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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Enemies because they were taught to be. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$4,271,684
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original budget was only seventeen million dollars at the start of the production when Richard Loncraine was the director and production was set in Iceland. When he was fired from the project and Wolfgang Petersen took over the film and started over, the film's final budget, including Loncraine's scrapped footage, ballooned to over forty million dollars. See more »

Goofs

Young Zammis learns English as its native tongue, but speaks with an alien accent. There should be no accent except for the generic American English one with which it grew up learning to speak. 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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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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Agreeable and honest space-opera with enjoyable performance by Luis Gossett Jr.
29 October 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This outer space-opera buddy movie deals about earthlings and aliens facing a fierce fight . Two futuristic contenders a Draconian(Louis Gossett Jr) and a human(Dennis Quaid) dogfighting over the skies in their aircrafts .When the mortal space enemies are gunned down, they are stranded together into a faraway barren planet. They're forced to become friends and rely on one another in order to survive. The enemies, earthman and reptilian alien survive on hostile world facing enslavers foes(usual nasty Brion James).

This warmhearted Sci-Fi story packs noisy action, intrigue, space battles and good feeling . The cuddly story relies heavily on the continued relationship the two protagonists, however is quite amusing. Sensational and perceptible acting by Louis Gossett in spite of the mask and makeup by Chris Wallas(The fly), furthermore he must speak with purring. Spectacular production design by Rolf Zehelbauer(Cabaret, Odessa file, and he's Fassbinder's usual). Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Tony Imi. Wonderful music score by Maurice Jarre, though uses synthesizer, he's a classic musician and habitual of David Lean(Laurence of Arabia,Dr. Zhivago,Ryan's daughter). The motion picture is directed with sensibility by Wolfgang Petersen , a German working in Hollywood who achieved many hits, before(Das boot,Neverending story), like after( Troy, Perfect storm,Airforce one,Outbreak). Rating: Good, above average.


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