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Private Benjamin (1980)

R | | Comedy, War | 10 October 1980 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Judy Benjamin
... Capt. Doreen Lewis
... Henrí Trémont
... Col. Clay Thornbush
... Teddy Benjamin
... Harriet Benjamin
... Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
... Sgt. Jim Ballard
... Yale Goodman
... Rabbi
Estelle Marlov ... Vocalist at Wedding
Everett Covin ... Bandleader
... Arnie
Lee Wallace ... Mr. Waxman
... 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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The Army was no laughing matter until Judy Benjamin joined it.

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Comedy | War

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Release Date:

10 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pícara recluta  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Judy discovers another woman's jewelry in her bed and accuses her fiancé of cheating on her. The same thing happens to Goldie Hawn's character in Shampoo (1975). See more »

Goofs

When Benjamin tries to take her blanket back from Gianelli, at the start of the fight Gianelli's underwear is red to match the non-regulation bra. When she's pulled off of Benjamin, her underwear is white. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. L.C. Ross: Everybody up! Everybody, Benjamin!
Judy Benjamin: Oh God, you can't mean me. I worked the night shift! Go check out the bathroom, it's FABULOUS.
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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 Rock Soup (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are Family
(uncredited)
by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
Performed by Sister Sledge
on tape player in barracks
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GOLDIE'S GOT IT!

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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