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Enemy Mine

Enemy MMine is a friendship story [by Barry Longyear] between two disparate personalities carried to extreme lengths. It may be a long way to go to a distant sun system to get to a familiar place, but the $33 million project is largely successful in establishing a satisfying bond.

With:
Dennis Quaid Louis Gossett Jr Brion James Richard Marcus Carolyn McCormick Bumper Robinson

Enemy MMine is a friendship story [by Barry Longyear] between two disparate personalities carried to extreme lengths. It may be a long way to go to a distant sun system to get to a familiar place, but the $33 million project is largely successful in establishing a satisfying bond.

Story is set up by a kind of videogame battle between the Earth forces and the war- ring Dracs from the distant planet of Dracon. Space pilot Willis Davidge (Dennis Quaid) goes down with a Drac ship and is the only survivor on a desolate planet. His initial response to the half-human, half-reptilian is inbred hatred, distrust and combativeness, all recognizable human triggers.

Hostility soon gives way to a common goal – survival. Davidge and the Drac (Louis Gossett Jr) peel away their outer layers and reveal two similar beings. It’s an anthropomorphic view of life but touching nonetheless.

Enemy Mine

Production: Kings Road/20th Century-Fox. Director Wolfgang Petersen; Producer Stephen Friedman; Screenplay Edward Khmara; Camera Tony Imi; Editor Hannes Nikel; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Rolf Zehetbauer

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: Dennis Quaid Louis Gossett Jr Brion James Richard Marcus Carolyn McCormick Bumper Robinson

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