The Army was no laughing matter until Judy Benjamin joined it.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 28, 1997
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Eileen Brennan, Albert Brooks, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Barrie, Sally Kirkland & P.J. Soles|
|Directed by||Howard Zieff|
|Screenwriting by||Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer & Harvey Miller|
Mr. Zieff demonstrates great skill in keeping the gags aloft and in finding new ways by which to free the laughs trapped inside old routines about latrine duty, war games, forced marches and calisthenics. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 4/5 -- Goldie Hawn at the height of her powers.
Rating: 2/4 -- The pampered Hawn's reactions to rigorous training exercises, her interactions with her superiors, and a not-quite-successful love affair with French physician Armand Assante while on duty in Europe inspire plenty of laughs. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Funny fish-out-of-water comedy with lots of sexual content. Full Review
Common Sense Media
[Hawn's] not so gifted that she can carry a heavy load of indifferent material on her own two little shoulders, without considerable sagging. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Goldie Hawn gives a charming, Oscar-nominated performance in this lightly feminist service comedy. Full Review
After the surprise termination of her second marriage, a spoiled Jewish princess joins the Army. Thanks to the doublecrossing recruiter who will do anything to enlist her, she expects her hitch to be a vacation. It's... not.
After Judy Benjamin's husband dies on their wedding night, the ditzy Jewish American Princess decides to enlist in the army. Of course, she's been misled by an unscrupulous recruiter, and expects a tropical vacation and other niceties. Benjamin instantly receives a reality check during basic training, conducted by the snarling Capt. Doreen Lewis, who revels in cutting the spoiled snob down to size. But as Private Benjamin endures the rigors of the military, she gradually becomes transformed into a disciplined soldier -- and woman.
- Additional Credits: Joan Eisenberg (unit publicist).
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