Taglines: Enemies because they were taught to be. Survivors because they had to be.Wolfgang Petersen
A soldier from Earth crash-lands 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.
Enemy Mine is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by Edward Khmara, based on Barry B. Longyear’s story of the same name. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. as a human and alien soldier, respectively, who become stranded together on an inhospitable planet and must overcome their mutual distrust in order to cooperate and survive.
The film began production in Budapest in April 1984 under the direction of Richard Loncraine, who quickly ran into “creative differences” with producer Stephen Friedman and executives at 20th Century Fox; the project was shut down after a week of shooting. Petersen then took over as director and reshot Loncraine’s scenes after moving the production to Munich.
Originally budgeted at $17 million, the film ultimately cost more than $40 million after marketing costs were factored in, and was a box office bomb during the 1985 holiday season, earning only a little over $12 million. It gained a cult following afterwards.
Enemy Mine (1985)
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus, Carolyn McCormick, Bumper Robinson, Lance Kerwin
Screenplay by: Edward Khmara
Production Design by: Rolf Zehetbauer
Cinematography by: Tony Imi
Film Editing by: Hannes Nikel
Costume Design by: Monika Bauert
Set Decoration by: Rolf Zehetbauer
Art Direction by: Werner Achmann, Herbert Strabel
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 20, 1985