Renaissance Man (1994)

PG-13  |   |  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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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
Bill's Secretary


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 »


Comedy | Drama

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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  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)


$24,332,324 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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With one minor omission, Pvt Benitez recites the St. Crispian's speech from Henry V perfectly. The actual speech goes "For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother, be he ne'er so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England..." whereas Pvt Benitez recites it as "shall be my brother. And gentlemen in England..." See more »


The underlining under "OXYMORON" changes between when Bill first writes it and when he explains it to Montgomery. See more »


Private Miranda Myers: I'd rather be a Double D than a swinger from the ugly tree, you fat pig.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


Music by Alex Christensen' and Frank Peterson'
Lyrics by Alex Christensen, Prince Ital Joe, Frank Peterson' 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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