Dogfight (1991) USA 1991 92 minutes. Directed by Nancy Savoca.
- River Phoenix - Eddie Birdlace
- Lili Taylor - Rose Fenny
- Richard Panebianco - Berzin
- Anthony Clark - Oakie
- Mitchell Whitfield - Benjamin
- Holly Near (I) - Rose Sr.
- Elizabeth Daily - Marcie (as E.G. Daily)
- Sue Morales - Ruth Two Bears
- Christina Mastin - Linda
San Francisco, November 1963. The night before they leave for Vietnam, 4 young
Marines calling themselves the 4 Bees (or B's), play again at
their favorite game, the "dogfight" : the one who brings back
the ugliest girl of the party wins the stake.
unfortunate quest, Eddie Birdlace invites a waitress who's
not as bad-looking as he would have liked. On the way to the
party, she reveals herself being a music fan, an idealistic
girl, and Eddie starts to hesitate about playing that mean game
During the night she finds out the real reason of his
invitation and leaves. He goes back to her house to invite her
for a real dinner in the nicest restaurant he can find. She has
to smooth over his bad temper because he wants so much the night
to be perfect that he gets obnoxious with other people.
They eventually have a pleasant evening, and spend the night
together. When the morning comes, Rose gives Eddie her address,
not really expecting he would write her from Vietnam. Eddie
joins his pals, who have gotten tattooes of bees during a wilder
night than his own, to celebrate their friendship. Instead of
telling them the truth, he makes up a brattish lie about a
night spent with an officer's wife. His best friend knows the
truth but they make a deal about not telling the others that
they're both liars, as the rest of the world anyway. Eddie
throws away Rose's address.
Vietnam : in a couple of seconds, a
quiet day turns into hell for the 4 B's.
Later : Eddie comes
back to San Francisco, now full of hippies and where his uniform
is not quite welcome. He has 4 bees tattooed on his arm. Rose
owns the restaurant by now and they get together, both older and
According to director Nancy Savoca, the producers were
not completely satisfied with the movie as it is when they saw
it, and she was asked to change the ending scenes to make it
more commercial. She refused to shoot a new version of these
scenes, which wouldn't stop the producers who intended to make
it filmed by someone else. But both Lili Taylor and River
Phoenix refused to shoot additional scenes if they were not
directed by Nancy Savoca herself, and so the movie was kept as
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