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Dogfight (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  4 October 1991 (USA)
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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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Richard Panebianco ...
Berzin
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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

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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The rules of the dogfight were simple: Everyone puts in fifty bucks. And the guy with the ugliest "date" wins. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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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  »

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$394,631 (USA)
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Trivia

The first and last scenes (River Phoenix on the bus and then River and Rose reuniting) were both shot the first day of filming. River was upset about this unusual way of movie making because he had to shoot the last scene before making the whole movie. See more »

Goofs

The picture of American musician Bob Dylan that Rose points out to on her wall was taken in 1964, while the scene takes place in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Birdlace: Where's our FUCKING drinks?
Rose: You boys sure like to swear.
Eddie Birdlace: No, we just like to drink.
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Referenced in Clerks. (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

PARTY LIGHTS
Written by Claudine Clark
Published by Music Corporation of America, Inc.
Performed by Claudine Clark
Courtesy of Chancellor Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Very Sweet.
10 June 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

"Dogfight", starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, is a surprisingly charming film. It tells a love story born of peculiar circumstances, much like "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine. Phoenix and Taylor are quiet and awkward people on seemingly different paths who spend a short time together and wind up falling deeply in love with one another. The film is set against the backdrop of the autumn of 1963, prior to immense change in the United States. It is an intelligent work with a keen visual sense--watch for a kissing scene where our leads practically become musicbox dancers--and fine acting.


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