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Devastated when her brand-new husband Albert Brooks) drops dead on their wedding night, Jewish American princess Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) is receptive to the pitch delivered by a duplicitous recruiter for the Women's Army Corps. Quickly adivsed by topkick Captain Lewis (Eileen Brennan) that she should not look forward to the private room, fancy clothes and sauna bath that she'd been promised, Judy is forced to go through basic training like any other "grunt". This turns out to be a real growth experience for the pampered Private Benjamin, who for the first time in her life has to work for her privileges. A brief misadventure with a lascivious paratroop officer (Robert Webber) nearly sours Judy on army life, but she turns out to be a darned good soldier-and a woman with a highly developed sense of self-esteem, which enables her to weather a further disappointing romantic fling with French phsycian Henri Tremont (Armand Assante). Private Benjamin turned out to be one of Goldie Hawn's most profitable vehicles. The 1981-82 TV sitcom spinoff starred Lorna Patterson in Goldie's role, with Eileen Brennan repeating her film characterization of the long-suffering Captain Lewis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 10, 1980


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Goldie Hawn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Goldie Hawn Best Actress 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nancy Meyers Best Original Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eileen Brennan Best Supporting Actress 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Shyer Best Original Screenplay 1980 Nominee


Goldie Hawn
as Judy Benjamin
Eileen Brennan
as Capt. Doreen Lewis
Armand Assante
as Henri Tremont
Sam Wanamaker
as Teddy Benjamin
Harry Dean Stanton
as Sgt. Jim Ballard
Barbara Barrie
as Harriet Benjamin
Robert Webber
as Col. Clay Thornbush
Mary Kay Place
as Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
Albert Brooks
as Yale Goodman
Richard Herd
as General Foley
Alan Oppenheimer
as Rabbi
Damita Jo Freeman
as Pvt. Gloria Moe
Allison Caine
Mimi Maynard
as Liz Lemish
J.P. Bumstead
as Induction Officer
Stu Nahan
as Newscaster
Tim Haldeman
as Stanley Goodman
Lilyan Chauvin
as Mrs. Tremont
P.J. Soles
as Pvt. Wanda Winter
Sally Kirkland
as Helga
Paul Marin
as Leo Lemish
Maxine Stuart
as Aunt Betty
Kopi Sotiropulos
as Limo Passerby
Toni Kalem
as Pvt. Ganelli
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Thornbush
Alston Ahern
as Pvt. P.J. Soyer
Lillian Adams
as Mrs. Goodman
Hal Williams
as Sgt. L.C. Ross
Craig T. Nelson
as Capt. William Woodbridge
Robin Hoff
as Red Team Soldier
Robert Hanley
as Arnie
Wil Albert
as Lt. Rahmi
Raymond Oliver
Keone Young
as Kim Osaka
Lee Wallace
as Mr. Waxman


Howard Zieff
Nancy Meyers
Goldie Hawn
Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
Nancy Meyers
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Sheldon Kahn
Jeffrey Howard
Production Designer
Goldie Hawn
Executive Producer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Marty Bolger
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Sobul
First Assistant Director