Renaissance Man


Renaissance Man

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Culture-clash comedy in which Danny DeVito tries to teach Shakespeare to a group of "ineducable" soldiers.

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Danny DeVito
as Bill Rago
Gregory Hines
as Sgt. Cass
James Remar
as Capt. Murdoch
Cliff Robertson
as Col. James
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Donnie Benitez
Stacey Dash
as Miranda Myers
Kadeem Hardison
as Jamaal Montgomery
Mark Wahlberg
as Tommy Lee Haywood
Khalil Kain
as Roosevelt Hobbs
Richard T. Jones
as Jackson Leroy
Peter Simmons
as Brian Davis Jr.
Greg Sporleder
as Mel Melvin
Ben Wright
as Private Oswald
Ed Begley Jr.
as Jack Martin
Ann Cusack
as Bill's Secretary
Jeb Brown
as 1st Young Executive
Paul Abbott
as 2nd Young Executive
Nat Mauldin
as U Love To Rent
Jenifer Lewis
as Mrs. Coleman
Alanna Ubach
as Emily Rago
Matthew Kessler
as Guard Gate MP
J. Leon II Pridgen
as Captain Murdoch's Aide
J.J. Nettles
as Bartender
Gregory Sporleder
as Pvt. Mel Melvin
Tom Houck
as Company Commander
Robert Head
as Male Platoon Drill Sergeant
Robert Steele
as Male Platoon Drill Sergeant
Yolanda Tisdale
as Male Platoon Drill Sergeant
Julio Dominguez
as Female Platoon Drill Sergeant
Ronald Elder
as Female Platoon Drill Sergeant
Sheila Logan
as Female Platoon Drill Sergeant
Belinda Fairley
as Female Private
Christopher Baker
as Laundry 1st Private
Sal Rendino
as Laundry 2nd Private
Gary T. McTague
as Laundry Truck Driver
Alexander Zmijewski
as Colonel James Aide
Samaria Graham
as Shana Leroy
R.M. Haley
as Florist
Daniel Bateman
as Graduation Drill Sergeant
Alphonsa Smith
as Graduation Sergeant Major
Jim Ochs
as Customs Officer
Don Reilly
as Henry V
Randy Hall
as Henry V Lead Archer
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Critic Reviews for Renaissance Man

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

  • There's a fine line between delighting an audience and pandering to it. "Renaissance Man" leapfrogs across the line.

    Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In essence, a painfully earnest sit-com.

    Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As is, highlights are too often followed by lulls of inactivity or feel-good moments that cause the narrative to drag.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic
  • It enjoys its share of wisecracks, and beyond that means to be a cry for literacy and learning. But as a one-book movie, it's part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Full Review…
  • As strange as it sounds, DeVito's performance is about the only aspect of the film that isn't wholly fraudulent, if only because his typical feisty abrasiveness protects him from sinking to the level of Marshall's mawkishness.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • But this is not brilliant emotional manipulation. It's just the same sort of audience pandering Marshall picked up from all those years co-starring in "Laverne and Shirley."

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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 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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