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Private Benjamin -- Academy Award-winner Goldie Hawn stars in this story about a spoiled, aimless woman who impulsively joins the army and after a disastrous initiation finds direction and self-esteem.


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Release Date:
10 October 1980 (USA) See more »
The army was no laughing matter until Judy Benjamin joined it.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Goldie as the world's most unlikely soldier... See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Judy Benjamin

Eileen Brennan ... Capt. Doreen Lewis

Armand Assante ... Henri Alan Tremont

Robert Webber ... Col. Clay Thornbush

Sam Wanamaker ... Teddy Benjamin

Barbara Barrie ... Harriet Benjamin

Mary Kay Place ... Pvt. Mary Lou Glass

Harry Dean Stanton ... 1st Sgt. Jim Ballard

Albert Brooks ... Yale Goodman

Alan Oppenheimer ... Rabbi
Estelle Marlov ... Vocalist at Wedding
Everett Covin ... Bandleader

Robert Hanley ... Arnie
Lee Wallace ... Mr. Waxman

James Dybas ... Photographer

Gretchen Wyler ... Aunt Kissy

Maxine Stuart ... Aunt Betty
Lillian Adams ... Mrs. Goodman
Sandy Weintraub ... Harvey Goodman

Tim Haldeman ... Stanley Goodman
Kopi Sotiropulos ... Limo Passerby
Stu Nahan ... Newscaster
J.P. Bumstead ... Induction Officer

Hal Williams ... Sgt. L.C. Ross
Toni Kalem ... Pvt. Gianelli
Damita Jo Freeman ... Pvt. Gloria Moe
Alston Ahern ... Pvt. P.J. Soyer

P.J. Soles ... Pvt. Wanda Winter

Craig T. Nelson ... Capt. William Woodbridge
James R. Barnett ... Drill Instructor
Ray Oliver ... Red Team Soldier #1
Robin Hoff ... Red Team Soldier #2
Ed Lewis ... Red Team Soldier #3
Carrol Davis Carson ... Referee
Clay Wright ... Helicopter Pilot (as Clayton D. Wright)
Danny Wells ... Slick Guy

Keone Young ... Kim Osaka
George Roberts ... Johnny Rourke
Helen Baron ... Selma Lemish

Paul Marin ... Leo Lemish
Mimi Maynard ... Liz Lemish

Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Thornbush
Wil Albert ... Lt. Rahmi

Richard Herd ... Brig. Gen. Foley

Sally Kirkland ... Helga
Denise Halma ... Gabrielle
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mrs. Tremont
David Olivier ... Jean Claude
Elie Liardet ... Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allison Caine ... Additional Voice (uncredited)
Stéphane Grappelli ... Wedding Violinist (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ... Drill Sgt (uncredited)
Heather Haase ... Young Judy Goodman (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Zieff 
Writing credits
Nancy Meyers (written by) &
Charles Shyer (written by) &
Harvey Miller (written by)

Produced by
Goldie Hawn .... executive producer
Nancy Meyers .... producer
Harvey Miller .... producer
Charles Shyer .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Jessica Overwise 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Jeffrey Howard 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker  (as Arthur J. Parker)
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Rita Bordonaro .... hair stylist
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Ricardo Romero Jones .... makeup artist
Production Management
Henri Jaquillard .... production manager: French Unit
David Silver .... unit production manager
Juliette Toutain .... unit manager: French Unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Brown .... second assistant director
Louis Pitzele .... first assistant director: French Unit
Jerry Sobul .... assistant director
Eric Stacey .... key second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harold Broner .... construction coordinator
Paul De Santis .... assistant property master (as Paul de Santis)
Serge Douy .... art director: French Unit
Jeffrey Howard .... assistant art director (as Jeff Howard)
Bill MacSems .... property master
Ron Frazier .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound mixer (as Martin Bolger)
Jim Bullock .... sound effects editor (as Jimmie Bullock)
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects editor
Andy MacDonald .... re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... supervising sound editor
Charles E. Moran .... sound effects editor (as Charles Moran)
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Hal Whitby .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Robert Peterson .... special effects
Gina Picerni .... stunt double
Glynn Rubin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edesa .... camera operator (as Bob Edesa)
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Ron Kenyon .... best boy
Richard Moran .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... stills (as John Shannon)
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... rigger (uncredited)
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Johnny Walker .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... costumer: men's (as Jim George)
Victoria Snow .... costumer: women's
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lois Freeman .... associate editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant editor
John Walker .... color technician
Clayton Collins .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Gene Fioramonti .... location manager
Patrick Meunier .... location manager: French Unit
Music Department
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Franklin Jones Jr. .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John M. Woodward .... transportation coordinator (as John Woodward)
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Chaplin .... script supervisor
Lynne Coke .... assistant to producers
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Edouard Garrouste .... production coordinator: French Unit
Deloris Claris Horn .... assistant: Ms. Hawn
Bridgette Kelley .... assistant to producers
Lee Stitch .... production coordinator
Barry Wexler .... crab dolly operator (uncredited)
Sally Gutnick .... special thanks
Jerome A. Sheill .... special thanks (as Jerome A. Sheill M.D.)
Crew verified as complete

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1998) | USA:R (certificate #26146) | West Germany:16

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According to Goldie Hawn's memoirs, Arthur Hiller was first choice to direct, but pulled out of the project.See more »
Continuity: When Judy meets Col. Thornbush and his wife in the Jeep, she meets the "Thorndog," Scrapple in the back of the Jeep and shakes his paw. Later, after the Col. says "let's let this soldier get some chow, mother," he pulls away and Scrapple is nowhere to be seen.See more »
Judy Benjamin:Has anybody ever died from basic?See more »
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Goldie as the world's most unlikely soldier..., 30 August 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Thanks mainly to a clever script and the presence of GOLDIE HAWN and EILEEN BRENNAN, this is the kind of service comedy that brings back reminders of how this sort of thing was done back in the '40s with comedies like SEE HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE or YOU'RE IN THE ARMY NOW or BUCK PRIVATES.

But this time, it's a woman enlistee who has to go through the rigors of boot camp (arguably, the best segments in the whole film and the funniest). Goldie is a spoiled rich girl who thinks the Army is going to be a respite from her problems as a woman who lost her husband on her wedding night. She's in for quite a learning experience and the gags come fast and furious for the first half-hour or so.

Then, when romance enters the story, it becomes rather uneven as she has an affair with a Frenchman, ARMAND ASSANTE, who turns out to be a first-class heel. By the end of the film, she decides to re-enlist rather than return to the civilian life she found so empty.

It's a decidedly uneven comedy, but Goldie's perfect comic timing and ability to switch gears when romance is called for, shows she had more dimension as an actress than anyone suspected. She was nominated for an Oscar for her Private Benjamin--and Eileen Brennan, hilarious as Capt. Doreen Lewis won a supporting role nomination.

Goldie's fans should love this one; and after all, it's not supposed to be taken seriously, it's all done tongue-in-cheek style.

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