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Dogfight (1991)

River Phoenix , Lili Taylor , Nancy Savoca  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Richard Panebianco, Anthony Clark, Mitchell Whitfield
  • Directors: Nancy Savoca
  • Writers: Bob Comfort
  • Producers: Cathleen Summers, Craigry Price Shell, Llewellyn Wells, Peter Newman, Richard Guay
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085OY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dogfight" on IMDb

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Four young Marines compete to see who can find the homliest date.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, jarring June 14, 2006
By Theresa
Format:DVD
The story itself is pretty simple, but the execution of the story is what makes Dogfight a very lovely film. I think the actors did a great job conveying the awkwardness of what falling in love is all about. While Lili Taylor is not ugly at all, I like the idea of an "ugly girl" getting the guy without changing herself. She stayed true to herself until the very end. Speaking of which: The ending, in my opinion, is one of the most perfect endings I've seen for a movie - hands down. I don't really have much else to add except to say that Dogfight is a gripping love story and you will think about it long after the film is over. Dogfight is really well done and I hope that more people discover/experience it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing September 13, 2004
By Leah
Format:DVD
I am on a crusade to make sure as many people as possible see this film. It is unusual, funny, brilliantly acted and just beautiful. You dont get acting like this anymore and after watching this movie I am sure you'll agree that all other "teen" type movies fall so far short and seem almost contrived.

I just can get enough of this movie. River Phoenix is sadly no longer with us but you just want more of him as the Character Birdlace and more of Lili Taylor as Rose. BUY IT AND WATCH IT!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Unconventional Love Story August 21, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's amazing how the studios can market dross to the public yet can't sell an endearing picture like "Dogfight". If I recall correctly, this picture didn't even run theatrically in Philly. This film is in essence a love story and the two principals, River Phoenix and Lili Taylor are most appealing and believable. There are other themes that run throughout this film. It serves as an expose of machismo in it's most phony and cruel forms. There is also a pacifistic message that runs through it with the nascent conflict in Vietnam in the background. Director Nancy Savoca weaves these themes passionately into the narrative but doesn't bludgeon the point. See this film for the heartbreaking final scene for nothing else. This film serves as a good epitaph for the tragically short-lived Phoenix. Look close for Brendan Fraser as a sailor.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars River Phoenix in his prime. September 19, 2006
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This movie is very simple, and unique. It's the kind of love story which you really believe in while you're watching because it doesn't feel phony. This can be credited to the acting, the situation, and the plot as well. This isn't about a man falling madly in love with a beautiful woman and then spending his life missing her. That's all been done, and that's what makes this film a breath of fresh air. River Phoenix shows why he is missed by so many, and really allows you to connect with his character. I recomend this to anyone who wants to see love put to true art, and be touched at the same time.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Your Breath Away December 26, 2003
By nina
Format:DVD
This film is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed a lot of River's roles but none like the lovesick marine he plays in Dogfight. He and Lili Taylor have excellent chemistry that makes this the perfect date film.
The film starts with Eddie Birdlace AKA Birdlegs ( Phoenix ) reminiscing about the night before he left for the Vietnam war. We learn about his three marine friends who help him form the Four B's. The last night before they leave they embark on a traditional girl hunt called " Dogfight ". The object is to find the ugliest woman you can find and bring her to the marine's dance so she can be judged on. If your date is the ugliest, you win money. Sounds cruel? Well it is. Anyway, Eddie finds quiet, innocent slightly plump and unique-looking Rose ( Lili Taylor ) at her mother's diner. He's attracted to her singing more than her figure. He ropes her into accepting his invitation to the dogfight. Seeing how Rose doesn't have many dates she jumps at the chance to be with the handsome marine. At the dance Rose learns of the horrible reason Eddie invited her. Eddie makes it his mission of the night to apologize. By this time he really likes her. She allows him to take her for a night on the town in which the two fall hopelessly in love. They end the night very romantically and Eddie leaves to hook up with the other B's so they can leave for the war.
This movie is one of the most touching I have ever seen. It drug out many emotions. I was angry at how cruel Eddie could be, but at the same time I felt sorry for him. I realized he didn't know any better. The turning point was how Rose was able to show him that his faults may not have been visible as hers, but were actually worse. The acting was wonderful. Lili and River did a great job and they fit the parts beautifully.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By shag
Format:VHS Tape
First i'd like to say - Nancy Savoca -Where are U !!......I see the world thru your eyes !! I loved your film True Love and - now just like a few comments I've been reading ..I too, stubbled on to this gem of a film while channel surfing one day ..an I highly reccommend it . It is a brilliant and unique love story -and wonderfully acted by Rivers and Taylor..I also had great time watching the supporting cast especially the - 'dogfight women'-

The actress who play the snag-a-tooth , broke my heart ...

.I keep thanking God for putting the idea for this film into someone's head and somehow it got made ..It really won't matter if this film made it at the box office - word of mouth and time will prove the genius of this film - people aren't stupid and they know quality when its there. This film will find - if it has'nt already, a huge dvd - home theater audience.

I still have to scratch my head and wonder why this film is so hard to find - i had to order it -

More film like this should be features on a wider release This is why I rarely go to the movies anymore - I no longer wish to pay 11.00+ dollars to see rappers and foul mouth comedians act out lame scripts , listen to deafening sound effects blasting and separting my eardrums, or looking at creepy CGI effects. When a movie comes out and its suppose to be a big blockbustr - I usually go the other way .

My friends and I would rather take a shower, pick up some fried chicken. ice tea. and fresh fruit , grab a floor cushion and watch Dogfight and True Love back to back , over and over ...

Plz Buy this film - hardly anyone rents it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome movie.
Published 10 days ago by poolhalljunkyy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fine
Published 22 days ago by virgilio e. hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. I have watched this many times over ...
Great movie. I have watched this many times over the years.
Published 1 month ago by Kristin Madison
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Brilliant, Understated Gem -- SEE THIS FILM !!
So sweet and understated, yet so poignant and powerful. This is such a rare gem of a film, with two young lead actors working near the very top of their game. Read more
Published 1 month ago by slayde222
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
This movie was adorable! I got it mainly for River Phoenix but it was very good! The only thing i didn't like was the end.
Published 2 months ago by Callie Kleeb
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful film
Dogfight is a rare find in that in the course of 93 or so minutes it paints a picture of innocence, awkwardness, and the reality of love in strange places in the most subtle ways. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kayla Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!!
one of my top 5 movies. great casting, screen play, and sounds track.
Published 2 months ago by winnie
5.0 out of 5 stars great transaction!
For those of you who haven't seen this movie....DO! It's a 'sleeper' and probably has achieved 'cult' status--or should have if it hasn't. Read more
Published 3 months ago by janet kay shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old
One of the best little movies about the 1960s. Slice of life of regular people in San Fransisco the day before JFK is killed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lorelei
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
God, I miss River Phoenix. What a tragedy that he died so young.
This movie is a sweet love story. I saw it years ago, and every so often I'd think about it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristi Cramer
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