Tim Purtell
June 13, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Private War of Major Benson

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

A comedy with Charlton Heston? Actually, the man best known as Moses, Ben-Hur, and Michelangelo has made several lighthearted trifles. In this one, on video for the first time, he’s an Army major who’s banished to a military academy stocked with 300 unruly boys and a pert pediatrician (Julie Adams). Heston displays typical gravity, even while pratfalling, which would be fine if the movie were cleverer. Rental tip: Damon Wayans’ Major Payne, a remake of The Private War of Major Benson, is a ruder, funnier flick. D+

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