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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

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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 ... 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Aposta See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$394,631
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

River Phoenix running down the street after he left Rose was the last scene shot and was not intended. It was added last minute when everyone noticed the skyline. River was told to run and didn't know why. He laughed through the whole scene because everyone yelled "Run River Run!" See more »

Goofs

Through the rear window of a bus can be seen a "do not enter" traffic sign (red circle with a white bar). European style traffic signs were not approved for use in the U.S. until the late 1960s and installations began in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Oakie: what did the ghost say to the bee? Boobee.
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WIMOWEH
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Words and Music by Solomon Linda
Additional words and music by Paul Campbell
Published by Tro-Folkways Music Publishers, Inc.
Performed by The Weavers
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very Sweet.

"Dogfight", starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, is a surprisingly charming film. It tells a love story born of peculiar circumstances, much like "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine. Phoenix and Taylor are quiet and awkward people on seemingly different paths who spend a short time together and wind up falling deeply in love with one another. The film is set against the backdrop of the autumn of 1963, prior to immense change in the United States. It is an intelligent work with a keen visual sense--watch for a kissing scene where our leads practically become musicbox dancers--and fine acting.


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