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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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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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  (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
R.A. 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. (as Wim van Thillo)
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
Warren Franklin .... General Manager ILM
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)
Ned Gorman .... visual effects (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
Jack Coggins .... electrician
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
Rolf Konow .... specials photographer (uncredited)
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 sound engineer: music mixer
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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David Lynch was one of the directors considered.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 »
Jerry:In your heart, in your soul, you are alone. That is why you separated your sexes, for that brief union.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Wolfgan Petersen's Masterspiece., 23 November 2010
Author: Vivekmaru45 from Kenya

This magnificent film has a lot to offer the viewer. From its opening to the end it keeps on a thrilling pace. You'll be glued to to the TV screen in anticipation to what happens next.

It is based on the story of the same title by Barry B. Longyear.

I rank this film in the same category as Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964). And if you think about it Enemy Mine comes close to the remake of that film.

This is a film based on a theme of survival on a harsh planet with limited resources. It is also a film about friendship and understanding (or cultural exchange) between two different species.

Full Plot: In the late 21st century, an interstellar war between humans (associated as the Bilateral Terran Alliance, or BTA) and Dracs (a reptilian humanoid race) is being fought. Human pilot Willis E. Davidge (Dennis Quaid) and Drac pilot Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.) engage in a spacecraft battle which results in both crash-landing on Fyrine IV, a strange, dark alien world with two moons a breathable atmosphere, water, and bizarre animal life.

After initial hostilities, the two eventually learn to cooperate in order to survive. They work together to build a shelter for protection against intermittent bombardment by meteorites, and to satisfy their needs for food, water, and warmth. Over a period of years, they learn to overcome their differences, become friends, and learn each other's languages and cultures. Each saves the other's life on at least one occasion.

Davidge, haunted by dreams of spaceships landing on the planet, leaves in search of help. He finds signs of a human presence, but learns that the planet has been periodically visited by human miners who employ Dracs as slave labor. He returns to warn Jeriba (whom Davidge nicknames "Jerry") only to discover that Jerreba is pregnant (Dracs reproduce asexually with no control over timing of conception).

The combination of a blizzard and attack by one of the planet's predators forces Davidge and Jeriba to flee their shelter. To pass the time Jeriba teaches Davidge his full ancestry, a necessity if his child is to be accepted into Drac society. Jeriba later dies during the childbirth, but not before making Davidge swear that if he ever escapes the planet to take Jeriba's child back to Dracon (the Drac Homeworld) and recite his full ancestry so he can join Drac society.

Davidge raises the child Zammis (Bumper Robinson) as his own. Over the years, Davidge and Zammis form a very close bond, and although the young Drac refers to Davidge as its 'uncle', its emotional range towards Davidge is as a son would look up to a father — an emotion that Davidge shares as well. Davidge knows of the mining crews scouring the planet in search of minerals and ore deposits, and he knows that they have little regard for Drac life, so he remains on guard to keep Zammis from getting captured or killed should they run into any of the miners. However, Zammis does not realize the danger and goes off to get a closer look at such a spacecraft. Although Davidge follows and tries to rescue him, Zammis is abducted by the humans with Davidge hurt and left for dead. A BTA patrol ship finds Davidge anonymous, unrecognizable and apparently dead, and it returns him to the space station where he was formerly based.

On the station, during the funeral ceremony, Davidge awakens when one of the disposal technicians tries to steal the small book (the Talman) that Jerry had given him years before when he first wished to learn the Drac language. Davidge's former patrol crew vouch for his loyalty to the BTA, even after it is discovered that he speaks the language fluently. Sometime later, Davidge is reinstated to duty, but not as a pilot. Unable to enlist assistance to rescue Zammis from the miner villains, Davidge desperately steals a spaceship to rescue Zammis solo. He manages to find and infiltrate the miners' ship. Davidge contacts the Drac slaves in their own language which convinces them to help him overcome the brutality of the human overseers and eventually reunite with Zammis. Eventually Davidge is also assisted by a BTA crew who pursued him. They finally realize that whatever it was that he experienced while missing in action (MIA) has made him more human; he no longer hates Dracs.

In the epilogue, Davidge and Zammis return to the Drac homeworld for Zammis's introduction ceremony to the Drac Holy Council so that it may be accepted into Drac society. As required and as he promised Jerry, Davidge recounts the complete Jeriba ancestry before the Holy Council in the traditional ritual, as he was taught by Jerry. A narrator explains that years later, when Zammis also has a child and brings it to the Holy Council for the same ritual, the name of "Willis Davidge" was added to the line of Jerreba.

Louis Gosset Jr. is outstanding as the Drac, Jeriba Shigan. Dennis Quaid plays the fighter pilot Willis Davidge. Bumper Robinson plays the role of the offspring of Jeriba, named Zammis.

Special effects is the main plus point of the film, as it relies on them to create the harsh environment of the alien planet. Dialogue is solid and at times thought-provoking.

Favorite quote by Jeriba as he is dying giving birth to Zammis: "you have divided yourselves into two sexes male and female to enjoy that brief joy of during union" (or something to that effect).

Recommend you buy this film on DVD as it is a gem of a film. Also buy Robinson Crusoe On Mars as well.

Thanks for reading!

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