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Enemy Mine

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In this visually stunning sci-fi adventure, two warriors engaged in a savage, futuristic war between Earth and the planet Dracon. Crash-land on a desolate, fiery planet. At first, the human, (Dennis Quaid) and his reptilian, alien opponent (Louis Gossett, JR) are intent on destroying each other, the two stranded pilots gradually realize that the only way either of them will survive is to overcome their undying hatred.

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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus, Carolyn McCormick
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Barry Longyear, Edward Khmara
  • Producers: Stanley O'Toole, Stephen J. Friedman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Enemy Mine" on IMDb

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By Anthony Hinde on May 7, 2000
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Adapted from Barry B Longyear's novella, "Enemy Mine" could almost be a stage play. Only two actors at a time take up the majority of screen time. The sets could be taken out of the original Lost in Space studio lot and there's not enough action to keep most kids interested. Despite this, the film is terrific. It's one of those rare stories that concentrate on the subtle interaction between the characters while taking them on a moral journey.

Have I put any of the Sci-Fi geeks off their breakfast yet? Well okay, this is a science fiction movie. But it didn't have to be. The story throws two indelible enemies together, on a desolate and dangerous planet. After trying to continue their struggle, a truce is eventually called as they both realise cooperation is necessary for their survival. Despite their common need, differences in culture, politics and religion continue to wear on their partnership. And it is this constant friction which works to build their bond, almost against their will.

Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr play the two characters I've described. They are Davidge, (a human soldier), and Jerry, (a Draco soldier). Their respective names are those used for convenience, given their lack of ability in each other's language. At the start, neither speaks anything but swearwords in the enemy's tongue. Naturally, this adds another layer of tension to the situation.

I've always liked Denis Quaid's acting. He is very likeable in all of his films but in Enemy Mine we see a lot more depth of pain and caring than he usually portrays. Louis Gosset Jr however, is the true star of the film. He does a superb job of conveying his alien essence.
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As the movie opens the viewer is confronted by two very surprising things. The first is the name of the director, Wolfgang Peterson. It would be the German Director's first movie for the American mainstream audience and undoubtedly his best to date. The second thing is the gross inclusion of gratuitous Analog Special effects, which might make this movie one of the last films to include effects on this level. Blade Runner strictly used Analog Special Effects, but did far greater things with them. These two things, viewed in today's world, might turn off a few viewers, but the best thing I can offer up: is to stick with it.

However, both those things aside, the film, very rightly and very appropriately, gets to the story quickly and it is the story that makes this one of the best science-fiction movies of the `80's decade.

Enemy Mine is an incredibly touching film about perceived differences between two warring species, but speaks to the larger issue of race and all people. That's a pretty hefty order for sure to address successfully in film, but the story hails from a period of writing where moralist intent seeped into most writing, deftly, and was the norm. Barry Longyear stands firmly beside such Science-Fiction greats as Philip K. Dick, Gene Rodenberry and Walter Tevis.

I have fond memories of watching this film as a boy and can hardly forget Louis Gossett Jnr.'s much quotable: "Daaahweeech." The final scene is also very moving and very thought provoking for anyone who wonders why we, as a people, do not go to greater lengths in establishing our lineage. But, it's probably true for all of us that we all have some family members that are worthy of forgetting.
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This is such a great, yet highly under-rated sci-fi drama. Louis Gossett, Jr. is excellent as the alien and Dennis Quaid's performance is moving and extremely convincing. Sworn enemies, humans and this strange and highly mis-understood race of aliens (Draconians) are at constant war. When Quaid & Gossett end up shooting each other out of the sky and falling onto an uninhabited planet, they are forced to find common ground in order to survive. While they first attempt to kill one another, they gradually become reluctant friends and eventually blood brothers. Draconians are a very different species and there are no gender differences, so all Draconians experience child birth. When Gossett's character finds himself with child, a new dynamic is thrown into the story that shows the extent to which Quaid will go for his new best friend. The scenes to follow are moving and tender. Still sci-fi, but not a Terminator meets the Alien type of film. Not your typical sci-fi, but fabulous nonetheless. Why this isn't available on DVD is beyond me.
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Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. give bravura performances as mortal enemies, one human, one saurian, marooned on a desolate planet where their survival depends on overcoming their deep-seated prejudices. Overcome them they do, in fascinating fashion that neatly balances character study and survival epic, with jiggers of theology, humor and action thrown into the mix. At the movie's heart is the evolving friendship of Quaid and Gossett, as their enmity slowly gives way to mutual respect for each other's cultures and beliefs. It's a wondrous thing to watch. Unfortunately, the film's second half - sans Gossett - falters considerably, introducing cardboard villainy, transparent moralizing, routine action and the very painful sight of Quaid teaching Gossett's lizard son how to play football.
Quaid is at his cocky best as Davidge, a hot-shot, all-American pilot who wears his machismo on his sleeve until Gossett's spirituality brings out his true humanity. All but unrecognizable underneath Chris Walas's amazing make-up, Gossett is marvelous as the reptilian Drac character, a deeply religious male/female hybrid. The scenes with an ecstatically pregnant Gossett embracing his maternal instincts, much to Quaid's incredulity, are funny and poignant.
Not your standard sci-fi fare, and more power to it. Enthusiastically recommended.
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