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In 1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They play a dirty game called 'Dogfight': all of them seek a woman for a party, and who ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Panebianco ...
Berzin
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Mitchell Whitfield ...
Benjamin
Holly Near ...
Rose Sr.
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Marcie (as E.G. Daily)
Sue Morales ...
Ruth Two Bears
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Linda
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Fector
Chris San Nicholas ...
Dogfight Buddy
Brian Gotta ...
Dogfight Marine
Peg Phillips ...
Older Cafe Customer
Neal Allen ...
Sgt. Judge
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Storyline

In 1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They play a dirty game called 'Dogfight': all of them seek a woman for a party, and who finds the most ugly one, wins a prize. Eddie finds the lonesome pacifist Rose working in a coffee shop. She's happy to accompany him - but then she sees through the game. However by this time he already learned to like her, so he follows her home. Will he manage to win her heart despite their differences? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and a sexual scene | See all certifications »
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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Aposta  »

Box Office

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$394,631 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare to play the Four B's, a close group of marines, River Phoenix (Birdlace), Richard Panebianco (Berzin), Mitchell Whitfield (Benjamin), and Anthony Clark (Oakie) were sent for a week of simulated boot camp, run by retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain Dale Dye. See more »

Goofs

The U.S. Navy Bus that took the "Four B's" to the base in 1963 was a 1967 Ford B-Series bus. See more »

Quotes

Oakie: what did the ghost say to the bee? Boobee.
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Connections

Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL
Written by 'Sonny Boy Williamson (II)'
Published by Arc Music Corp.
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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always a favorite
8 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen it a million times, and it will always be one of my favorites. But what always struck me about this film is the silence - it opens very quietly, with no music and only muffled voices of the passengers on a bus. Our first views of the main character Eddie are of him sitting alone on a bus and at a truck stop. It is a perfect way to introduce a character that changes so much from beginning to end. In fact, the film starts at the end, and we are allowed to see the past when Eddie reminisces all that happened to him before he left for Okinawa. The movie has a quiet subtle way about it all the way through. There are tender, heartbreaking moments, but also moments that will have you laugh hysterically. Among the many issues the film addresses are honesty, friendship, forgiveness, war, and love. Someone said this is not a very romantic film, and I agree. It is not romantic in the way that most romances are. It is a decidely un-Hollywood approach to love, which is what makes it so memorable. The first kisses are not beautiful and elegant. They are awkward and uncertain in the most realistic way. They are not backed by melodramatic music, but rather the music that those characters would have really heard in their own ears. The poetry of it is that it ends the same way it began - in the quietest way possible, showing that for the two characters words are not needed.


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