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Writer (WGA):
Bob Comfort (written by)
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Release Date:
4 October 1991 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The rules of the dogfight were simple: Everyone puts in fifty bucks. And the guy with the ugliest "date" wins. See more »
Plot:
1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Brilliant, Calming, Moving, Unforgettable See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

River Phoenix ... Eddie Birdlace

Lili Taylor ... Rose
Richard Panebianco ... Berzin

Anthony Clark ... Oakie

Mitchell Whitfield ... Benjamin
Holly Near ... Rose Sr.

Elizabeth Daily ... Marcie (as E.G. Daily)
Sue Morales ... Ruth Two Bears

Christina Mastin ... Linda

Christopher Shaw ... Donavin

John Lacy ... Fector
Chris San Nicholas ... Dogfight Buddy
Brian Gotta ... Dogfight Marine
Peg Phillips ... Older Cafe Customer
Neal Allen ... Sgt. Judge
Ron Lynch ... LCpl. Judge
Dale Garman ... Restaurant Maitre d'
Bruce Pearson ... Walter
Angie Utt ... Thrift Shop Woman
Kenneth Utt ... Thrift Shop Man (as Kenny Utt)
Julian Schembri ... Navy Bill
Barb Benedetti ... Alice
Ivars Mikelson ... Bob

Brendan Fraser ... Sailor #1 (as Brendon Fraser)
Matt Skerritt ... Sailor #2
Dion Williams ... Older Brother on Bus
Jason Moore ... Younger Brother on Bus
Denise Williams ... Mother on Bus
Kristie Gamer ... Pretty Girl
David MacIntyre ... Bartender (as Dave McIntyre)
Art Cahn ... Bar Owner

Robert Munns ... '50s drinker (as Bob Munns)
Jessica Wallenfels ... Arcade Girl (as Jessica Wallenfells)
Bonnie Fox ... Arcade Hooker

Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Crying Woman
Joseph Franklin ... Crying Customer
Frank Walters ... Newscaster
Jacob Luft ... Neighborhood Boy
Constance McCord ... Dogfight Waitress
Laura Vetter ... Truckstop Waitress
Krisha Fairchild ... Truckstop Cook
George Evans ... Bus Driver

Jillian Armenante ... Girl on Street
Anne Elizabeth Washburn ... Friend of Girl on Street
John Fry ... Marine on Bus
Albert Farrar ... Corpsman
Rafael Orozco ... Hippie (as Raf Orozco)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brett Baker ... Sailor #2 (uncredited)
Don Berg ... PX Marine (uncredited)
Dale Carman ... Maitre 'd (uncredited)

Joe James ... Sailor (voice) (uncredited)
Dewayne Luckett ... Sailor #3 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nancy Savoca 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bob Comfort (written by)

Produced by
Richard Guay .... producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Craigry Price Shell .... assistant producer
Cathleen Summers .... executive producer
Llewellyn Wells .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski 
 
Film Editing by
John Tintori 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Lester Cohen  (as Lester W. Cohen)
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Talpers 
 
Set Decoration by
Jessica Lanier 
 
Costume Design by
Eugenie Bafaloukos 
 
Makeup Department
Sheryl Berkoff .... key makeup artist
Robaire Charbonneau .... assistant hair stylist
Angela Nogaro .... assistant makeup artist
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects (as Gordon Smith)
Jenny Stolee .... special makeup effects
Bill Sturgeon .... special makeup effects
Mimi Vodnoy .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Steven Stoke .... post-production supervisor
Llewellyn Wells .... unit production manager
Mark Yellen .... production manager: San Francisco unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Kostenko Jr. .... second assistant director (as Frank Kosteko)
Elisa Sansalone .... second second assistant director
J. Miller Tobin .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Keith Bergman .... construction coordinator: Chinatown sequence
Loren Corney .... construction coordinator
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Matthew Ebert .... on-set dresser
Matthew Ebert .... set dresser
John Harrington .... assistant property master
Teresa Mastropierro .... scenic artist
Kenneth Milfred .... lead man (as Ken Milford)
Michael Perman .... set decorator: Chinatown sequence
Phillip Schneider .... scenic artist
Sarah Stollman .... set designer
Suellyn Tackitt .... set decorator: Chinatown sequence
Alun Vick .... construction foreman
Gilbert Wong .... art director: Chinatown sequence
 
Sound Department
Stuart Emanuel .... sound editor
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Lisa J. Levine .... adr supervisor (as Lisa Levine)
Tim Squyres .... supervising sound editor
John Sutton .... sound mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Ray Brown .... special effects
Bob Riggs .... special effects (as Bobby Riggs)
 
Stunts
David Boushey .... stunt coordinator (as Dave Boushey)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Scott Leyse .... stunts
Kevin Leise .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark L. Anderson .... third assistant camera
Martin Bosworth .... grip
Katherine M. Butler .... second assistant camera
John Cardoni .... rigging gaffer
Charley Gilleran .... best boy grip
Jim Grce .... gaffer
Christopher Hall .... best boy electric
Victor Korte .... dolly grip
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera (as Cris Lombardi)
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Ivan H. Migel .... grip
Thaddeus Wadleigh .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Susan Dixon .... casting: Seattle
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Elizabeth Yoffe .... casting: Seattle
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Hudson .... costume supervisor
Nancy Konrardy .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jolie Gorchov .... assistant editor
Tim Squyres .... assistant editor
Brian Saunderson .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeffrey Kimball .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Robert T. Chestnut .... transportation captain
Jon McCarthy .... transportation coordinator
Ed Ramos .... transportation captain: San Francisco
Mike Sassen .... driver
 
Other crew
Brett Baker .... stand-in: River Phoenix
David Bockmann .... stand-in: River Phoenix
Jennifer Campbell .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Mitchell E. Dauterive .... production coordinator
Dale Dye .... military consultant (as Capt. Dale Dye)
Tony Grob .... assistant location manager
Mark Haslett .... production assistant
Robert Jarzen .... adr loop group
Kerri Kroll .... production secretary
Tasha Le Mel .... production aide
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Michael Leon .... location manager
Mitchell Nyberg .... production assistant
Brian Russo .... production assistant
Frank Simeone .... additional crew
Mike Stokey .... assistant military consultant (as Sgt. Mike Stokey)
Mira Tweti .... unit publicist
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong language and a sexual scene
Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Anachronisms: 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:
Rose:Eddie, what's the problem?
Eddie Birdlace:Oh, no problem. Just a man with a mission.
Rose:What mission?
Eddie Birdlace:You and me, against the pricks. Are you with me?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
SILVER DAGGERSee more »

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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, Calming, Moving, Unforgettable, 6 July 2003
Author: (hilthebrit) from Los Angeles

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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