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Private Benjamin (1980)

R | | Comedy, War | 10 October 1980 (USA)
A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States 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
Everett Covin ...
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Arnie
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Mr. Waxman
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Storyline

When her husband dies on their wedding night, Judy decides to join the United States Army. She realizes that she has never been independent in her entire life. What looks like a bad decision at first, turns out not so bad at all. That is, until her superior officer makes sexual advances on her. She has been transferred to NATO headquarters in Europe and (re)meets the Frenchman Henri Tremont. 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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10 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pícara recluta  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Whilst making this movie, actress Goldie Hawn was going through a divorce from her then husband Bill Hudson. See more »

Goofs

After Judy has arranged her posting to Europe, there are aerial shots of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. This is followed by a voice-over of Judy describing how lovely it is "here in Belgium". The next shot shows her posting location - S.H.A.P.E. headquarters, which actually is in Belgium - followed by another shot with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Why would she live in Paris if she works in Mons, 2.5 hour's drive away? EDIT: The answer is that it's not an error in geography. It's an establishing shot/scene used to show that due to the transfer to SHAPE in Belgium, she's close enough to visit Henri in Paris - thus setting up the visit later in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Judy Benjamin: My husband had a heart attack and died on our wedding night, while we were making love.
Pvt. Mary Lou Glass: Jesus! Benjamin! I don't get it, what do you do after a thing like that?
Judy Benjamin: Join the Army!
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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."

Today, all of Judy's dreams come true. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Seann William Scott/Sum41 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
by Richard Wagner
played by string quartet at French chateau wedding
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A very cute and enjoyable comedy
19 October 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Gosh, I don't know how many times I passed this movie up in my mom's collection. But I never really had an interest in this film, but my mom told me what a great comedy it was and that I should give it a chance. So, finally, today I got some time and watched it and I'm glad I did. Private Benjamin is a great comedy staring then new comer Goldie Hawn. I didn't realize how much she was meant for comedy, I've seen some of her work like Overboard and Death Becomes her, but usually she has the supporting cast helping her in the comedy, this time she was on her own and did great.

She plays Judy Benjamin, a 29 year old whose been married twice, her last husband died on her, literally, had a heart attack while he was making love to her. So, since she has always been taken care of, a stranger helps her out and recruits her in the army showing her the AFTERMATH of what she could have in the future, but she thinks that she's getting all the good stuff immediately. Therefore, she becomes the princess of the boot camp, but after a harsh talk with her folks, she realizes she needs the army and to become strong. She ends up meeting a suave French man and gets transferred to Paris after graduation, but she soon realizes who she needs most in life: herself.

Private Benjamin is a great comedy that I think anyone could get a little kick out of. It has great jokes and fun moments that I had a good time watching. Not to mention, Goldie Hawn is just so adorable and you definitely want to keep rooting for her during the film, she's just great.

7/10


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