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Enemy Mine

"Enemies because they were taught to be. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be."

1985-12-12 Drama 1hr 48m

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

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A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

  • Released
    1985-12-12
  • Revenue
    $12,300,000
  • Budget
    $40,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 48m
  • Genre
    Drama, Science Fiction
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.8
  • Production
    Bavaria Film, SLM Production Group, Kings Road Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

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Edward Khmara
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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 3

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-09-12

**A very dated and unsatisfactory film, which carries a rather naive message about war and conflicts.** This is one of those films that p... read more

**A very dated and unsatisfactory film, which carries a rather naive message about war and conflicts.** This is one of those films that promises a lot when we read the synopsis, but ends up being disappointing: in its attempt to please different audiences, from sci-fi to drama and also action, it fails to satisfy anyone and I believe it was this feeling, more or less general, that led it straight to the oblivion bin where I found it. Released in the golden age of sci-fi, when the genre experienced a very notable development and popularity, the film has a relatively warm story and begins with a war between humans and a reptilian alien species called “drac”. We follow the combat between two spaceships in a remote part of the universe until they both crash on the same planet. From here on, in order to survive, both will have to collaborate with each other, which opens the door to dialogue and mutual understanding. I can understand what makes some people appreciate this film or want to see it: it has some good quality action that Wolfgang Petersen's solid direction emphasizes and enhances, and a script with a flowery and progressive message about prejudice and the importance of having a frank and open dialogue. That is, the film still comes in the aftermath of those ideas of peace and love from the 70s, where it seemed that all wars could end if there was a willingness to talk and understand whoever was on the opposite side. However, neither the script nor the director are flawless: the film is excessively slow and has a variable and inconstant rhythm, we feel that it wastes time with a sentimentality worthy of a soap opera and injects a lot of melodrama without any advantage, like those people who stay for ten minutes talking before getting to what matters. With all this, the action, although good, is scarce and does not justify the film for fans of a good space fight. And the message of peace underlying the script forgets that all wars begin due to conflicts of interest, not exactly due to a lack of dialogue and mutual prejudices: I can understand my enemy very well and think that war is horrible, but decide to fight anyway if consider that I have a good chance of winning and, thus, have access to an advantage or gain that I would not be able to obtain otherwise. Despite Dennis Quaid's sound and fame, the best actor in the film is Louis Gossett Jr., in an alien costume. The actor is not brilliant, he is average, but he manages to be incredible in the role, especially when he has an immature and charisma-free scoundrel like Quaid at his side. I've seen a few movies with him, and what he does here is essentially overact it and look stupid. Brion James deserves an honorable mention for the skillful villain he brought to life, but he adds little to the film. Technically, it fits into the broad spectrum of mid-budget sci-fi films from the 80s: we have decent enough cinematography and some creatively invented aliens, to which must be added some good special effects. The general appearance is old: it is a visually very dated film and the sets and costumes, although effective, are unable to appear realistic. The sound isn't bad, but the soundtrack doesn't do much for the overall work.

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A Review by Filipe Manuel Neto

**A very dated and unsatisfactory film, which carries a rather naive message about war and conflicts.** This is one of those films that promises a lot when we read the synopsis, but ends up being disappointing: in its attempt to please d...

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 3

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-09-12

**A very dated and unsatisfactory film, which carries a rather naive message about war and conflicts.** This is one of those films that promises a lot when we read the synopsis, but ends up being d...

read more