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Dogfight (1991)

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

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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor es un juego cruel 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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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: What's a 'jarhead'?
Eddie Birdlace: Oh, that's just what we call ourselves. You see, i'm a United States marine. It's okay if we say it but if a squid say's it, you know, a sailor? then it's fist city. But it's alright if a, if a woman say's it... especially if she can sing as good as you can.
Rose: Thanks. Thanks very much. Jarhead.
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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T.B. Sheets
Written by Van Morrison
Published by Songs of Polygram International, Inc.
Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Love story, Vietnam bound Marine & a hip '60's San Francisco anti-war girl.
7 June 2000 | by Ed-145See all my reviews

Dogfight captures the feelings of the mid to late 1960's in San Francisco. It accurately shows the characteristics of young U.S. Marines destined for Vietnam. They are insensitive and cruel to the young women they invite to the 'Dogfight' because of their youth and the situation they find themselves in as G.I.'s. Being in the Air Force during this period I could relate to their crudeness as a posture taken by some young men as a defense against their environment. Being insensitive was a way to deal with their situation over which they had little control. The movie also accurately portrayed how young G.I.'s bond with other young guys who in civilian life they might not have bothered to befriend.

The love story involves a girl invited to the 'Dogfight' (a contest to see who could bring the ugliest girl) and the young Marine who brings her. She breaks through his shell of indifference and they become friends and lovers.

Lilly Taylor and River Phoenix are terrific. Their characters ring true and my wife and I cared very much about what happened to them.

Phoenix's return to S.F. after his tour in Vietnam was just as I experienced it. Although I was not returning from overseas when I returned the Bay Area in 1969, I discovered that the San Francisco of 1965 was totally gone and replaced with a foreign land.

'Dogfight' is accurately nostalgic for those of my generation and perhaps older. Younger viewers get to enjoy a truly good love story. They also get a glimpse of life as a young G.I. during that uniquely explosive period of change and social upheaval in America during the middle to late 1960's.


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