funny moments, but it isn't nearly as hilarious as it claims to be. However, what this movie lacks in comedy, it makes up for with it's other qualities. This is a warm, fuzzy, feel-good movie with a lot of wisdom in it. The character development is excellent and we really get to like the characters. The bond between DeVito and his students is strong. This movie is very touching, with a few funny moments in-between. Sure, there are some corny scenes (the rap scene) but hey, every teacher has their own way of making their students understand their material, right? I would recommend this movie, although not as a comedy.


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