Enemy Mine

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Overview

Love means never having to say that you're ugly in the extravagant fantasy film Enemy Mine. Earthling Dennis Quaid is Davidge, one of many space warriors engaged in a bloody extraterrestrial battle against the Draconians. Crash-landing on a faraway planet, Davidge is forced into an "up close and personal" with the Drac Lou Gossett Jr., a repellant, reptilian creature. Evidently a bivalve, the Drac gives birth to a baby Drac just before expiring. Now a reluctant foster father, Davidge tries to keep himself and the...
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Overview

Love means never having to say that you're ugly in the extravagant fantasy film Enemy Mine. Earthling Dennis Quaid is Davidge, one of many space warriors engaged in a bloody extraterrestrial battle against the Draconians. Crash-landing on a faraway planet, Davidge is forced into an "up close and personal" with the Drac Lou Gossett Jr., a repellant, reptilian creature. Evidently a bivalve, the Drac gives birth to a baby Drac just before expiring. Now a reluctant foster father, Davidge tries to keep himself and the baby alive while the war continues to rage all around them. The special effects courtesy Industrial Light and Magic are serviceable if not brilliant, and the acting is okay so far as it goes. What socks over Enemy Mine is Rolf Zehetbauer's awe-inspiring production design and Chris Walas' superb makeup work. Though a favorite on home video, the film deserves to be seen on a wide theatre screen.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An intergalactic take on such previous efforts as John Boorman's Hell in the Pacific (1968), Enemy Mine translates that film's themes of xenophobia and cross-cultural misinterpretation to the outer reaches of the universe with effective results. Though the familiar story has been told before, the decision to strand the two protagonists on a distant planet (a tactic frequently used by Rod Serling to address pressing social issues in The Twilight Zone) removes them far enough from a sense of reality that the issue of resolving differences, not the differences themselves, takes precedence. In this sense, Enemy Mine is a rare and unique example of science fiction being used as a means to ponder humans' relations to each other and the universe, rather than a springboard to the now overly familiar aliens-versus-humans approach. Even if the concept behind the film isn't entirely original, it can be forgiven for its efforts because of a pair of memorable performances by Louis Gossett Jr. and Dennis Quaid. Both actors inject their character with just enough emotional drive and self-centeredness that the discovery of their similarities rings true without excess sentimentality. An unexpected revelation at the film's midpoint drives this point home effectively, obliterating not only the questions of species identity, but also gender identity. A familiar saying states that if humans cannot live together, they will surely die together; Enemy Mine's optimistic coda suggests that not only can humans live together, they can move further to become one despite their differences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1997
  • UPC: 086162149238
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Davidge
Louis Gossett Jr. Drac
Brion James Stubbs
Richard Marcus Arnold
Carolyn McCormick Morse
Bumper Robinson Zammis
Wise Guy Danmar
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Andy Geer Bates
Charly Huber Kranzer
Balog Menyert Mills
Lou Michaels Wilson
Tony Moore Upfront Drac
Doug Robinson Walker
Kevin Taylor Special Drac
Jim Mapp Old Drac
Lance Kerwin Wooster
Scott Kraft Jonathan
Henry Stolow Cates
Herb Andress Hopper
Mandy Hausenberger Medic
Emily Woods Simpson
Barry Stokes Huck
Colin Gilder Chavo
Ulrich Gunther Daggett
Frank Henson Lump
Jazzer Jeyes Scarbreath
Mark McBride Hensler
Jack Luceno Drac Movement
Peter Jurasik
Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director
Werner Achmann Art Director
Monika Bauert Costumes/Costume Designer
Milan Bor Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Friedman Producer
Martin Grace Stunts
Tony Imi Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Edward Khmara Screenwriter
Bob MacDonald Jr. Special Effects
Hannes Nikel Editor
Stanley O'Toole Executive Producer
Daniel Parker Makeup
Herbert Strabel Art Director
Chris Walas Special Effects
Rolf Zehetbauer Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Insightful to human nature

    While the movie initially grabs you as typical purely sci-fi space movie(space man gets stranded on foreign planet hides from aliens ) it develops into a much deeper story about the nature of prejudices (not in your face heavy). Both actors were believable -- Dennis Quaid just like any young soldier gone to war. Lou Gosset Jr -- touching performance. Nice effects and staging. No gratuitous'action'/dialogue just to stretch the film time.

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