An unemployed advertising executive (Danny DeVito) takes a job teaching an underachieving class of Army recruits in this fish-out-of-water story. His radical tactics, though frowned on by the Army, help the students learn, and in turn the kids teach him a thing or two.
Mark Wahlberg - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Marky Mark - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Cliff Robertson - American Actor
Clifford Parker Robertson III - American Actor
Penny Marshall - American Film and Television Actress/Director, BIG, LAVERNE
Ed Begley Jr. - American actor, ST. ELSEWHERE
Stacey Dash - Actress/"Mo' Money"
James Remar - American character actor
Gregory Hines - American Actor/Dancer
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Richard Timothy Jones - Actor/ EVENT HORIZON, THE WOOD
Richard T. Jones - Actor/ EVENT HORIZON, THE WOOD
Buzz Feitshans - Producer, mid '70s-late 90s, father of Buzz Feitshans IV
Bill Rago, an unemployed advertising exec, accepts a job teaching English to a group of crude, intelligence-free Army privates. Rago eventually converts them (using Shakespeare), and has a positive effect on their personal lives in the process.
The film was shot at Fort Jackson in South Carolina where real soldiers were used as extras. Released in USA June 3, 1994. Dolby Recording. Shot in Technicolor. Copyright Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Cinergi Production N.V., and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
"...RENAISSANCE MAN generates its share of laughs, and the filmmakers have done a terrific job of casting the eight recruits with fresh faces who bring the film an inordinate amount of energy..." - 05/30/1994 Variety
"...DeVito is remarkably good in the role....It seems to have touched something genuine in him....The result is his best screen work since Barry Levinson's TIN MEN..." - 06/03/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F4