Renaissance Man

1994, Comedy, 2h 9m

25 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Renaissance Man tries to simultaneously be a literary comedy, an inspirational drama, and a star vehicle that caters to Danny DeVito's strengths, but proves to be a master of none. Read critic reviews

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After getting canned from his advertising job, down-and-out divorcé Bill Rago (Danny DeVito) gets a gig teaching English at a nearby army base. There, he takes on a group of underachieving students from poor backgrounds who seem apathetic about their education. Bill becomes frustrated, but finally turns the class around when he begins discussing "Hamlet." However, Sgt. Cass (Gregory Hines), a hardened drill instructor, is skeptical of Bill's teaching methods.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Hines
Sergeant Cass
James Remar
Captian Tom Murdock
Cliff Robertson
Colonel James
Lillo Brancato
Pvt. Donnie Benitez
Stacey Dash
Pvt. Miranda Myers
Kadeem Hardison
Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery
Richard T. Jones
Pvt. Jackson Leroy
Khalil Kain
Pvt. Roosevelt Nathaniel Hobbs
Peter Simmons
Pvt. Brian Davis, Jr.
Mark Wahlberg
Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood
Jim Burnstein
Screenwriter
Buzz Feitshans
Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Adam Greenberg
Cinematographer
George Bowers
Film Editor
Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Design
Jennifer Williams
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Critic Reviews for Renaissance Man

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (22)

Audience Reviews for Renaissance Man

  • May 21, 2011
    Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man almost could be a really good film. Unfortunately, the script is so repeated.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    I can't believe that only 10 people have wrote a review for "Renaissance Man." I thought it was a lot more popular than that and I know that it deserves all the praise and popularity that it can get! Bill Rago (Danny DeVito) takes a job as a teacher in the Army even though he doesn't have any teaching experience and doesn't really want the job. Yeah I agree that that does sound a little far fetched, but not all movies have to tell a true story! Bill doesn't exactly know what to teach about, so he just teaches the 'students' about something he really likes, the book, Hamlet. Will the army students enjoy learning about Hamlet or will they think it's boring? Will Bill Rago be a good teacher or a fluke? I recommend watching the movie to find out. I thought "Renaissance Man" was a great movie. Unlike what many people might think or might had heard about it previously, it's not really a full-fledged comedy movie. Danny DeVito is hilarious in the movie and the part that I'll remember the most from the whole movie is one of the funniest parts I've ever seen in any movie!! I couldn't quit laughing at the part where Danny DeVito got to the top of a tall place in the army, and he has to try and work his way down with a rope even though he's TERRIFIED of heights. "Renaissance Man" has a few other hilarious parts, but really when it all comes down to it, it's more of a drama movie and more of a feel-good movie than it is a comedy. Not that that's bad, but that's the only complaint I have whatsoever about the movie, it could've had a few more hilarious parts where more people would have given it rave reviews and remembered it the rest of their lives. However, it wasn't bad enough to take away any of my rating for it, so I still give it a 5. If you like great comedy/drama movies, I recommend getting "Renaissance Man." You'll laugh your head off and feel the drama at the same time. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. That's just BS...this was 8½ years ago that I first saw the part where Devito's trying to scale down a wall? Seems like yesterday!
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2009
    ...tried to watch it...no no no no NO
    Latrice B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2008
    <b>This Movie is really great.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer

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