Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the biggest box office hits of 1980, and also spawned a short-lived television series. The film is ranked 82 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list, and 59 on Bravo's list of "100 Funniest Movies".
Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn), a 28-year-old Jewish woman from a sheltered wealthy upbringing whose lifelong dream is to "marry a professional man," joins the U.S. Army after Yale Goodman, her new husband (Albert Brooks), dies on their wedding night during sex. Adrift, Benjamin tells her story on a radio call-in show and meets an Army recruiter, SFC James Ballard (Harry Dean Stanton), who leads her to believe military life will provide the "family" she seeks. He also tells her that the service is glamorous, comparing it to a spa vacation. She has a rude awakening upon arriving at basic training. Judy wants to quit almost immediately, and is astonished to learn that she cannot, contrary to the assertions of her recruiting sergeant.
|author||Charles Shyer Harvey Miller Nancy Meyers|
|genre||comedy political satire|
|keywords||awaken basic training communism communist doctor who drill sergeant engage family home force greenland guam jewish woman married military life paris recruit shape shelter supreme headquarters allied powers europe train upbringing wedding night|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|producer||Charles Shyer Goldie Hawn Nancy Meyers|