7.0/10
217
5 user 2 critic

Soldier Girls (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 September 1981 (USA)
A documentary about women's basic training in Fort Georgia.

Directors:

Nick Broomfield (as Nicholas Broomfield), Joan Churchill
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ghosts (2006)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young Chinese girl is smuggled into the UK so she can support her son and family in China.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Zhan Yu, Tao Li, Ai Qin Lin
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos
Fetishes (1996)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Masochism, rubber, corporal punishment, wrestling, and infantilism are all examined into detail as a documentary crew visits a bondage house and its mistresses in upstate New York.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Mistress Beatrice, Nick Broomfield, Mistress Catherine
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Brian, Marcus, Pedro
Chicken Ranch (1983)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Sandi Sissel
Stars: Fran, Walter Plankinton, Connie
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From the award-winning Director Nick Broomfield, The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife portrays the sinister and comic sides of Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the neo-Nazi AWB Afrikaner Party in South Africa.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Nick Broomfield, Eugene Terre'Blanche, J.P. Meyer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Sarah Palin, Nick Broomfield, Barbara Adams
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Both uproaringly funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield's behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: André Heller, Graciela Daniele, Mercedes Ellington
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nick Broomfield met Hsiao Hung Pai, a journalist who was working for the Guardian, when making his feature film 'Ghosts' (about the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cockle Pickers ). As an experiment ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Nick Broomfield, Hsiao-Hung Pai
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A group of young British guardsmen have to cover up a hit and run incident that occurred at the end of a night of drunken revelry.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Amanda Donohoe, Struan Rodger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Helle Goldman
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Gregory Abing Gregory Abing ... Himself (as Sgt. Abing)
Clara Alves Clara Alves ... Herself (as Pvt. Alves)
Jackie Hall Jackie Hall ... Herself (as Pvt.Hall)
Joann Johnson Joann Johnson ... Herself (as Pvt. Johnson)
Pvt. Kelsaw Pvt. Kelsaw ... Herself
Pvt. Tutin Pvt. Tutin ... Herself
Edit

Storyline

A documentary about women's basic training in Fort Georgia.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

U2 used a sample of the Airborne Rangers marching chant in their 1983 song SECONDS. See more »


Soundtracks

Hooray For Hollywood
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by soldiers in the barracks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Everyone who has not been in combat should see this movie
26 January 2008 | by johnp234See all my reviews

The only reason I don't give this documentary 10 stars is its poor production quality. The film's video and audio are not up to even the standards of 1981. That said, the focus on Basic Training of (female) Army recruits is presented unvarnished in all its cruel reality. (I underwent Basic in 1970, and it was pretty much the same).

Without explaining it in middle school terminology, the way so many modern movies and TV shows do, filmmaker Nick Broomfield lets the principals do the explaining with their actions and their own words. Many times, the hazing of the girls may seem excessive. It's not. The mission is to prepare these future soldiers to survive life and death confrontations, by learning to follow the orders of their superiors instantly and without question. Those who can't or won't are "encouraged" to leave, and they leave. This weeding out is necessary, to save them and their comrades in arms. It ain't beanbag, it's war they're being prepared for!

Finally, the last 2 minutes of this movie are an elegy for Sergeant Hill, the tough male drill instructor. A recruit asks him what effect the (Vietnam) war had on him, and in his plainspoken eloquence, he gives the lie to the glory of battle so exalted in speeches like Shakespeare's Henry V (the famous "Band of Brothers" monologue before Agincourt). His mourning for the death of his soul in the jungles of Vietnam is a moving as anything I've ever heard, and I've often wondered what became of him. And pay attention to the cadence the girls repeat over the closing credits. The hairs will stand up on your neck.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Olivia Colman of 'The Favourite': "No Small Parts"

Olivia Colman has been nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in The Favourite. We take a look at her evolution from a comedic actress to dramatic performer.

Watch now



Recently Viewed