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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker
  • Directors: Howard Zieff
  • Writers: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller
  • Producers: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 1997
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304696558
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private Benjamin (Full Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Bongiorno on May 25, 2001
Format: DVD
Along with "Foul Play" this is one of Goldie Hawn's finest hours, playing a rich, pampered widow who is duped into joining the army. An hysterical comedy who's format has been returned to time and again, but never quite to this effect. Eileen Brennan is equally fantastic as the tough army officer you love to hate. I've been awaiting the release of this film on DVD for some time (along with Foul Play which hasn't yet been released), and it's here that I felt disappointed. For one, the only released version of this is in Standard Pan & Scan. I know some of you out there still cling to this outmoded format, but for the rest of us, this is unacceptable. At the very least, it should have been dual sided, with Widescreen on one side and Standard on the other. Secondly, they've done nothing with soundtrack other than present in Dolby Stereo 2.0. I realize that with some older titles, they don't bother to remaster the soundtrack in 5.0 (let alone DTS - the Ultimate sound format for your buck!), but I still think it's very lame that they do this. Anyway, there is a trailer, at least, but don't expect any deleted scenes, bloopers, or any other fancy features. The film can also be heard in French, but Spanish would also have been nice (there are at least Spanish subtitles). They've priced this relatively low (I guess because they knew what a lame job they did with it), but I'd have preferred a bit more of a higher price if it meant little more effort on their part for this truly classic comedy. Let's hope that "Foul Play" offers a lot more when it's finally released.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2002
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Judy is in an extremely vulnerable state and when she calls into a radio show to understand why her life is in turmoil, an army recruter asks to meet her. When she arrives, she is obviously confused and wants to escape from her problems.

An assignment in Europe, getting into peak physical shape and living in her own condo sounds just too tempting. The reality of the situation is not so tempting. $458 a month hardly makes up for your husband dying on your wedding night. When she arrives at boot camp and says: "Is green the only color these come in? Where are the yahts?" You just fall in love with her character.

The disturbingly insensitive Captain Doreen Lewis is a comic treat all by herself, yet even with a whip in hand, not even she can compete with the pouting princess. Doreen wants to toss Judy right back into the arms of her parents. However, when Judy's father tells her she is not intelligent enough to make her own decisions, something changes. Private Benjamin decides to stay.

Some of the great comic moments are when Goldie is cleaning the bathroom with her electric toothbrush. I have stayed at an army base in Germany and trust me, they could have used a bit of toothbrush cleaning. My thoughts were that in the army, everything was spotless. Not! So, this movie was even funnier since I could totally relate to some of the experiences Judy had to go through. Another reason to respect our men and women in the military!

While this is mostly a comedy, there is some romance, with a sadistic twist. You know there is going to be trouble when Judy asks: "Am I making sense?" And her French Fianc' says: "No, and that `s what I love about you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Helberg on August 29, 2005
Format: DVD
"Private Benjamin" was one of the best comedies of the 80's as well as one of Goldie Hawn's greatest performances besides "Cactus Flower", "Sugarland Express", "Foul Play", "Overboard", and "The First Wives Club" all of the titles I just listed have been released in decent DVD editions! Sadly the "Private Benjamin" DVD only exsists in this sub-standard Pan and Scan version! Plus the sound and picture quality is very poor! This title is way overdue for a Special Edition. Widescreen with some great special features like perhaps an audio commentary by Ms. Hawn and co-star Eileen Brennan! It would be fun to hear two old friends talk about the fun they had in their Oscar nominated roles. I've noticed that Goldie Hawn has yet to do an audio commentary on any of her films released on DVD. I wonder why? Anyway, I would love to see Warner Bros. give this title the treatment it deserves! I keep checking to see if a Special Edition is on the way but, no! Now I see that WB is releasing a comedy double feature DVD with this title and "Protocol" on one disc. Most likely WB will issue the same content on the double feature disc making a remastered Widescreen edition most un-likely! To bad! Such shabby treatment for a wonderful, beloved, box office hit that made alot of money for WB! I'm still hopeful that a better DVD edition will be released one day! Until then I'll continue to view this poor DVD edition!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 9, 2006
Format: DVD
Goldie Hawn in arguably one of her best films (certainly one of her greatest performances of the 80's).

PRIVATE BENJAMIN is the story of a "Jewish princess" called Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn), whose new husband expires on the honeymoon. With very little on the horizon, she rashly decides to enter the army, but comes under the wrath of tyrannical Captain Doreen Lewis (Eileen Brennan in an Oscar-nominated performance, and later a short-lived television sitcom spin-off).

A classic "fish out of water" story, produced by Hawn and largely-tailored to her comedy talents.

An amazing supporting cast too, with Armand Assante, Sam Wanamaker, Mary Kay Place, Albert Brooks, P.J. Soles, Craig T. Nelson, Barbara Barrie, Harry Dean Stanton, Gretchen Wyler and Sally Kirkland.
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