Renaissance Man (film)
Renaissance Man is a 1994 comedy film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar and Ed Begley, Jr. In Australia, the film is known under the title of Army Intelligence. The film was also remarketed several months after its initial release as a comedy, this time as a drama under the title of By the Book.
- Soldiers: [chanting] Hamlet's mother, she's the queen / Buys it in the final scene / Drinks a glass of funky wine / Now she's Satan's Valentine.
[talking about Shakespeare to the class]
- Bill: He wrote plays. Plays...? You know, like TV without the box.
- Miranda: I'd rather be a Double D than a swinger from the ugly tree, you fat pig.
- Bill: GO NAVY.
- Bill: Hi, I'm Bill Rango. I've never taught before and you've never thought before. So good luck to all of us.
[Bill writes "oxymoron" on the board]
- Jamaal: You can't say that. That is a diss. I ain't no ox moron.
- Bill: No, no, no. Not ox moron, schmuck; oxymoron.
- Bill: All I know is, the choices you make dictate the life you lead. "To thine own self be true."
[Melvin is reading a passage from Hamlet in a monotone voice]
- Bill: Melvin, read the rest of it when you come out of the coma.
- Jamaal: Bill, are you going translate this?
- Bill: Why? It's in English.
- Soldier 1: You seen my green socks?
- Solider 2: We all got green socks.
[reading about why they joined the Army]
- Tommy Lee: There's these woods behind our trailer park. This old guy lives in the woods there. Everybody in town swore he was crazy. He showed me how to hunt, and how to be real quiet, and how to listen. He said he had seen everything in the world he wanted to see, and he ain't never wanted to leave those woods. Well, me and my daddy got laid off at the paper mill, and whilst I spent about five months watching TV with my brothers, I kept thinking of what the old man said. Finally, I decided that I did want to see more of the world, and what was behind that trailer park. And that's why I joined up.
- Miranda: I liked living with my aunt, Mavis, in Chicago the best. Bust last summer, my mother, Ruthie, came back and we drove to Atlanta. She said, "We don't have to stay long," but then she met a man, and they take off. I waited around for a while, waiting for her to come back, but everybody keep saying, "Just go on home." I don't know where that is. So I take the bus to Cleveland and spend two days staring at the poster behind the driver saying, "Be all you can be." So I think about that for a week, and think I got to be somewhere, so here I am.
- Jamaal: In my crib, there ain't never been a time where we eat, sleep, or nothing. You know, everybody just run around crazy. Half the time, I don't even know who were are. I must be the only person in the world who joined the army so he'd know what time he'd eat.
- Roosevelt: I wanted to learn a new trade.
- Bill: [about reading their essay] All right, who wants to start?
- Bill: Nobody?
- Bill: I thought this was the volunteer army...
- Bill: Write... why you're here.
- Tommy Lee: This is where they told us to be.
- Bill: No, no. Write about the magical twist of fate that prompted you to gravitate towards this institute of imbeciles.
- Jamaal: [confused] What?
- Bill: [very nonchalantly] Write why you joined the Army.