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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Peter Simmons ...
Pvt. Brian Davis, Jr.
Pvt. Melvin (as Greg Sporleder)
Ben Wright ...
Private Oswald
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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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There's only one man big enough to take them on... See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

By the Book  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$24,332,324 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scenes of the fictional "Fort McClane, Michigan," were filmed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Landmarks, the post's motto "Victory Starts Here," and the distinctive unit insignia of Fort Jackson all reveal the true identity of the base. See more »


The police car picking up Hobbs has only blue lights but the reflections show flashing red lights See more »


Melvin: I ain't never gonna hit my kids.
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


Music by Frank Peterson, Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz
Lyrics by Alex Christensen, Prince Ital Joe and Mark Wahlberg
Performed by Prince Ital Joe Feat Mark Wahlberg (as Marky Mark)
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Great works of art transcend cultural barriers.
17 November 1998 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

This film is about educating the most unlikely people so that they will be able to appreciate beauty of the classical works. For me, it's very moving because enjoying good works of art are fully part of enjoying life. Besides, the film is well done and funny. And last but not least, education is properly shown as a two-way process: the teacher will learn a lot from his students during the very time he teaches them. In summary, I loved the story and sent everyone I met to see it. And most of them were happy too.

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