• Renaissance Man (1994)

Renaissance Man

Release Date: June 1st, 1994

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 2003

PG-13 |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

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: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Cliff Robertson, Lillo Brancato, Stacey Dash, Kadeem Hardison, Richard T. Jones

Director: Penny Marshall

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Parkway Productions

Distributors: Abril Vídeo, Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Lighthearted, Soldier, 1990s, Transformation, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    We know exactly where this picture is going at all times. Holding our attention, however, is a cast of fresh talent among the trainees. [03 Jun 1994]

  • 50
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    The director Penny Marshall has a gently persuasive touch that keeps the movie's most brazen manipulations from being too offensive. [02 Jun 1994]

  • 63
    TV Guide Magazine

    Renaissance Man is an exceptionally unoriginal comedy with a heart-tugging streak as big as Fort Bragg, but it succeeds perfectly well on its own unambitious terms. show more

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