Renaissance Man – Brought to you by A to Z

Renaissance man is a film by Penny Marshal starring Danny DeVito and Gregory Hines. I say that up front because I want you to watch it. Reviews are iffy and it did not do well in theaters but I loved it.


Simple story about the power of teachers really. DeVito plays the guy trying to teach the young soldiers so they might make it through Basic Training. Hine’s plays the kids Drill Instructor who wants the same but feel DeVito is wasting his and the Army’s time.  The kids of course feel nothing will make a difference so why bother.  Of course the fact that he is trying to teach them Shakespeare, makes it funnier to me, especially since he chose Hamlet.

Image result for renaissance man original moveie poster

Favorite Quote – Really Scene – Bill is reading hamlet to the class and one of the soldiers asks if he is going to translate it and Bill Says “Why, It’s in English”.

Its my favorite because I felt the very same way in English when we would go over Shakespeare. I would have loved a translator.


9 thoughts on “Renaissance Man – Brought to you by A to Z

  1. zuludelta45 says:

    Great post…. Keep writing! Zulu Delta

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  2. This is one of my favorite films. You really do see the transformative power of narrative on both sides — for the teacher and the students.

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  3. I love Danny Devito !


  4. Another one I haven’t seen. Love Danny Devito, though, so I should fix that!

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  5. Thank you for connecting and for the film recommendation.. I had not heard of the film but will put on the watch list. Sally

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  6. susanbruck says:

    Another movie I never heard of, but I love Danny DiVito, and will check it out. Thanks!

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  7. I often laugh when there are subtitles for people speaking on certain shows with English being spoken with a southern drawl or New Orleans accent.

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  8. I’ll add this to my list! Lol, Shakespeare in school was a trip. If we were lucky, they’d give us a handout with the modern English on one side and Shakespearean English on the other.

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