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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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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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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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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)  »

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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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Trivia

Given a theatrical release in just two cinemas in the USA, it went straight to video in the UK. 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

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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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

SHAKE SUGAREE
Written by Elizabeth Cotten
Published by Stormking Music, Inc.
Performed by Elizabeth Cotten
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Records
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Just beautiful
13 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just wonderful little sleeper about a young man (in 1963) about to be shipped off to war, having one last night with an unattractive young woman.

This is more of a character study and love story than anything else with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor both just superb in their roles. The script is sharp and refreshingly unsentimental and the film is extremely well cast right down to the smallest roles. Excellent, restrained use of period music also. Watching this movie is somewhat uncomfortable though because of Phoenix--in the movie he is so handsome and full of life--it's depressing to remember he died of a drug overdose. Still, him and Taylor are so great and believable in their roles you get caught up in the movie.

I do have a few minor complaints--Phoenix's constant swearing got annoying (although it does lead up to a very funny scene in a restaurant with Taylor) and the ending seems somewhat forced and rushed--although I have to admit I cried. Still these are minor complaints.

A beautiful, understated film that deserves much more recognition than it ever got. Well worth seeking out.


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