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Private Benjamin (1980)

R  |   |  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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,800,000 (USA)
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The acronym for SHAPE, the real life central command of NATO military forces that Private Benjamin is assigned to in Belgium, stands for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. 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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Judy Benjamin: Daddy - Mom just fainted.
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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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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Down by the Riverside
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Fun first half
9 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) is a picky superficial newlywed who loses her husband (Albert Brooks) during wedding night sex on the bathroom floor. She's 28, married twice, and trained for nothing. Lying recruiter Jim Ballard (Harry Dean Stanton) tricks her to join the army. She's in for a rude awakening and wants to go home. Captain Lewis (Eileen Brennan) is her tough trainer. After being belittled by her father, she decides to stay rather than go home getting taken care of. She becomes a great private and rout the opposition in a war game. While on leave in New Orleans, she meets french doctor Henri Tremont (Armand Assante). Later, he would propose but he isn't prince charming.

Goldie Hawn is fun and Eileen Brennan is terrific. They are both great and the movie is actually uplifting. The movie should probably stay with basic training. The second half isn't quite as compelling and the comedy dries up. The movie is better off expanding on the first half and cut out the second half.


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