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Enemy Mine -- Xenophobia gives way to friendship as an alien and his human enemy gain mutual respect when their survival on a desolate planet relies on peaceful coexistence.
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Barry Longyear (story)
Edward Khmara (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1985 (USA) See more »
Enemies because they were taught to be. Survivors because they had to be. See more »
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... See more » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Quaid ... Willis Davidge

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan

Brion James ... Stubbs
Richard Marcus ... Arnold

Carolyn McCormick ... Morse

Bumper Robinson ... Zammis
Jim Mapp ... Old Drac

Lance Kerwin ... Joey Wooster

Scott Kraft ... Jonathan
Lou Michaels ... Wilson
Andy Geer ... Bates
Henry Stolow ... Cates

Herb Andress ... Hopper
Danmar ... Wise Guy
Mandy Hausenberger ... 1st Medic
Emily Woods ... Simpson
Barry Stokes ... Huck
Colin Gilder ... Chavo
Charles M. Huber ... Kranzer (as Charly Huber)
Ulrich Günther ... Daggett
Frank Henson ... Lump
Jazzer Jeyes ... Scarbreath
Doug Robinson ... Walker (as Dough Robinson)
Mark McBride ... Hensler
Tony L. Moore ... Special Drac
Kevin Taylor ... Special Drac
Sheyenne Jade ... Special Drac (as Cheyenne Jade)
Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé ... Mills (as Balog Menyert)
Jack Luceno ... Drac Movement

Directed by
Wolfgang Petersen 
Writing credits
Barry Longyear (story)

Edward Khmara (screenplay) (as Ed Khmara)

Produced by
Stephen J. Friedman .... producer (as Stephen Friedman)
Stanley O'Toole .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi 
Film Editing by
Hannes Nikel 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Troy Neighbors 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Art Direction by
Werner Achmann 
Herbert Strabel 
Set Decoration by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Costume Design by
Monika Bauert 
Makeup Department
Daniel Parker .... makeup chief
Chris Taylor .... key hair stylist
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
Chris Walas .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Jan-Michael Brandt .... unit manager (as Jan Brandt)
Dieter Meyer .... production supervisor
Harry Nap .... production manager
Walter Pucker .... production manager
Scott Wodehouse .... production manager
Ariel Levy .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... first assistant director
Robert Hottarek .... third assistant director
Gerd Huber .... second assistant director
Thomas Jauch .... assistant director: second unit
Hannes Nikel .... second unit director
Albrecht von Bethmann .... assistant director: second unit (as Albrecht v. Berthmann)
Art Department
Peter Dürst .... property master
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Josef Farnbauer .... supervising sculptor (as Joseph Farnbauer)
Zoltán Horváth .... set dresser
Gerald Meckel .... property assistant
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist: Hungary & Iceland
Bernhard Neureiter .... construction coordinator
Werner Runge .... property assistant
Freder Thaler .... art director: scenic artist
Rolf Zehetbauer .... production design: matte painting
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... sound editor
Scott Brose .... sound editor
Gary Clayton .... dialogue editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Heiner Harss .... foley artist
John Ireland .... dialogue editor
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Mike Le Mare .... sound designer
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
Alan Paley .... sound editor
Ed Parente .... sound
Ron Pender .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Chris Price .... sound
Günther Ruckdeschel .... boom operator
Christian Schubert .... sound mixer
Karola Storr .... foley editor (as Carola Storr)
Special Effects by
Anna Albrecht .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Peter Albrecht .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Brent Baker .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Karl Baumgartner .... floor effects supervisor
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects senior technician
Blair Clark .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
James Cummins .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
James Cummins .... sculptor
John DeCarl .... drag contact lens
Stephan Dupuis .... special makeup supervisor: Chris Walas Inc.
Joe English .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Tim Gillet .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Frank Gorgas .... special effects assistant
Ernst Gschwind .... special effects technician
Ron Hone .... special effects
Jonathan Horton .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Garth Inns .... special effects
James Isaac .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Joan Isaacson .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Conrad Itchener .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Mike Jobe .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
David Johnson .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Kelly Lepkowsky .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Tina Lipney-Miller .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Bob MacDonald Jr. .... special effects supervisor
Robert MacDonald .... special effects crew: MacDonald (as Bob MacDonald Sen.)
John P. Meade .... special effects assistant
Helmut Neudorfer .... model maker
Gregg Olsson .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Alan Peterson .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Margaret Prentice .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc. (as Margaret Beserra)
Robin Ralston .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
Richard Richtsfeld .... floor effects supervisor
Valerie Sofranko .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
William Stoneham .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Eben Stromquist .... mechanical supervisor: Chris Walas Inc.
Richard Stutsman .... special effects foreman
Eileen Turner .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Wim van Thillo .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Lauren Vogt .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Brian Wade .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Carol Walas .... effects producer: Chris Walas Inc.
Chris Walas .... aliens creator and designer: Chris Walas Inc.
Chris Walas .... special creature makeup and effects director: Chris Walas Inc.
Mark Walas .... location effects supervisor: Chris Walas Inc.
Harold Weed .... creature technician: Chris Walas Inc.
Michael White .... special effects technician
Bob Williams .... creature assistant: Chris Walas Inc.
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... matte photography supervisor
Dennis Bartlett .... blue screen supervisor
Dave Carson .... visual effects art director
Peter Daulton .... assistant cameraman
Don Dow .... visual effects supervisor
Selwyn Eddy .... camera operator: ILM
Andrew Eio .... motion control technician
Christopher Evans .... visual effects supervisor of photography
Chuck Eyler .... visual effects
Sandy Houston .... rotoscoper
Guy Hudson .... model effects supervisor
Christine Jahn .... visual effects editor
Pamela Marcotte .... visual effects
Jan-Christian Martens .... computer animation
Ewald Müller .... computer simulation: Max Planck Institute, Garching
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor
Peter Povey .... model cinematographer
Jay Riddle .... animation camera: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... optical lineup
Bruce Walters .... animation supervisor
Steve Gawley .... model maker (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Markus Blunder .... second assistant camera
Alfie Emmins .... gaffer
Michel Gemmell .... underwater cinematographer
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera
Bernie Grill .... best boy electric
Heinz Hölscher .... unit cinematographer
Alan Jones .... assistant camera
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (as Randy Johnson)
Clive Prior .... second assistant camera
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann .... still photographer
Tony White .... camera operator
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Animation Department
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Martin Kayser-Landwehr .... casting associate (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Thomas Nikel .... additional editor
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician: electronic ensemble
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Maurice Jarre .... musician: electronic ensemble
Peter Kramper .... music recordist: orchestral music
Martin Ley .... musician: electronic ensemble
Michel Mention .... assistant: Maurice Jarre, electronic music
Michel Mention .... musician: electronic ensemble
Christopher Palmer .... assistant: Maurice Jarre, orchestral music
Kristian Schultze .... musician: electronic ensemble
Rainer Standke .... assistant music editor
Nyle Steiner .... musician: electronic ensemble
Ulrich Ullmann .... music recordist: electronic music
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... post-production accountant
Marty Brenneis .... equipment engineer
Blair Clark .... machinist
Blair Clark .... puppeteer
Hunt Downs .... unit publicist
Susan Fritz-Monahan .... production coordinator
Jay Roberts .... assistant accountant
Kathy Sykes .... production coordinator
Carol Walas .... aliens designer and creator
Chris Walas .... aliens designer and creator

