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[[Performer~P101407~Penny Marshall~pennymarshall]]'s feel-good comedy, invoking parts of [[Feature~V12714~Dead Poet's Society~deadpoetssociety]], [[Feature~V44910~Sister Act~sisteract]], and [[Feature~V39294~Private Benjamin~privatebenjamin]], features [[Performer~P17602~Danny DeVito~dannydevito]] as Bill Rago, a divorced advertising man who is fired from his job. During an appointment at the unemployment office, a counselor finds him a job as a civilian instructor at the local Army base. At the base, he is assigned a group of eight army hardcases. Rago is supposed to increase this group's "basic comprehension." Sweating it out and unable to interest his students in anything, he finally latches onto Shakespeare. He turns the lecture into a master class on Hamlet with the students converting the Shakespeare tragedy into a rap musical. Looking askance at all this is drill sergeant Cass ([[Performer~P32443~Gregory Hines~gregoryhines]]), who feels that the whole class is a waste of time. Finally winning the respect of his students, Rago now has to win the hearts and minds of the contemptuous Cass and his staff. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Danny DeVito
as Bill Rago
Gregory Hines
as Sgt. Cass
James Remar
as Capt. Murdoch
Cliff Robertson
as Col. James
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Donnie Benitez
Stacey Dash
as Private Miranda Myers
Kadeem Hardison
as Private Jamaal Montgomery
Richard T. Jones
as Pvt. Jackson Leroy
Khalil Kain
as Private Roosevelt Hobbs
Mark Wahlberg
as Private Heywood
Paula Herold
Gregory Sporleder
as Pvt. Mel Melvin
Jenifer Lewis
as Mrs. Coleman
Nat Mauldin
as U Love To Rent
Isabella Hofmann
as Marie
Tony Danza
Randy Hall
as Henry V Lead Actor
Ed Begley, Jr.
as Jack Markin
Paul Abbott
as 2nd Young Executive
Jim Ochs
as Customs Officer
Ann Cusack
as Bill's Secretary
Alanna Ubach
as Emily Rago
R.M. Haley
as Florist

Crew

Penny Marshall
Director
Elliot Abbott
Producer
Robert Greenhut
Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Producer
Sara Colleton
Producer
Buzz Feitshans
Producer
Jim Burnstein
Screenwriter
Nat Mauldin
Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Battle Davis
Editor
George Bowers
Editor
Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Designer
Richard L. Johnson
Art Director
Amy Lemisch
Co-producer
Timothy M. Bourne
Co-producer
Penny Marshall
Executive Producer
Jennifer Williams
Set Designer
Robert Fechtman
Set Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Stan Parks
Special Effects
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
First Assistant Director
Paula Herold
Casting
Christina Smith
Makeup
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