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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

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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$12,303,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,303,411
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from 2092-2095. When Davidge is rescued from Fyrine IV and brought to sickbay, his record shows he was declared Missing In Action (MIA) and presumed dead on July 11, 2092, and was found on Fyrine IV on September 6, 2095. 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 »

Quotes

Davidge: Where would you be without me, huh?
Jerry: Back home.
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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 Story of Friendship, Love and Cross-Species Adoption
3 September 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Wolfgang Petersen (acclaimed director of "Das Boot" and many others) brings us the story of a future where Earth no longer battles itself, but must fight other entities (the Dracs) in order to get resources from unclaimed planets. After one dogfight, a human and Drac land on the same planet and aren't sure whether to help or destroy each other.

The casting of this film was by far the best part. Science fiction films in general often suffer because they are harder for an audience to believe and accept. But Louis Gossett Jr. and Dennis Quaid are both actors who are able to make anything seem plausible. Gossett is particularly amazing, going so far as to manipulate his speech and appearance to the point of being unrecognizable. I will say that any actor who does well when we can't even tell it's him is a man to be respected.

There are some flaws with the film. I, for one, found it unusual that a peace-loving Earth would be so quick to fight other aliens, rather than pursue some diplomatic relationship. But I guess I shouldn't assume humans are logical. I shared a concern with Roger Ebert, who said that the film "gives us an alien that is too human, too familiar. It takes that amazing planet and gives it food, water, gravity and atmosphere that are suitable for both humans and Dracs... Why couldn't the Drac be truly alien in this film?" I don't mind that the planet was an M-class planet, but I did find it sad the alien was so humanoid in nature, particularly after they explicitly stated there's nothing human about them. Ebert, in his review, actually goes on about this concern for some time, referencing other science fiction stories (which I will not do here).

Ebert also ponders, "As the slavers stood over their captives with whips, I found myself wondering how cost-effective it would be to transport manual laborers millions of light years. Surely a technology capable of arriving at the planet Fyrine IV would have figured out a better way to mine its ores?" I guess he thinks about this sort of thing far more than I do, as I had no real problem with the slave traders or any of the subplots. The film was a "buddy film" at heart, and a commentary on racism. But it was also an action film, and any good action film requires some senseless fight scenes and killing. Action movies are generally not Oscar-worthy in their writing, but that's because they cater to the primal urges and not the mind, which isn't always a bad thing.

Ebert's last concern is that this "is a movie that made no compromises in its art direction, its special effects and its performances - and then compromised everything else in sight." I have already addressed why the action scenes work for me. And yes, I suppose their was a cheesiness to raising an alien child to like American football. But this wasn't an Asimov or Crichton science-rich story -- it was a fun story. And it was a 1980s film, for goodness sakes.

He is right about the art direction and everything he praises. The directing, acting and scenery were amazing. I forget where this was filmed, but it serves very well as an alien landscape. My only bother with the art was that I felt the film had a bit much influence from "Star Wars". I know this is a film from the same era, so it's hard not to be influenced. But there is a creature that is very much like a Sarlacc, and the spacecraft shown in this film had George Lucas written all over them. Maybe I'm just picky, though.

All in all, i really enjoyed this film. It was at a good pace, it had great acting from two of the better performers out there, and it comes from Petersen, who refuses to make low-quality pictures. Ebert might be overly concerned with the technical aspects of this universe, but for all the shortcomings this film had in that regard, it more than made up for with sheer pleasure.


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