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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

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Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
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Pvt. Melvin (as Greg Sporleder)
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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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There's only one man big enough to take them on... 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)

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$24,332,324 (USA)
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Trivia

Stephen Dorff turned down the role of Tommy Lee Haywood. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is walking through the medical clinic with CPT Murdoch, the medical personnel are using guns to give shots to the new recruits. Those guns were no longer used after 1975 because of the possibility of spreading Hepatitis C. The movie was filmed in 1994 and even if it were supposed to be of an earlier time it would have depicted sometime later than 1975, because BDU's had not replaced plain fatigues by that time. See more »

Quotes

Melvin: I ain't never gonna hit my kids.
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Connections

Spoofs Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

LISTEN TO THE RAIN
Written by Monroe Jones, Scott Crago and Stevie Nicks
Performed by Stevie Nicks
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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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