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Private Benjamin (1980)

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.

Director:

Howard Zieff

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Judy Benjamin
Eileen Brennan ... Capt. Doreen Lewis
Armand Assante ... Henrí Trémont
Robert Webber ... Col. Clay Thornbush
Sam Wanamaker ... Teddy Benjamin
Barbara Barrie ... Harriet Benjamin
Mary Kay Place ... Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
Harry Dean Stanton ... Sgt. Jim Ballard
Albert Brooks ... Yale Goodman
Alan Oppenheimer ... Rabbi
Estelle Marlov Estelle Marlov ... Vocalist at Wedding
Everett Covin Everett Covin ... Bandleader
Robert Hanley ... Arnie
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Mr. Waxman
James Dybas ... Photographer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Army was no laughing matter until Judy Benjamin joined it.

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pícara recluta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,739,769, 12 October 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,847,348
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Features Eileen Brennan's only Oscar nominated performance. 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 »

Quotes

Judy Benjamin: Daddy - Mom just fainted.
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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."

Today, all of Judy's dreams come true. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Fool Me Once (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and Soul
(1930) (uncredited)
by Edward Heyman (as E. Heyman), Robert Sour (as R. Sour), Frank Eyton (as F. Eyton) and Johnny Green (as J. Green)
played by jazz band in lounge
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GOLDIE'S GOT IT!
9 September 2003 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

I'll tell you one thing about Goldie Hawn: SHE'S NO DUMB BLONDE!! She is definitly been at her busiest since Laugh-In. And she past the test with flying colors. Being a bubbleheaded Jewish "princess" who feels lost, after her wedding one night ends up in a funeral the very next day. What a way to go. She's a Gomer Pyle with heels, and she claims to have things going her way. Judy Benjamin learns that there's more to life than material things. She wanted to break free. Eileen Brennan was a hit in both the movie and the TV version along with Hal Williams. I enjoyed when everyone got down to "We Are Family". Her family were the instruments of indecision for Judy, at the end, she really made her point. If Judy have joined the Marines, she would be Automatically Discharged, but who's to say? IT'S GOOD! A 10+!


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