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

During the opening battle sequence, the computer screen inside the Drac ship is actually displaying the structure of a protein.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the Drac is sitting by the camp fire reading from his book, we see the open book for a few seconds. The page on the right is the same page as the left just upside down.See more »
Davidge:Where would you be without me, huh?
Jerry:Back home.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in District 9 (2009)See more »


What are the differences between the International Version and the original German Version?
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69 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A film that almost never was, 16 November 2007
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

I hate being nostalgic about movies, but I do remember a time when imagination was evident in every part of a production, when film posters were dynamic, visceral and iconic, when films looked like they were shot on film and not an HD camera with a sunset tint, when scores were done by orchestras instead of synthesizers and death metal guitars and, most important of all, when the lack of CGI technology forced the filmmakers into achieving visual effects through more practical means. The 1980s were filled with such movies and, looking back, I am glad that I grew up in that decade. Children now are exposed to altogether soulless movies.

Set in the late 21st Century, Enemy Mine has humans reaching out into the depths of space after achieving world peace. But a rival species, the alien race of the Drax, don't take to kindly to humans poking about the galaxy and an interstellar war kicks off. A human pilot (Dennis Quaid) and a lone Drac (Louis Gossett Jnr.) crash land on a remote desert planet and learn, the hard way, to stick together if they want to survive. Despite their ultimate conflict they discover that they are not all that different from each other and neither yet both are to blame for the war.

Enemy Mine suffered from severe problems during production. Apparently the original director, Richard Longcraine (Wimbledon, Richard III), shot the entire film on location in Iceland before being replaced by Wolfgang Petersen who re-shot the whole film all over again but changed the story somewhat in the process. So, in reality, there are two completely different versions of Enemy Mine. One which was released into cinemas that has become a classic in its own right and another that only exists in the vaults of Twentieth Century Fox. I would love to see this alternate cut.

The fantastic photography and production design look very, very good for a film from 1985. Some of the effect shots and matte paintings are simply gorgeous and the cutting between desert locations and desert sets is almost seamless. This isn't like an episode of the original Star Trek series in which the cast simply take a half hour drive to a bit of desert outside of LA, the desert locations with the matte painting backgrounds look utterly authentic.

If you like the look and feel of films like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth then you'll appreciate the fantasy of Enemy Mine. I know I am going to sound like an old coot but they just don't make films like this anymore. Everything these days seems to be geared towards the average ASBO teenage boy. In ten years time I honestly think that films will be no more than a test card that offends and stimulates no one.

I will consider myself lucky that films like this were once made and that they were a part of my formative years.

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