Before leaving to fight in Vietnam, a group of teenagers play a game where they try to seduce the ugliest girl they can find.

Director:

Nancy Savoca

Writer:

Bob Comfort
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
River Phoenix ... Eddie Birdlace
Lili Taylor ... Rose
Richard Panebianco Richard Panebianco ... Berzin
Anthony Clark ... Oakie
Mitchell Whitfield ... Benjamin
Holly Near ... Rose Sr.
Elizabeth Daily ... Marcie (as E.G. Daily)
Sue Morales Sue Morales ... Ruth Two Bears
Christina Mastin ... Linda
Christopher Shaw ... Donavin
John Lacy ... Fector
Chris San Nicholas Chris San Nicholas ... Dogfight Buddy
Brian Gotta Brian Gotta ... Dogfight Marine
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ... Older Cafe Customer
Neal Allen 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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A love story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and a sexual scene | See all certifications »

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Trivia

River Phoenix's marine haircut (called a "high-and-tight") was deemed so unflattering that Warner Bros. requested highlights be added to Phoenix's hair to soften the young actor's appearance. See more »

Goofs

Right after Birdlace sticks the note to Rose's window, he loses his balance and falls, however in the next shot, as he is jumping over the fence to avoid Rose's attack dog, the window is empty and the note is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Birdlace: Why do we bullshit each other like this?
Berzin: Are you kidding me? Look, I bullshit you, you bullshit me. We take our bullshit from the military, who takes their bullshit from President Kennedy, who takes bullshit from everyone else. And that's what makes us Americans, Birdlace.
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Soundtracks

Turkey Trot
Written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller
Used by permission of Screen-Gems EMI Music Inc.
Performed by Little Eva
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
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Poignant and Quite Wonderful!
5 March 2003 | by sales-27See all my reviews

If you were to pick out one River Phoenix film from his cannon of films, to show to someone unfamiliar to his movies, this would be it. It is quite simply a wonderful performance. Although this received an almost non existant cinema release, the magic of this movie will continue for future generations through word of mouth, as I have found, when people discover it, they just want to go out and tell people to watch it! The ending is perfect and says so much more than a thousand words ever could.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogfight See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,736, 15 September 1991

Gross USA:

$394,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$394,631
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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