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      Soldier Girls

      Released Sep 15, 1981 1h 30m Documentary List
      Reviews 57% Audience Score 100+ Ratings This documentary examines a basic-training camp for female soldiers in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Many of the women have joined the army because they have few other options, and arrive at camp not fully aware of the duress they will undergo. Private Johnson, especially, seems to rebel against the tactics of Drill Sergeant Abing, who tests the women's strength with intimidation and demanding exercises -- though he admits later that his experience in the military has made him unfeeling. Read More Read Less

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      Sheila Curran Bernard Sojourner A stunning and revealing cinema-verite documentary by Joan Churchill and Nicholas Broomfield. Aug 16, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Not sure how sexist the "Girls" in the title is. They all seemed like young women to me. Ended up giving the whole thing a slightly condescending air. Very interesting however. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member incredibly dull and uninteresting Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member An incredibly fascinating and highly entertaining documentary depicting the lives of various young women in Army basic training. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 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! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This documentary examines a basic-training camp for female soldiers in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Many of the women have joined the army because they have few other options, and arrive at camp not fully aware of the duress they will undergo. Private Johnson, especially, seems to rebel against the tactics of Drill Sergeant Abing, who tests the women's strength with intimidation and demanding exercises -- though he admits later that his experience in the military has made him unfeeling.
      Director
      Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 15, 1981, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 14, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo