“Private Benjamin” quotes

(1980)
Movie Private Benjamin
Howard Zieff directed this movie in 1980
Title Private Benjamin
Year 1980
Director Howard Zieff
Genre Comedy, War
Plot – Rich and rather ditzy Julia Benjamin is already divorced and becomes a widow shortly after her second marriage. Prostrate, she decides she is done with love and decides to enlist. All sort of troubles happen to her in the army, but the real test comes when Julia meets Henri, a charming French doctor who she falls in love with. A third marriage is looming, but on their wedding day some strange behaviour of the husband-to-be leads Julia to give up the wedding and return to the army.
All actors – Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker, Barbara Barrie, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton, Albert Brooks, Alan Oppenheimer, Estelle Marlov, Everett Covin
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  • “- Judy Benjamin: What do you want from me? I didn't ask her to punish everybody! Do you think I like schlepping in the rain all day and all night?
    - Pvt. Wanda Winter: Just keep marching, Benjamin.
    - Judy Benjamin: My name is Judy! J-U-D-Y! Judy! And I'd like somebody to call me by my name! Oh, okay I took my life in my own hands, I made a...” (continue)
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    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    P.J. Soles - Pvt. Wanda Winter
  • “- Judy Benjamin: My husband had a heart attack and died on our wedding night, while we were making love.
    - Pvt. Mary Lou Glass: Jesus! Benjamin! I don't get it, what do you do after a thing like that?
    - Judy Benjamin: Join the Army!”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    Mary Kay Place - Pvt. Mary Lou Glass
    [Tag:army, death, husband]
  • “Henri, I know this is a really awkward time to do this, but I wanna break up.”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
  • “- Judy Benjamin: Now I know what I've been faking all these years.
    - Henri Tremont: That was your first?
    - Judy Benjamin: And second.”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    Armand Assante - Henrí Trémont
    [Tag:orgasm, pleasure, sex]
  • “- Judy Benjamin: To be truthful with you, I can't sleep in a room with 20 strangers.
    - Capt. Doreen Lewis: Oh dear.
    - Judy Benjamin: And I mean, look at this place. The army couldn't afford drapes? I'll be up at the crack of dawnhere!”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    Eileen Brennan - Capt. Doreen Lewis
  • “Has anybody ever died from basic?”
    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    [Tag:death, risk, soldiers]
  • “- Aunt Kissy: I hope my coat's gonna be good enough. I had no idea it was gonna be so chilly.
    - Harriet Benjamin: It's November here, Kissy.
    - Teddy Benjamin: It's November everywhere, genius.”

    Gretchen Wyler - Aunt Kissy
    Barbara Barrie - Harriet Benjamin
    Sam Wanamaker - Teddy Benjamin
    [Tag:cold]
  • “Beware, there are mine fields out there. Most of them are inert. However, some are ert.”
    Hal Williams - Sgt. L.C. Ross
    [Tag:danger, weapons]
  • “- Mrs. Goodman: Judith. Just one thing. If you can remember. What were Yale's last words?
    - Judy Benjamin: I'm coming.”

    Lillian Adams - Mrs. Goodman
    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
  • “- Judy Benjamin: I think they sent me to the wrong place.
    - Capt. Doreen Lewis: Uh-huh.
    - Judy Benjamin: See, I did join the army, but I joined a different army. I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms.”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    Eileen Brennan - Capt. Doreen Lewis
    [Tag:army, regret]
  • “- Judy Benjamin: Have you seen the bathroom?
    - Capt. Doreen Lewis: Do you think that the latrine... do you think that it's unsanitary?
    - Judy Benjamin: It's disgusting! There are urinals in there!”

    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
    Eileen Brennan - Capt. Doreen Lewis
    [Tag:cleanliness, dirt]
  • “- Sgt. L.C. Ross: Everybody up! Everybody, Benjamin!
    - Judy Benjamin: Oh God, you can't mean me. I worked the night shift! Go check out the bathroom, it's fabulous.”

    Hal Williams - Sgt. L.C. Ross
    Goldie Hawn - Judy Benjamin
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