Renaissance Man (1994)

Renaissance Man (1994)




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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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Buena Vista

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Gregory Hines
as Sgt. Cass
Danny DeVito
as Bill Rago
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
Laurence Irby
as Officer
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 (18) | Top Critics (3)

Having taken basic training at Ft Jackson, SC this film had a lot of memories for me. Plus Penny Marshall autographed my "League of Their Own" poster for me after the premiere.

December 31, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Okay "heartwarming" drama. Tries too hard, but mostly works.

July 13, 2003

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March 19, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

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July 3, 2005

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May 5, 2005
Film Threat

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March 26, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Renaissance Man


Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man almost could be a really good film. Unfortunately, the script is so repeated.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable enough to check it out. Features a young Wahlberg, and Danny DeVito is very funny.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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