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River Phoenix stars in this period drama about a young man, naive in some ways and worldly in others, who learns an important lesson about the nature of beauty. In the fall of 1963, Eddie Birdlace (River Phoenix) is an 18-year-old Marine Corps volunteer who is about to ship out with three of his buddies for a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Planning a massive blowout for their last night in San Francisco, Eddie, his buddies, and a number of other Marines set up a contest they call a "dog fight." Each man contributes $50 to the pot, and whoever can bring the ugliest date for their meeting that night at the bar wins the prize. Not having much luck finding a suitable contestant, Eddie finds a plain and slightly zaftig woman named Rose Feeney (Lili Taylor), who works in a coffeeshop and dreams of a career as a folk singer. Rose agrees to go out with Eddie, partly because she feels sorry for him, but as the evening wears on, Eddie finds himself growing fond of Rose and tries to worm his way out of taking her to the "party" he's told her so much about. When Rose learns the true nature of the contest, she is furious, not just for herself but for the other women who were cruelly and pointlessly humiliated; Eddie, severely chagrined, asks her out to dinner, hoping to somehow earn her forgiveness. Noted folk singer Holly Near appears as Rose's mother. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 1991

Cast

River Phoenix
as Eddie Birdlace
Lili Taylor
as Rose Fenney
Richard Panebianco
as Berzin
Anthony Clark
as Okie Buele
Mitchell Whitfield
as Benjamin
Holly Near
as Rose Sr.
Dale Carman
as Restaurant Maitre d'
Burke Pearson
as Waiter
Chris San Nicholas
as Dogfight Buddy
Sue Morales
as Ruth Two Bears
Christina Mastin
as Linda
Christopher Shaw
as Donavin
John Lacy
as Fector
Brian Gotta
as Dogfight Marine
Peg Phillips
as Older Cafe Customer
Neal Allen
as Sergeant Judge
Ron Lynch
as Lance Corporal Judge
Angie Utt
as Thrift Shop Woman
Julian Schembri
as Navy Bill
Barb Benedetti
as Alice
Ivars Mikelson
as Bob
Brendan Fraser
as 1st Sailor
Matt Skerritt
as 2nd Sailor
Dion Williams
as Older Brother on Bus
Jason Moore
as Younger Brother on Bus
Denise Williams
as Mother on Bus
Kristie Gamer
as Pretty Girl
Dave MacIntyre
as Bartender
Art Cahn
as Bar Owner
Bob Munns
as 50's Drinker
Jessica Wallenfells
as Arcade Girl
Bonnie Fox
as Arcade Hooker
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Crying Woman
Joseph Franklin
as Crying Customer
Frank Walters
as Newscaster
Jacob Luft
as Neighborhood Boy
Constance McCord
as Dogfight Waitress
Krisha Fairchild
as Truckstop Cook
Jillian Armenante
as Girl on Street
John Fry
as Marine on Bus
Kenneth Utt
as Thrift Shop Man
Elizabeth Daily
as Marcy
Krisha Fairchild
as Truckstop Cook
Jessica Wallenfells
as Arcade Girl
Matt Skerritt
as 2nd Sailor
Angie Utt
as Thrift Shop Woman
Art Cahn
as Bar Owner
Dale Carman
as Restaurant Maitre d'
Brendan Fraser
as 1st Sailor
Jacob Luft
as Neighborhood Boy
Peg Phillips
as Older Cafe Customer
Frank Walters
as Newscaster
Julian Schembri
as Navy Bill
Kenneth Utt
as Thrift Shop Man
Ron Lynch
as Lance Corporal Judge
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Crying Woman
Brian Gotta
as Dogfight Marine
John Fry
as Marine on Bus
Chris San Nicholas
as Dogfight Buddy
Bonnie Fox
as Arcade Hooker
Barb Benedetti
as Alice
Kristie Gamer
as Pretty Girl
Constance McCord
as Dogfight Waitress
Christopher Shaw
as Donavin
Jillian Armenante
as Girl on Street
Neal Allen
as Sergeant Judge
Christina Mastin
as Linda
John Lacy
as Fector
Ivars Mikelson
as Bob
Sue Morales
as Ruth Two Bears
Dave MacIntyre
as Bartender
Dion Williams
as Older Brother on Bus
Joseph Franklin
as Crying Customer
Denise Williams
as Mother on Bus
Burke Pearson
as Waiter
Jason Moore
as Younger Brother on Bus
Bob Munns
as 50's Drinker

Crew

Nancy Savoca
Director
Peter Newman
Producer
Richard Guay
Producer
Bob Comfort
Screenwriter
Bobby Bukowski
Cinematographer
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
John Tintori
Editor
Lester Cohen
Production Designer
Daniel Talpers
Art Director
Llewellyn Wells
Associate Producer
Cathleen Summers
Executive Producer
Jessica Lanier
Set Designer
Eugenie Bafaloukos
Costume Designer
Marion Dougherty
Casting
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