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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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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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10 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Private Benjamin  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,800,000 (USA)
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Actress Goldie Hawn was five months pregnant with daughter Kate Hudson when she was approached by writer Nancy Meyers with a story outline for this movie. Hawn said after reading it: "You write the damned thing and I'll produce it". See more »

Goofs

When Judy finishes cleaning the latrine with her toothbrush she walks out of the room barefoot and carrying her black high heeled shoes. In the next shot however, she is wearing red, knee-high rubber boots which subsequently disappear, leaving her barefoot again. See more »

Quotes

[after sex]
Judy Benjamin: Now I know what I've been faking all these years.
Henri Tremont: That was your first?
Judy Benjamin: And second.
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Body and Soul
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Entertaining
18 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Private Banjamin is an uneven film, but it is also an entertaining one. The first half is very focused, but the second half does get rather scatter-shot and dull. While most of it is funny, some of the laughs have a tendency to become sporadic, while the romance felt forced for my tastes. On the other hand, the film is at least nice to look at with good cinematography, editing and scenery, the story is decently paced and maintains interest and at its best the script is smart and snappy. Goldie Hawn is a very likable lead, and there is a sterling support cast including Eileen Brennan and Harry Dean Stanton. Overall, a very decent and entertaining film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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