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Enemy Mine [1985] (1 disc)
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Director:Wolfgang Petersen
Writer:Edward Khmara
Composer:Maurice Jarre
Length:108 minutes
(1 hour 48 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Willis Davidge crashes on an uninhabited planet with an alien pilot whose species is currently in the middle of a violent war with humans.

Reaction: One of the best-told stories I've seen on film. Real conflict and real emotion drives this film, despite the '80s effects appearing a little dated by today's standards.

Personal Rating: 10/10

"Earth maaaan! Your Mickey Mouse is one stupid dope!"

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Wolfgang Petersen => Director
Edward Khmara => Writer
Maurice Jarre => Composer
Barry Longyear => Original Story
Brion James => Stubbs
Bumper Robinson => Zammis
Carolyn McCormick => Morse
Colin Gilder => Chavo
Dennis Quaid => Willis Davidge
Herb Andress => Hopper
Jim Mapp => Old Drac
Lance Kerwin => Joey Wooster
Louis Gossett Jr. => Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan
Richard Marcus => Arnold

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The pond where Davidge and Sheegan meet for the first time is the same artificial pond custom-built for the model submarine scenes of Das Boot, also directed by Wolfgang Petersen, as well as one or two scenes from Die unendliche Geschichte, also a Petersen film.
  • David Lynch was one of the directors considered.
  • To make a corridor look longer than it actually was, the crew created an optical illusion by putting a mirror in a 45 angle at the end of it. At the Bavaria Filmstudios, where the movie has been filmed, you can still take a guided tour around the set. The effect with the mirror was so good that one day a tour guide ran into the glass and broke it.
  • [?] Richard Loncraine was the original director of the film, but was replaced by Wolfgang Petersen.
  • Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down, preferring instead to develop his own project, which would eventually become Brazil.
  • During the opening battle sequence, the computer screen inside the Drac ship is actually displaying the structure of a protein.
  • Author Barry Longyear reported at a convention that the studio insisted on adding a subplot involving a mine, the studio thinking the audience would not realize that the "Mine" in the title was a possessive rather than an object.
  • Louis Gossett Jr. said in a TV interview that he had talked while gargling saliva as a kid as one of those kid things. He told the director that he thought that it would add a good touch to his character.
  • The film was re-shot completely after the production suffered creative differences between the producers and the first director which caused the film to go over budget and to be delayed for almost a year.