Dogfight

1991

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82% · 22 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.3/10 10 9992 10K

Director

Top cast

Brendan Fraser as Sailor #1
River Phoenix as Eddie Birdlace
Elizabeth Daily as Marcie
Lili Taylor as Rose
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861.75 MB
1280*690
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 24
1.56 GB
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English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
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859.67 MB
1280*694
English 2.0
R
29.97 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 4
1.56 GB
1920*1040
English 2.0
R
29.97 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ptb-8 8 / 10

Buster and Billie #2

This exceptionally effective and satisfying drama is a simple masterpiece in writing and acting skills. Overlooked and unappreciated when first released DOGFIGHT seemed to be belatedly discovered after River Phoenix died and viewers curious to see more of his better work found this pic on video. A DVD with extras and interviews would be great to see. Director Nancy Savoca sadly has only really added her talents to bad TV shows and has never bettered herself over this film. The title refers to a cruel contest between insensitive (or de sensitised) young marines to date a dog (plain girl) for the night. Lili Taylor is the catch for Phoenix and her acting and presence is a great match for him. A lot like the 70s film BUSTER AND BILLIE where Jan Michael Vincent fell for the town "slut" when he realised there was a real person underneath DOGFIGHT is an emotional discovery well worth your pursuit. Young Brendan Fraser appears briefly.

Reviewed by ferbs54 8 / 10

May The Best Gal Win....

No, this isn't the Michael Vick biography, nor is it a tale of aerial combat during World War I. Rather, what "Dogfight" gives us is the story of a group of Marines who, in 1963 San Francisco, engage in a contest to see who can bring the ugliest girl to a party. River Phoenix, playing Cpl. Eddie Birdlace, chooses plain-looking waitress Rose Fenny in his bid for the prize money, but when Rose learns what is going on, the callous "jarhead" finds out that there's a lot more beneath that homely surface than he could have ever imagined.... I originally rented this one out after reading an article about it in Danny Peary's fun book "Alternate Oscars," in which he makes the case for Lili Taylor being more deserving of the 1991 Best Actress award than Jodie Foster, who won that year for "The Silence of the Lambs." Though I personally feel that Mimi Rogers should have won that dubious honor in '91 for her startling performance in "The Rapture," I must admit that Taylor does some very impressive work here as the surprisingly resilient, sweet, spunky and charming Rose, a supposedly ugly duckling who even the chauvinistic and foul-mouthed Eddie comes to realize is a blessing in his life. Phoenix impresses here also, letting us see the inner-core decency buried deep beneath the Marine bravado. Featuring a terrific soundtrack largely composed of early '60s folk songs (with a particularly fine use of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright") and sensitive direction by Nancy Savoca, "Dogfight" is a sweet little film that is certainly well worth any viewer's time. How wonderful it is to see Rose blossom by the film's end! And her statement "I don't think it's fair to prejudge people on how they look or how they're dressed" is one that it would be well to remember. I cannot imagine anyone not being charmed by this overlooked little winner, and recommend it wholeheartedly to all IMDb viewers.

Reviewed by caspian1978 8 / 10

One of River's best

Dogfight captured California in the early 60's wonderfully. A pre Vietnam, pre Bob Dylan, pre make love not war, Dogfight is a beautiful story of innocence lost and innocence found. The ending alone makes you hold onto your breath as the credits role. Also, keep your eyes open for an early cameo appearance of Brandon Frazier.

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