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Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together ... See full summary »

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A soldier from Earth crash-lands 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 »


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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo mío  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,271,684 (USA)
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Trivia

Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down, preferring instead to develop his own project, which would eventually become Brazil (1985). See more »

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When the Drac is sitting by the camp fire reading from his book, we see the open book for a few seconds. The page on the right is the same page as the left just upside down. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: [learning to speak English for the first time] This is my right foot. This is my left foot... and this are both my feet.
Davidge: Yeah great
Jerry: Yeah great. This is my head.
Davidge: That is your ugly head.
Jerry: No, no. This is my head, that... you head, you ugly head.
[Starts to gutterall laugh]
Davidge: [Sarcastically] Ha... Ha
Jerry: That is "Dav-ich" ugly head
Davidge: Alright that's enough! If you keep that up and you can learn English all by yourself because I won't be your teacher anymore!
Jerry: Sorry. Dav-idge
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A Longtime Favorite
28 February 2003 | by (The Constant State of Confusion) – See 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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