Private Benjamin (1980) from Tuna

For those who don't remember the plot, Goldie is a Jewish American Princess whose husband dies on top of her on their wedding night. As she tells her mother-in-law, his last words were "I'm cumming." She is distraught, and is talked into  joining the Army by a slick recruiter.  Naturally, Army life doesn't come easy to her. 


Goldie has some good cleavage and poke throughs, there is anonymous breast and bun exposure, and P. J. Soles shows most of her breasts when she is caught with a superior officer while on maneuvers

DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen

  • no features

Scoopy's notes: 

Although Goldie is a comedienne, singer, and dancer, and a respectably good actress, she's never been in a really great movie. Her top rated film at IMDb is the quirky Woody Allen musical "Everyone Says I Love You". (In that movie, Goldie did one of the most memorable dance numbers I've ever seen.) 

The academy nominated her as Best Actress for "Private Benjamin"

She won Best Supporting Actress for "Cactus Flower"

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin 3/4

  • Rotten Tomatoes summary. Eight articles on file

  • nominated for three Oscars, including best actress (Goldie) and best supporting actress (Eileen Brennan)

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.0 
  • With their dollars ... $34.4 million in rental income
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+. Goldie has done work with more serious themes (such as Swing Shift), but this film is fun.

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