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Enemy Mine (1985)

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During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies becomes dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

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Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Barry Longyear (story), Edward Khmara (screenplay) (as Ed Khmara)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Davidge
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Drac
Brion James ... Stubbs
Richard Marcus ... Arnold
Carolyn McCormick ... Morse
Bumper Robinson ... Zammis
Jim Mapp ... Old Drac
Lance Kerwin ... Wooster
Scott Kraft ... Jonathan
Lou Michaels Lou Michaels ... Wilson (as Lou Micheals)
Andy Geer Andy Geer ... Bates
Henry Stolow Henry Stolow ... Cates
Herb Andress ... Hopper
Danmar Danmar ... Wise Guy
Mandy Hausenberger Mandy Hausenberger ... 1st Medic
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Storyline

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting. They band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end, the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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Enemies because they were taught to be. Survivors because they had to be. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo mío See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,594,702, 22 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,271,684
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down, preferring instead to develop his own project, which would eventually become Brazil (1985). See more »

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When the Drac is sitting by the camp fire reading from his book, we see the open book for a few seconds. The page on the right is the same page as the left just upside down. See more »

Quotes

Mine Guard #1: That you Daggett?
Davidge: [in disguise] Yea!
Mine Guard #1: What's going on out there?
Davidge: Trouble!
Mine Guard #2: What kind of trouble?
Davidge: This kind!
[knocks out guards with rifle]
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version had been shortened by the distributors before release following negative reviews in the US and was then cut by 27 secs by the BBFC for a PG certificate with edits made to the severed ear sequence. The cuts were restored to the 1987 15-rated video release and the full US version was released on DVD in 2002. See more »

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Teaching morals through Scifi and Mickey Mouse ...
14 February 2004 | by davidsundancerSee all my reviews

Aaah, the power of ... no, not cheese ... science fiction and Mickey Mouse!

Science fiction has always been an excellent tool for social comment that has made it a lot easier for people to absorb a lesson about tolerance without being hampered by possible prejudice from a society / social network that we are actually embedded in.

In other words ... replace "alien creature perceived as being evil" with anybody different from you (creed, color, sexual orientation, you name it...), and you pretty much get the tale of tolerance this movie tells about life (on earth or other planets):

  • Don't buy anything at face value that "your planet's" authorities tell you.


  • Yeah ... that other person is different from you ... so what?


  • Don't underestimate Mickey Mouse as a powerful spiritual teacher!


Dennis Quaid is one fine actor ... if you want to get an idea of his tremendous range, just watch "Innerspace", "Frequency" and "Far From Heaven", which are completely different movies.

Furthermore, Louis Gosset Jr. is just plain awesome in this one, possibly giving THE performance of his career.

BTW: this is one of the movie's director's (Wolfgang Petersen) first major hits in the U.S. He also did the very impressive (make that: frightening / claustrophobic) movie "Das Boot", the very successful Harrison Ford vehicle "Airforce One", and the somewhat "macho-heavy" flick "The Perfect Storm" (though I have to admit that the "high sea" visuals / special effects were pretty awesome).

The bottom line for me about THIS movie is: it doesn't matter whether your "holy book" is The Bible, The Koran, The Talmud, or some other sacred scripture from this planet or beyond - the underlying message from every truly "holy" book is essentially the same: it's a message of caring about and loving those you don't necessarily understand when you start out, but come to appreciate over time when you get to know them better.


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