Private Benjamin (1980)

Private Benjamin

What are our favorite lines from this film? Why were the critics wrong about this movie? And what could possibly be the technology we discuss in this episode? Listen now to find out! Scott and Christina Croco unhack Private Benjamin (1980) in this podcast episode.

Tragedy befalls a wanna-be housewife who winds up joining the army and learning she’s a much stronger person than she ever knew. Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan star in Private Benjamin (1980)!

Episode Log:

  • Women actors producing their own films (3:15)
  • October 1980 trivia (5:15)
  • Summary of Private Benjamin‘s story/plot (6:05)
  • Movie review (8:25)
  • Great quotable lines (11:15)
  • Great characters – Gianelli, Lewis, Benjamin, Henri (14:00)
  • Criticisms of the film are off-base (26:55)
  • Call-in radio shows (30:40)
  • What is a WAC? (34:05)
  • Electric toothbrushes (35:30)
  • Budget, Box Office, Critics’ reactions (43:10)
  • “Fiction or Fake?” game (48:50)

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Episode 053 – Private Benjamin (1980) unhacked!
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Research sources:
Siskel and Ebert review
How Goldie Hawn Broke Down Barriers for Women in Hollywood
History of the Electric Toothbrush
Electric Toothbrush

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