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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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10 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pícara recluta  »

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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

Goldie Hawn once said of the basic training preparation she went through in preparation for this film in the biography 'Pure Goldie: The Life and Times of Goldie Hawn' by Marc Shapiro: "After going through basic training, I would not resist the draft. Provided, of course, I could have a stunt double at all times." See more »

Goofs

The berets worn by the soldiers and army officers in the film show the typical folds of berets that clearly have never been worn. In real army life, this is how you recognize new recruits. Any beret which has been worn for more than a few months will stay in the shape pushed to one ear. See more »

Quotes

Judy Benjamin: [while she and Henri are standing at the altar] Henri, I know this is a really awkward time to do this, but I wanna break up.
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.43 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
by Richard Wagner
played by string quartet at French chateau wedding
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A funny comedy
29 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a unfortunate young lady whose husband dies on their wedding night. She copes with her sorrow by mistakenly enlisting in the United States army.

"Private Benjamin" is very funny! Even the film is already thirty years old, the jokes are timeless. The scene that Goldie Hawn explaining that she is sent to the wrong army is hilarious. Well, actually the whole section about her adjusting to the fact that Army life is not a holiday is hilarious. Even though I have seen similar story lines before, it is still hilarious. If only all the comedies stood the test of time like "Private Benjamin"!


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