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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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Captain Tom Murdoch
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Jack Markin
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Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
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Bill's Secretary
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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

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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,557,590 (USA) (5 June 1994)

Gross:

$24,332,324 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter 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 »

Goofs

When Hobbs' first arm is handcuffed, the chain side of the handcuff is on the inside (palm side) of his wrist. But, after the second cuff is applied, both are on the outside (knuckle side) of his wrists. See more »

Quotes

Bill Rago: All I know is, the choices we make dictate the life we lead. "To thine own self be true."
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Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

IN LOVE
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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Truly nice, for the heartwarmer crowd
7 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

Army recruits categorized as, shall we say, neither the best nor brightest, but they somehow get turned on when reluctant teacher DeVito reads Shakespeare's Hamlet to them and it hits a chord. The high point of the film is reached when one of those recites on command his "irrelevant" Shakespeare on a rainy night's drill to Sergeant Gregory Hines and finds in his memory from "Henry V" (with lead-in not at hand) "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother." This is a truly nice movie, about heroes but not about touting war. At a later point, my usually stoic wife shed some tears. Danny De Vito is surprising to me. He generally leaps over my expectations, no matter how far I raise them up.


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