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Enemy Mine (1985)

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

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Barry Longyear (story), Edward Khmara (screenplay) (as Ed Khmara)
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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. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be. See more »


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Trivia

In the scene where Davidge (Dennis Quaid) and Jeri (Louis Gossett, Jr.) argue about their respective philosophers and Jeri calls Mickey Mouse a "big dope", Dennis Quaid (Davidge) walks away from Jeri with a noticeable smirk, making a snorting noise consistent with trying to stifle laughter. This was actually the only take wherein Quaid didn't burst out laughing after the Mickey Mouse line, and his reaction was kept in order to make it clear that the scene is intended to be comedic and the bantering, while hostile, is meant to be friendly between the two. See more »

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Zammis speaks as if English is a second language. Being a member of an alien species, it's possible that he might appear to have an "accent" because of differences in his physical vocal structures. But his vocabulary and syntax should be the same as that of Willis Davidge, his only teacher. See more »

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Davidge: [opening narration] By late in the 21st century, the nations of the Earth were finally at peace, working together to explore and colonize the distant reaches of space. Unfortunately, we weren't alone out there. A race of non-human aliens called the Dracs were claiming squatters' rights to some of the richest star systems in the galaxy. Well, they weren't going to get it without a fight. Space was the new battleground. For many of us, Earth became a precious memory, light-years away....
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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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A Longtime Favorite
28 February 2003 | by Skybright_DayeSee all my reviews

Maybe I'm dating myself here, but this movie is more than just a movie for me -- it's a childhood memory. My dad (Who raised me on a steady diet of scifi) and I probably watched this movie eight times together before I turned nine, and so part of my love for it stems from the memory of those times together.

But "Enemy Mine" has a lot more going for it than just fond memories. Sure, the effects are pretty bad by *today's* standards (it was the 80's, 95% of Americans didn't even *have* personal computers yet, and by the standards of the day those effects were pretty darn impressive!) But the story of two people who were trained to be enemies slowly becoming not just friends, but brothers, rings true despite the passage of time. (As Jerry [Lou Gossett, Jr.] says, "Truth is truth.") Lou Gossett, Jr. and Dennis Quaid are delightful, as always. And the scenes of Davidge (Quaid) interacting with Jerry's "son" are priceless.

People tend to knock 80's movies, especially 80's scifi movies, as being frivolous, self-centered and silly (like the decade they came from). But "Enemy Mine" definitely doesn't deserve this fate. It is a well-acted, well-meaning movie with a message we could all benefit from listening to.

Skybright's Score: 7.5 out of 10


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Country:

USA | West Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,594,702, 22 December 1985

Gross USA:

$12,303,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,303,411
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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