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item number: F9Q7
- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 5, 1998
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French
- Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround - English
- Subtitles - English (SDH), French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
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- Production Notes
- Cast and Film Bios
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Michael Ironside, Karyn Parsons, Steven Martini, Orlando Brown, Albert Hall, Damien Dante Wayans & Chris Owen|
|Directed by||Nick Castle|
|Edited by||Patrick Kennedy|
|Screenplay by||Dean Lorey, Damon Wayans & Gary Rosen|
|Composition by||Craig Safan|
|Story by||Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher|
|Produced by||Eric L. Gold & Michael Rachmil|
|Director of Photography:||Richard Bowen|
...Wayans is one of the most talented comic actors around....As Major Payne he is plenty outrageous...
Rating: 3/5 -- Wayans' performance is priceless.
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Let's hear it for truth in advertising!
Rating: 3/4 -- Although the plot of the movie is a familiar formula, the dialogue and performance are not; it's a smart, funny job of poking fun at all those movies where sadistic drill instructors terrorized their green recruits. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Silly slapstick movie has some violence, salty language. Full Review
Common Sense Media
...It's an ideal entertainment for youthful audiences that allows Damon Wayans to be at his best in a dream part...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 2/5 -- A relentlessly misguided military mishap starring Wayans as a uniformed motormouth with an edgy attitude. Maybe Wayans schtick is a major pain to endure after all?
Wayans plays a near-maniacal Army Major assigned to whip a detail of dysfunctional children into shape to win a war games competition, making for some hilarious moments of truly inspired lunacy. Remake of the 1955 movie THE PRIVATE WAR OF MAJOR BENSON starring Charlton Heston.
Major Benson Payne experiences severe culture shock when he leaves the Marines; a couple of decades in uniform have left him unprepared for civilian life. Through the help of a friend, he gets a position leading a ROTC outfit at a prep school, but his young recruits are thoroughly unprepared for his gruff and acerbic rigidity. The major has a change of heart -- and loosens up considerably -- when he meets a winsome and intelligent doctor who provides just the romantic touch he needs.
Campus Life | Coming Of Age | War | Children | Recommended | Military | Theatrical Release | Remake | Training
- Shot in DeLuxe color.
- Based on the 1955 film "The Private War of Major Benson."
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