Private Benjamin : The Ending

The Ending

I just saw this movie for the first time. What do you all think about the ending? I thought it was rather weak, and it left the movie unfinished. I thought she was going to go back to the army. I realize that she made the decision to quit, but if she went back I think they might have taken her. What do you all think (about the ending, whether you think she would have gone back or not, and whether they would have taken her back)?

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I always assumed she went back to the army. She just realized that she was stronger on her own then she would ever be otherwise. She'd been pushed around and forced into doing everything her rich parents/spouses wanted, but in the army, she could be herself. I always thought she went back to the army.

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The ending was really naff, I think they could have at least added another 20 mintutes to the scene to include Judy rejoining the army, but I suppose they just thought "let's just leave it to peoples imagination". Another thing that really bugs me is that Henri turned out to be a control freak and a two timing rat, which is not how he was in the beginning of the movie.

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Yes- which makes him a manipulative slimebag. He was able to worm his way into Judy's confidence so he could have his way with her. He lied to her, cheated on her, and forced her to sign a marriage contract written in French, which she couldn't understand. A typical smarmy Frenchman who thought he was God's gift to women and that he could treat them any way he wanted. I just love it when hairballs like him get their comeuppance. They think loyalty, devotion, fealty and monogamy don't apply to them. Because they're oh-so-suave, debonair and good-looking. A pox on them. I loved it when Judy punched his lights out!

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I'm willing to bet $100.00 you've never met more then three "Frenchmen" in your life. How about another $100.00 that says you've never even been to France. What a bloody stupid comment. If anything, another $100.00 says you're jealous of men who are good looking, suave and are able to get any women they want. Stereotyping a whole country of men based on a character in a movie doesn't show a high degree of intelligence.

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Kinda weird that everyone that's posted so far thinks she went back to the army. That thought never even entered my mind. I just assumed that she went on to live her life on her own terms as a strong, independent woman. Although the army was the catalyst that brought that strength and independence out, I think re-enlisting would have been a step back for her at that point.

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I agree with the previous poster - I don't think she went back to the army at all. She spent her life going from one male authority figure to the next, and the army was just an extension of that. However, being in the army made her realise that she IS strong and doesn't need a man to guide her. By the end of the movie, the whole world is open to her so really could have gone on to do anything

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Surely if you think she went back to the army you've missed the whole point of the movie. Watch the wedding veil after she tosses it into the air - that's the iconic representation of the final message - she's free at last, subject only to the whims of nature, not the exploitation and manipulation by other power-figures. A bit unrealistic of course given today's society structure, but nevertheless that IS the point. This is a wonderful film which is funny, satirical, moving at times, and Hawn shows real acting ability.

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I love the ending seeing her walk into the distance in her wedding gown with her frizzy ginger hair was a classic scene.

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Where was the Army leading her? She never looked completely comfortable in the Army.

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great film but as i saw it she partly decided to leave the army but they kicked her out because she went with a communist

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i think they took her back and she rose through the ranks. but if i had her life i would have gone back to the army. i always thought that vail symbolised her parachute jump and how free she felt

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I was disappointed by the ending but the beginning and the middle was ace!!!!



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she never could have gone back to the army anyway. she got a dishonorable discharge. you cant go back from that. its the same as a court marshall. their would be no going back even if she wanted to.

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The ending totally sucked. The last 1/4th of the film was not only predictable but we'v been there, done that. Evil Frenchman, screwing maid, wanting a good-little-wife at home. Its been done, to death. Audience's been there, we've got the T-shirt

As the movie's title is "Private Benjamin" and the whole schtick of the movie is Benjamin in the Army, I was expecting to see a final closing scene showing her back in uniform. The Mary Tyler Moore throwing of the veil thingy was quite good but I think they should have sequed back to her in the army as the film wasn't "Julie Benjamin and how she just happened to spend a couple of months in the army" but "Private Benjamin" (You know, like if they would have ended Stripes with them unemployed and forming a bowling league).

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I think the ending is alright. I mean, it doesn't matter what she does, the point is she can survive without men who are clearly all sex mad scum (if we go by the movie). It really sucked that she didn't get to stay with Albert Brooks. What a cutie.

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I never really thought much about whether she went back to the army or not. To me, the ending symbolised that she was finally taking control of her life.

