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Private Benjamin (1980, Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan)



After her husband dies on their wedding night, spoiled Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) decides to join the army, believing lies about exotic vacations and fancy clothes. Alas, Judy’s rude awakening comes a little late, with the swift introduction of her dill sergeant (Eileen Brennan) and an exposure to the realities of boot camp.

This updated version of the popular service comedy was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress (Hawn), Supporting Actress (Brennan) and screenplay.

Private Benjamin was Goldie Hawn’s first foray into production; she was Co-Executive Producer: on this film.

production details
USA | Warner | 109 minutes | 1980

Director: Howard Zieff
Producers: Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Charles Shyer
Director of Photography: David M. Walsh
Editor: Sheldon Kahn
Music: Bill Conti
Script: Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Charles Shyer
Production Design: Robert Boyle

Goldie Hawn as Pvt. Judy Benjamin – Judy Goodman
Eileen Brennan as Capt. Doreen Lewis
Armand Assante as Henri Alan Tremont
Robert Webber as Col. Clay Thornbush
Mary Kay Place as Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
Harry Dean Stanton as 1st Sgt. Jim Ballard
Albert Brooks as Yale Goodman
Kopi Sotiropulos as Limo Passerby
Craig T. Nelson as Capt. William Woodbridge