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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

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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

Was adapted as a stage musical that played a limited engagement in the summer of 2012. Theatre performers Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez played the lead roles of Eddie and Rose, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Through the rear window of a bus can be seen a "do not enter" traffic sign (red circle with a white bar). European style traffic signs were not approved for use in the U.S. until the late 1960s and installations began in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Rose: [after learning the marines are shipping out] Where are you going?
Eddie Birdlace: Okinawa. But I'm aiming for this other place. It's a little country near India called Vietnam.
Rose: Yeah, I think I read about it. Aren't they fighting there or something?
Eddie Birdlace: No, not really. We'll just be there as advisors to teach them how to take care of the Commies.
Rose: That could be dangerous.
Eddie Birdlace: Nah. We'll kick a little ass, take a few names. Be back in a couple of months.
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Soundtracks

THE NITTY GRITTY
Written by Lincoln Chase
Published by Al Gallico Music Corp.
Performed by Shirley Ellis
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An absolute gem
19 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

DOGFIGHT is one of favorite films. The two leads actors share perfect a chemistry, making their interaction a pleasure to watch. Not to mention, Mr. Phoenix's screen presence is incredible. In fact, I could've followed him around the whole night. Furthermore, there is a great amount of foreshadowing on and off the screen. When Eddie (Phoenix) discusses Vietnam, he mentions its a small mess and that he'll be back in a few months. We, however, know that a different course lies ahead. In addition, this is one of Mr. Phoenix's final films, a glimpse of a magnificent only two years before his tragic demise. As a result, actor-character parallel almost each other, which I found to be truly sad. In addition, I give my credits to Bob and Nancy for executing a perfect ending. Yet, for me, this picture will always be a testament to one of the finest actors of our generation; may his spirit live on.

Ted's Grade: A-


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