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Private Benjamin

Goldie Hawn's venture in producing her own film is actually a double feature - one is a frequently funny tale of an innocent who is conned into joining the US Army and her adventures therein; the other deals with the same innocent's personality problems as a Jewish princess with only an intermittent chuckle to help out.

Goldie Hawn’s venture in producing her own film is actually a double feature – one is a frequently funny tale of an innocent who is conned into joining the US Army and her adventures therein; the other deals with the same innocent’s personality problems as a Jewish princess with only an intermittent chuckle to help out.

The trouble may be with the use of too many screenwriters who have been told to always keep their star’s image uppermost in their scribblings. But she’s not so gifted that she can carry a heavy load of indifferent material on her own two little shoulders, without considerable sagging.

Another script problem is that the supporting characters are, even when they start out sympathetically, turned into unlikeable types.

1980: Nominations: Best Actress (Goldie Hawn), Supp. Actress (Eileen Brennan), Original Screenplay

Private Benjamin

  • Production: Warner/Meyers-Shyler-Miller. Director Howard Zieff; Producer Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller; Screenplay Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor Sheldon Kahn; Music Bill Conti; Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 109 MIN.
  • With: Goldie Hawn Eileen Brennan Armand Assante Sam Wanamaker Harry Dean Stanton Robert Webber
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