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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:
... Bill Rago
... Sergeant Cass
... Captain Tom Murdoch
... Jack Markin
... Pvt. Donnie Benitez (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
... Pvt. Miranda Myers
... Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery
... Pvt. Jackson Leroy
... Pvt. Roosevelt Nathaniel Hobbs
Peter Simmons ... Pvt. Brian Davis, Jr.
... Pvt. Melvin (as Greg Sporleder)
... Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood
... Colonel James
Ben Wright ... Private Oswald
... 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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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 USA:

$5,557,590, 5 June 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,332,324
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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

Private Miranda Myers: I'd rather be a Double D than a swinger from the ugly tree, you fat pig.
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Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

CANTALOOP (FLIP FANTASIA)
Written by Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Kelly, Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson
Performed by Us3
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Truly nice, for the heartwarmer crowd
7 February 2005 | by 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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