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I thought it was a good ending. I didn't assume that she was out of the Army to begin with. I suppose now that you guys mention it, she was probably "out", but in real life getting out of the military is a paperwork nightmare, and takes extra long to outprocess early. I had a few friends whose outprocessing took over 6 months because they were getting out on "bad" terms. I know it's just a movie. Watching the end I assumed she'd go wherever she wanted.

What annoyed me is that the end tried to suggest that she was "overcoming" something, but I was already with her. I thought she had her sh!t straight long before the wedding, how many times does she have to set herself up and then overcome something before she's done? I mean, is she going to run into some other rapist man or evil government at the end of the Frenchman's driveway?




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She was going back to the army and become another Doreen I suppose. Having casuall sex on every Friday night doesn't sound that bad.


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The older I have become, the more satisfying the ending is. When we're young we want resolution to things to help comprehend the world around us - its a security thing. But real life isn't like that. And that's why this ending works so well: because Judy Benjamin has never been anyone without someone (or something) backing her up - be it a man, her parents or the army. So when she decides for herself that enough is enough, that SHE deserves her own life and not the life that anyone else has planned for her - she does it for all the right reasons, and not because it means a safe choice. To me the ending is a metaphore: she is going to strike out on her own and figure life out as we all could, if we're brave enough to start that journey by ourselves.

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That's a good point. I can see it from both sides though. The reason some people are disappointed with the other half of the movie is because we already saw Judy take control of her life and develop a real sense of self-respect. But then we had to spend the rest of the movie seeing her slowly reverting back to her old ways. SO I could see how that could be disappointing to spend half the movie seeing her take control of her life, but then the second half lose that control. But all that aside, It wouldn't have been a bad thing if they slowed it down and built it up to show more of how she slowly became a confident and independent woman and showed more army stuff and totally axed all the stuff with the guy she was going to marry and all that. But I think it worked out ok with that ending

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I wish it could have ended with Julie being a recruiter somewhere, advertising "Yachts" and "Single room condos" ;)

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She (and Goldie) walked off into an unknown future - without marriage. Or the Army or trying to get approval from any dominating father force figure. It's a brilliant - perfect ending.

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While the ending is very appropriate, it still felt a bit unsatisfying. They needed something to help the audience know what she did next. We know she can stand on her own but it would have been a nice payoff to find out what steps she took to apply her new found inner strength.

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I haven't seen this movie in many, many years, but does the last scene take place on a road/highway, or something?

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I love the ending, she was like: *beep* yeah"; now it's my life!


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Its obvious she is going back to the Army. At the beginning of the film she thought she needed a man in her life to be complete. At the end of the film she knew she was complete and getting married would be a disaster!

The film ended perfectly.

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I find the film generally disappointing from where she finishes her basic training. i think it is a pity they could not think up something more interesting.

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I agree, if the film is supposed to be about her transformation from spoiled princess to an independent empowered woman, it went down hill after her graduation from basic training.

The French doctor was not good for her and they only knew each other five minutes and they want to get married.

They made up for it in the end.

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I think she went back to the Army, before she was briefed on dating a communist she was up for promotion. Since she had no criminal background or shady past, I suspect the Army will take her back. Remember that after she choose Henri, it was shown and she even admitted that she was not use to her new life as a civilian. She told Henri in her own way she missed the Army cause she was used to life being full of activity. She felt that she was stagnating possibly becoming Henri's potential wife.

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Perfect ending would've been if she revealed her hubby-to-be was really a commie spy, went on some wacky mission like in Stripes and came back to the U.S. as an all american hero

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A happy ending (a satisfying marriage forever after) would have been disappointing. I, for one, was hoping that she would realize that she was perfectly capable of facing the world, either as a single woman or as a married one. I want to think that she found the right one after all, after a while; a man she didn't depend on and that respected her new self: a brave, independant woman.


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Yep, a rubbish ending. The story is essentially told by about half-way through so the second half is pointless.

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Anyone who thinks the ending was bad is nothing but a **** for brain dead idiot mother ****ing moron who didn't get it!

The movie opens up with her getting married to a rich guy for his money.
You can tell because of the way she is so reluctant to be sexual with him.
Then it ends showing how she has come full circle to be a strong, independent woman who no longer needs men to depend on.

If she had met Henri right after Yale she would have gone through with the wedding.
She realizes how Henri is being unfaithful to her and instead of caving in now has the guts to leave and do what she wants.

Fuck you dummies for not realizing this.

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