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Dogfight (1991)

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

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A Última Aposta  »

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$394,631 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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: It's just really nice to talk to someone. Really nice.
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Soundtracks

SILVER DAGGER
(traditional)
Performed by Joan Baez
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Brilliant, Calming, Moving, Unforgettable
6 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Dogfight is a little gem that is so often overlooked in so many ways. The most obvious is that people today often only watch this film to see River Phoenix, an actor we all so sorely miss, but most often, unless you are a real hardcore fan, this one is not the one you rent to see him in. The usual famous films of his career, My Own Private Idaho, Stand by Me, etc., are always rented first and although these are great films, none of them are as subtly beautiful, compelling and important as Dogfight. (Stand by Me comes close.) And I've seen every one of River's films. He turns in a touching and believable performance as usual, but the best surprise of this film, other than the sure handed direction, is Lili Taylor. She is so likeable an so touching that you end up arguing every point she makes. She will always make you smile. The story is very dark and not romantic, yet it's also an out and out love story. In my opinion, it's also the best war film ever made. This being said about a film with only one war scene. I say this because unlike other war films, you get to know and love these young marines and understand their world, then realize how these men's worlds are shattered by the fight: the true tragedy of a war. The onscreen chemistry between Lili and River is so nonexistent at first glance, that it's overwhelmingly pure and true. This is how two people with nothing in common, yet everything in common would act together. And the sequence where Eddie goes off to Okinawa after his night with Rose, with the great folk music of the era playing is like a beautiful dream we all have, a dream we never want to end. The same is true of the beautifully orchestrated, ever so gentle sequence in the music room at the fair. You never want these two people to pull away from the embrace. I do not enjoy romance films, but I don't think there is anyone who could dislike this film because it is so real and belivable. I've never seen a film that is so moving, yet not corny or sappy in ANY way. And it has one of the best endings in film history,the only way a real love story can end: unknown. It allows you to contemplate and figure out for yourself what's goin to happen for these two characters in the future, something also so indicative of the time period. This film also has an extraordinary soundtrack with the best folk artists of the era including Bob Dylan, Peete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez for people who are interested. NO ONE CAN MISS THIS MASTERPIECE! It's truly unforgettable and opens you up to the awkwardness and the perfectness of love, (or something like it), in a way very few films accomplish or even attempt.


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