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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 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
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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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In accordance with her role as producer, Goldie Hawn often arrived early in the morning before the crew arrived and stayed late at nights to work on advertising/publicity. She was also very heavily involved in the casting process. See more »

Goofs

After the "war games", the women are back at their barracks dancing to "We Are Family" there is a close-up of the tape player that is playing the music. The "play" button is pushed but there is no tape in the player. See more »

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Sgt. L.C. Ross: Beware... there are mine fields out there. Most of them are inert. However, some of them are ert.
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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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Down by the Riverside
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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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