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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.

Director:

Penny Marshall

Writer:

Jim Burnstein

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Bill Rago
Gregory Hines ... Sergeant Cass
James Remar ... Captain Tom Murdoch
Ed Begley Jr. ... Jack Markin
Lillo Brancato ... Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Stacey Dash ... Pvt. Miranda Myers
Kadeem Hardison ... Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery
Richard T. Jones ... Pvt. Jackson Leroy
Khalil Kain ... Pvt. Roosevelt Nathaniel Hobbs
Peter Simmons Peter Simmons ... Pvt. Brian Davis, Jr.
Gregory Sporleder ... Pvt. Melvin (as Greg Sporleder)
Mark Wahlberg ... Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood
Cliff Robertson ... Colonel James
Ben Wright Ben Wright ... Private Oswald
Ann Cusack ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By the Book See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,557,590, 5 June 1994

Gross USA:

$24,332,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,332,324
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the barracks, Lillo Brancato's character reenacts a scene from Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De Niro. Brancato's impression of De Niro for a talent scout one year earlier landed him his breakthrough role in De Niro's film A Bronx Tale (1993). See more »

Goofs

If you're watching the movie with subtitles you will notice that, when one of the guys is impersonating Robert DeNiro in Raging bull, the subtitle says "impersonating Robert DeNiro". Later on however when the same guy is impersonating Scarface, the subtitle also say "impersonating Robert DeNiro". However a true fan will know that it is Al Pacino who is in Scarface. See more »

Quotes

[reading about why they joined the Army]
Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood: There's these woods behind our trailer park. This old guy lives in the woods there. Everybody in town swore he was crazy. He showed me how to hunt, and how to be real quiet, and how to listen. He said he had seen everythin' in the world he wanted to see, and he ain't never wanted to leave those woods. Well, me and my daddy got laid off at the paper mill, and whilst I spent about five months watchin' TV with my brothers, I kept thinkin' of what the old man...
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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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 srobi280See 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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