Soldier Girls (1982)





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Though Soldier Girls was the winner of the 1981 British Film Award's "best documentary" prize, the film's subject matter is distinctly American in nature. Filmmakers Nicholas Broomfield and Joan Churchill aimed their sights at the military basic-training camp in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Per the title, the film concentrates on a group of female trainees. No quarter is given, no none requested: the women are put through as grueling a training program as the men. Soldier Girls would be an apt companion piece to the similarly themed but highly romanticized Goldie Hawn feature Private Benjamin.
Documentary , Special Interest
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I found this documentary about woment's basic training in 1981 fascinating. Since I was 21 years old and newly divorced then, this could have easily been me since I briefly considered joining the military. I've also learned how to shoot a gun and I loved it. The only part I found disturbing was the scene where they had to kill a chicken. I know it's necessary but it still bothered me. I hope the two women who were disrespectful and whining the entire time got dishonorable discharges. They weren't mentally ill~ they were slackers!

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