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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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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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Trivia

Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

Goofs

One of the ribbons worn by Capt. Doreen Lewis is for the Woman's Army Corps Service Medal. The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was awarded for service in both the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during the period 10 Jul 42 - 31 Aug 43 and the Women's Army Corps during the period 1 Sep 43 - 2 Sep 45, even tho the Woman's Army Corps was around until the 1970's. 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."

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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We Are Family
(uncredited)
by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
Performed by Sister Sledge
on tape player in barracks
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Doesn't Hold Up
9 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sigh. The innocent 80's and what used to pass for a movie way back when. I remember first seeing this movie in the theater 30 years ago and being mildly amused by Judy and Company. I should have left it at that.

While camped-out at a friend's horse ranch, I found the movie on VHS and decided for a trip down memory lane. Big mistake. How this over-rated comedy ever became nominated for THREE Oscars baffles me to no end. Guess it was a SLOW year for comedy in 1980.

The screenplay and acting is on the same level as a bad sit-com. The acting is cardboard and sophomoric. The plot? Beyond simplistic. The entire package presented couldn't suspend the disbelief of present-day 12 year old.

Just a pile of disorganized fluff that never should have made the big screen but should have been adequate for a made-for-TV-movie now long forgotten and mercifully so.


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