MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 233 this week

Private Benjamin (1980)

 -  Comedy | War  -  10 October 1980 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 14,658 users  
Reviews: 54 user | 17 critic

A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Private Benjamin (1980)

Private Benjamin (1980) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Private Benjamin.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton
Nine to Five (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
Twins (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
The Birdcage (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman
In & Out (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck
Protocol (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Sweet, unsophisticated Sunny is working as a cocktail waitress. She saves a visiting dignitary and as a reward she gets a top-office job in the Washington beehive. She has to fight against ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Richard Romanus
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.

Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Teddy Benjamin
...
Harriet Benjamin
...
Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
...
1st Sgt. Jim Ballard
...
Yale Goodman
...
Rabbi
Estelle Marlov ...
Vocalist at Wedding
Everett Covin ...
Bandleader
...
Arnie
Lee Wallace ...
Mr. Waxman
James Dybas ...
Photographer
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

army | wedding night | wedding | nato | prank | See more »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Private Benjamin  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,800,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Whilst making this movie, actress Goldie Hawn was going through a divorce from her then husband Bill Hudson. 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: [while she and Henri are standing at the altar] Henri, I know this is a really awkward time to do this, but I wanna break up.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Hava Nagila
(uncredited)
Israeli folk song
played at Judy and Yale's wedding reception
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
All present and correct
30 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The service comedy is a genre almost as old as cinema itself and, whether it's Charlie Chaplin or Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe in the trenches, Andy Griffith befuddling his sergeants, the Carry On team on the assault course or Steve Guttenberg and co at the Police Academy, has an almost immutable formula that is never, ever departed from: through mildly comic misadventure misfit(s) find themselves in the army/navy/air force/police force, are hopelessly unprepared for the harsh realities of basic training, fumble every task yet somehow come out of it all as the perfect soldier/sailor/airman/cop and prove themselves in a mildly comic baptism of fire. Private Benjamin does absolutely nothing to fix what ain't broke, contenting itself to offer the odd slight tweak and flavoring with a mild dose of Jewish humor as Goldie Hawn's sheltered princess finds herself talked into joining the 'new' army by Harry Dean Stanton's smooth-talking recruiting sergeant after husband Albert Brooks dies in the throes of passion before the honeymoon even starts ("Do you remember what the last thing he said was?"] asks his distraught mother, eliciting the reply "I'm coming.").

While it's a given that there are no surprises whatsoever, it's one of those comedies that manages to be pretty consistently funny throughout even if there aren't many really big laughs out of sheer likability. Hawn's character is not too bright but not too Hilton with it – her character arc is not just from dependence to self-reliance but more importantly from not being able to understand why Jill Clayburgh walked out on Alan Bates in An Unmarried Woman to being able to make the same choice herself, in the process tackling sexism rather more effectively than G.I. Jane did 17 years later. Eileen Brennan is clearly having a ball as the obligatory sadistic training officer out to make her life hell and there's a quietly impressive supporting cast filling out the ranks as well as a memorable Bill Conti score. It only really misses its step slightly in the scenes where her Monsieur Right (Armand Assante) rather clumsily turns out to be Monsieur Wrong at the end, as if afraid of losing the audience's sympathy long after she's won them over, but not enough to squander the goodwill it's earned by then.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Would the Army really have let her stay? judasfm
The Ending jpar0308
Kate Hudson Remake Dan-136
Good Premise. But Fizzles Toward The End. jbartelone
What is the blue stuff? vixsmith1982
Where is the Special Edition DVD??? gnlew
Discuss Private Benjamin (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?