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Private Benjamin [DVD] [1980]

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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker
  • Directors: Howard Zieff
  • Writers: Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller, Nancy Meyers
  • Producers: Goldie Hawn, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller, Nancy Meyers
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 1999
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Goldie Hawn enlists in the army after her second husband dies on their wedding night. However, the army is something of a culture shock for the spoilt rich woman and she has to summon up hidden reserves to deal with the Captain, who has taken an instant dislike to her.

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A pampered socialite (Goldie Hawn) is so distraught after the wedding-ni ght death of her husband (Albert Brooks) that she up and joins the Army. She whines, she pouts, she brings the corps down, until, of course, she gets with it. Eileen Brennan received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as the butch Captain Doreen Lewis, Benjamin's nemesis. Funny and winning, the film takes an odd turn when Benjamin is assigned to the international theatre and gets involved with a dour Frenchman (Armand Assante). Of course, it's all part of Benjamin's growth as a person, and the part confirmed that Hawn had gone from a go-go girl to a "you go" girl. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com

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Goldie Hawn is absolutely adorable in this, perhaps her signature role. Goldie plays Judy Benjamin, a spoiled young Jewish woman who we first see at her second wedding. Judy is in her late twenties, and has done seemingly nothing of importance in her life. Her father is only interested in her finding the right guy so he doesn't have to support her anymore. It seems she has found at least a successful husband in a man named Yale. (Albert Brooks) Yale seems like kind of a sleaze, but at least he has a good job as a divorce attorney, and Judy will at least be able to live off him for the rest of her life... it would originally appear. Those plans are shattered 15 minutes into the film when Yale dies while the two are having sex on their bathroom floor. Having nowhere else to turn, after an eight day bought of self-pity, Judy lets a charming army recruiter talk her into enlisting. Quite simply put, things are never the same for Judy Benjamin ever again.
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Yeah she is great and has fantastic legs and butt and very funny and has awesome betty as a daughter -Kate Hudson . I first saw this comedy gem when a was a young kid and loved the exploits of Goldie as private Benjamin dealing with boot camp post relation end and triumphing against the odds !! Great !!
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Goldie Hawn plays the part of Judy Benjamin, a young socialite who is widowed on her wedding night. Distraught and with no purpose to her life and no skills to speak of she appeals to the listeners of a radio show to help her. One of the respondents is an army recruitment officer who, having convinced Judy that army life really consisted of yachts and condo's and sunbathing in California, manages to get her to sign up for 3 years. This is where the comedy really starts as Judy, who has never had to lift a manicured finger, gets a reality check and discovers that being in the army is not like being on holiday. Goldie Hawn is made for this kind of role, and as usual delivers the goods. There are some genuinely 'laugh out loud' moments as she struggles to adapt and make friends. Unfortunately the film seems to run out of steam half way through. Whereas the first half is true comedy, the second half has very little in the way of humour to offer. Having met a French gynaecologist who she falls for, she wangles a posting to Paris to be with him. This is where the humour disappears as Judy leaves the army to be with him and he turns out to be a control freak that turns Judy into a clone of his ex girlfriend. It's almost like watching two separate films.
This is a film that has stood the test of time and is still worth watching for the hilarious first half, just be prepared for the laughs to disappear.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2007
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The service comedy is a genre almost as old as cinema itself and, whether it's Charlie Chaplin or Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe in the trenches, Andy Griffith befuddling his sergeants, the Carry On team on the assault course or Steve Guttenberg and co at the Police Academy, has an almost immutable formula that is never, ever departed from: through mildly comic misadventure misfit(s) find themselves in the army/navy/air force/police force, are hopelessly unprepared for the harsh realities of basic training, fumble every task yet somehow come out of it all as the perfect soldier/sailor/airman/cop and prove themselves in a mildly comic baptism of fire. Private Benjamin does absolutely nothing to fix what ain't broke, contenting itself to offer the odd slight tweak and flavoring with a mild dose of Jewish humor as Goldie Hawn's sheltered princess finds herself talked into joining the `new' army by Harry Dean Stanton's smooth-talking recruiting sergeant after husband Albert Brooks dies in the throes of passion before the honeymoon even starts ("Do you remember what the last thing he said was?" asks his distraught mother, eliciting the reply "I'm coming.").

While it's a given that there are no surprises whatsoever, it's one of those comedies that manages to be pretty consistently funny throughout even if there aren't many really big laughs out of sheer likeability. Hawn's character is not too bright but not too Hilton with it - her character arc is not just from dependence to self-reliance but more importantly from not being able to understand why Jill Clayburgh walked out on Alan Bates in An Unmarried Woman to being able to make the same choice herself, in the process tackling sexism rather more effectively than G.I. Jane did 17 years later.
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It doesn't matter how many times I watch this film I never tire of it. Goldie is great in everything she does and with the exception of Bird on a Wire I think this is the best. It's funny with a bit of thought provoking in a lighthearted way. I used to catch it whenever it came on one of the movie channels now I can watch it whenever I like,
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The narrative of a spoilt kid reliant on others gaining in confidence and finally finding herself is well told but it's a bit dated and the army scenes aren't exactly Full-Metal-Jacket. That said its still an enjoyable watch.
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a jewish woman,newly married while having sex with her husband finds he has died on top of her and so she joins the army ,and her eyes are woken up when its not what lifes like as to what the staff corporal told her in the recruitment centre,in this hilariouse 70s film she proves she can do it.recommend this
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