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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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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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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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According to Penny Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts", the part of Sergeant Cass was originally offered to Ving Rhames. He turned it down, as a friend (Quentin Tarantino) had written a part for him specifically, in Pulp Fiction. When he turned the role down, it was offered to Gregory Hines. Penny Marshall's only concern was that Gregory Hines was too nice. Even when he was yelling at the troops, he came off as nice. See more »

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When Hobbs is being handcuffed we see one arm being cuffed. A close-up shows the same arm being cuffed again, then wide shot shows both cuffed. See more »

Quotes

[Rago tells Leroy about Leon Battista Alberti, the archetypal "Renaissance Man."]
Bill Rago: But you know what I remember most about him?
Pvt. Jackson Leroy: No.
Bill Rago: They said that he could stand, with his feet together like this, and spring straight over a man's head.
Pvt. Jackson Leroy: [laughs] Really?
Bill Rago: If Leon Battista Alberti couldn't have done that, I wouldn't have remembered a thing about him.
Pvt. Jackson Leroy: So, wait... he was sort of like a smart jock, wasn't he?
Bill Rago: That's right.
Pvt. Jackson Leroy: Now there's an oxymoron, isn't it?
Bill Rago: You got it.
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References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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I recommend it to all
2 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

What a polarity of opinions on this one! It's either love it or hate it time. Put me definitely in the camp of this movie's admirers and supporters. I noticed that many of this film's fans were from all over: Texas, Canada, Scotland, Brooklyn, Australia, and Paris! Many noticed the similarity to Dead Poets Society as did I. Other movies it could be compared to are Mr. Holland's Opus and Konrack, and the more recent French film, The Chorus, movies in which other teachers too are celebrated for enriching the lives and spirits of their students. I think your Parisian correspondent sums it up the best: to see fine art working its way into the psyches of those previously unaware of it and to see people growing in spirit as a result of their exposure to and interactivity with it: that's what makes this story such a treat and an inspiration. It's what makes being a teacher worthwhile and justified. It moved and touched me. I had a personal connection to this movie's plot line as well: I knew a teacher who used to go into inner city schools and also taught the kids Shakespeare, especially the old-fashioned swear words the author used in the plays! Quite successfully too. Also, I grew up in Detroit so I appreciated the opening of the film set on familiar streets of the Motor City. A beautiful and touching film. None of the film's critics or supporters commented on the plot line in which the teacher recovered the true history of his recruit's father's unrecognized heroism. That was beautiful too. Go see this film and be inspired.


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