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Private Benjamin (1980)

 -  Comedy | War  -  10 October 1980 (USA)
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A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

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Teddy Benjamin
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Harriet Benjamin
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Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
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1st Sgt. Jim Ballard
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Yale Goodman
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Rabbi
Estelle Marlov ...
Vocalist at Wedding
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Arnie
Lee Wallace ...
Mr. Waxman
James Dybas ...
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Storyline

When her husband dies in the wedding night Judy decides to join the army. What looks like a bad decision at first, turns out not so bad at all. That is, until her superior makes sexual advances. She is transferred to NATO headquarters in Europe and (re)meets the Frenchman Henri. Judy and Henri decide to marry, but will they ? Written by Berend Meijer <bmeijer@euronet.nl>

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The army was no laughing matter until Judy Benjamin joined it.

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Comedy | War

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Release Date:

10 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pícara recluta  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

P.J. Soles, who plays Pvt. Wanda Winter also plays Stella the following year in the army flick Stripes (1981) with Bill Murray. See more »

Goofs

When the troops are in their morning routines, mountains similar to California are seen in he background, but the movie is set in Mississippi, where there are no mountains. See more »

Quotes

Judy Benjamin: Henri, you are a shmuck.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

When Judy Benjamin was eight years old, she confessed her life's desire to her best friend.

"All I want," Judy whispered, "is a big house... nice clothes, two closets, a live-in maid, and a professional man for a husband."

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Soundtracks

We Are Family
(uncredited)
by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
Performed by Sister Sledge
on tape player in barracks
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A funny comedy
29 March 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a unfortunate young lady whose husband dies on their wedding night. She copes with her sorrow by mistakenly enlisting in the United States army.

"Private Benjamin" is very funny! Even the film is already thirty years old, the jokes are timeless. The scene that Goldie Hawn explaining that she is sent to the wrong army is hilarious. Well, actually the whole section about her adjusting to the fact that Army life is not a holiday is hilarious. Even though I have seen similar story lines before, it is still hilarious. If only all the comedies stood the test of time like "Private Benjamin"!


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