Enemy Mine 1985

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An Earthman (Dennis Quaid) and his alien enemy (Lou Gossett Jnr) both find themselves stranded on the hostile planet Fyrine IV. The two enemies quickly find that they must join forces to survive and in doing so discover that the other is not the evil monster they were brought up to believe.

Starring:
Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Enemy Mine

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Genres Science Fiction
Director Wolfgang Petersen
Starring Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James
Supporting actors Richard Marcus, Dennis Quaid
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
I hate being nostalgic about movies, but I do remember a time when imagination was evident in every part of a production, when film posters were dynamic, visceral and iconic, when films looked like they were shot on film and not an HD camera with a sunset tint, when scores were done by orchestras instead of synthesizers and death metal guitars and, most important of all, when the lack of CGI technology forced the filmmakers into achieving visual effects through more practical means. The 1980s were filled with such movies and, looking back, I am glad that I grew up in that decade. Children now are exposed to altogether soulless movies.

Set in the late 21st Century, Enemy Mine has humans reaching out into the depths of space after achieving world peace. But a rival species, the alien race of the Drax, don't take to kindly to humans poking about the galaxy and an interstellar war kicks off. A human pilot (Dennis Quaid) and a lone Drac (Louis Gossett Jnr.) crash land on a remote desert planet and learn, the hard way, to stick together if they want to survive. Despite their ultimate conflict they discover that they are not all that different from each other and neither yet both are to blame for the war.

Enemy Mine suffered from severe problems during production. Apparently the original director, Richard Longcraine (Wimbledon, Richard III), shot the entire film on location in Iceland before being replaced by Wolfgang Petersen who re-shot the whole film all over again but changed the story somewhat in the process. So, in reality, there are two completely different versions of Enemy Mine. One which was released into cinemas that has become a classic in its own right and another that only exists in the vaults of Twentieth Century Fox. I would love to see this alternate cut.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Page on 5 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
This is a quality Science fiction film, starring Dennis Quaid and a virtually unrecognisable Louis Gosset Jr. Set in the middle of a war between earth and a lizard like alien race. Quaid and Gosset Jr crash land on an uninhabited alien world, at first filled with hate for each other, slowley they realise that cooperation equals survival.
This is engrosing stuff with strong racial undertones. Well sripted the chemistry between Quaid and Gosset Jr makes the film work. The special effects are a mixed bag the space shots are very dated now, but the make up on Gosset Jr is outstanding.
Its not all action but its very entertaining and heart felt. The special features are a bit limited, theres a trailer and an extended scene, but the film is good enough to carry it and is well recommended.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Epsilon on 24 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It is always curious that science-fiction, a genre which demands the greatest special effects of any, often manages to be the most tactful and intimate. The visual bombast of future worlds and technology fails to swamp the tender statements about the human condition.
"Enemy Mine" meets both the criteria of superior science fiction: technological and spiritual potency. Yet it has failed to recieve the attention it deserves. Humanity is at war with an alien race and no one hates the reptilian rascals more than Dennis Quaid. That is until he finds himself stranded on a planet with his only company being, yes, you guessed it, a member of said alien species.
The inital fighting subsides as the two have to set aside their differences, survival on the inhospitable planet demanding teamwork. It is the burgeoning relationship between these two different characters that provides the emotional core of the film, both must overcome prejudice and learn to accept the other. They soon discover that their mutual hatred is based on misconceptions, their war, no longer justified.
Superb alien make-up and some nice planetary set-pieces assist in realising the future portrayed. The allegory of racial conflict and the need for tolerance lends the piece contemporary relevance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lazaros K. on 16 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
A sci-fi movie is,more often than not,a multi-task endeavour.The viewer expects action,cliffhangers,special effects,drama,solid script,sound dialogue,good acting,and,if possible, an ending that will make your heart sing.
Rarely,yet,is high morality expected,or provided as such.
When I saw the movie I was stunned to find out that it was an "all in one" package.
Apart from the fact that it is ,indeed,a very good sci-fi film,it is possibly one of the most anti-racist and high morality movies I have ever seen.
It is a great pity that such pleasures are,nowadays,a very rare treat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
Being in a mood for science fiction, I settled in to watch Enemy Mine as it opened with a good old-fashioned space battle, never imagining I would be moved to tears more than once before this most unexpectedly heart-touching film came to an end. I don't think I've shed a science-fiction related tear since E.T., but Enemy Mine is just an indescribably beautiful and moving film. Heck, I think I even like Dennis Quaid now, but Lou Gossett, Jr., turned in an even more remarkable performance than Quaid. The man should have been nominated for an Oscar, in my opinion.

As I alluded to already, this futuristic film opens in a time of war. Humans may have achieved peace on earth by 2092, but their competition with the reptilian Drac race over colonization of a certain galaxy has erupted into full-scale interstellar war. Willis Davidge (Dennis Quaid) is a human fighter pilot who ends up crash landing on an alien planet - as does the Drac fighter he was determined to shoot down. Relatively uninjured by the crash, Davidge heads off toward the smoke of the alien vessel's wreckage; he is sure that the enemy's ejection pod must have landed somewhere nearby. His attempt to kill the Drac goes awry, however, resulting in his capture. The harsh circumstances of life on the barren world somehow conspire to keep these two mortal enemies from killing one another, and their relationship of captor and slave gradually grows into a bond of mutual cooperation and ultimately a deep and abiding friendship. Luckily for us, Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.) learns English much more quickly than Davidge learns Drac.
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