Dogfight


1h 34m 1991
Dogfight

Brief Synopsis

Set in 1963, a romance involving a Marine on his way to Vietnam who encounters more than he bargained for when he takes part in a sadistic Marine ritual.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

Set in 1963, a romance involving a Marine on his way to Vietnam who encounters more than he bargained for when he takes part in a sadistic Marine ritual.

Crew

Mark Anderson

Assistant Camera Operator

Elizabeth Austin

Song

Joan Baez

Song Performer

Eugenie Bafaloukos

Costume Designer

Yvonne Baker

Song

Gene Barge

Song

Sally Sue Beisel

Production Assistant

Catherine Benedek

Foley Editor

Catherine Benedek

Assistant Sound Editor

Janey Bergam

Production Assistant

Keith Bergman

Construction Coordinator

Sheryl Berkoff-lowe

Makeup

Gary "u. S." Bonds

Song Performer

Dave Boushey

Stunt Coordinator

Eddie Brigati

Song

Bobby Bukowski

Director Of Photography

Kate Butler

Assistant Camera Operator

Jennifer Campbell

Assistant Production Coordinator

Paul Campbell

Song

Guy Carawan

Song

John Cardoni

Rigging Gaffer

Felix Cavaliere

Song

Karen Chalk

Production Auditor

Robaire Charbonneau

Hair Assistant

Lincoln Chase

Song

Robert T Chesnut

Transportation Captain

Claudine Clark

Song Performer

Claudine Clark

Song

Lester Cohen

Production Designer

Bob Comfort

Screenplay

Loren Corney

Construction Coordinator

Kirk Corwin

Property Master

Elizabeth Cotten

Song

Elizabeth Cotten

Song Performer

Mary Cybulski

Script Supervisor

Mason Daring

Original Music

Mitchell Dauterive

Production Assistant

Susan Dixon

Location Casting

Keith Dosher

Transportation

Marion Dougherty

Casting

Dale Dye

Consultant

Bob Dylan

Song Performer

Bob Dylan

Song

Matt Ebert

Swing Gang

Shirley Ellis

Song Performer

John Fahey

Song

John Fahey

Song Performer

Annie Fergerson

Production Assistant

Joe Finnegan

Stunts

Jimmy Forrest

Song

Al Frazier

Song

Kevin Frech

Music

Leo Friedman

Song

Jerry Fuller

Song

Charley H Gilleran

Best Boy Grip

Gerry Goffin

Song

Mark Goodermote

Boom Operator

Jolie Gorchov

Assistant Editor

Jim Grce

Gaffer

Tony Grob

Assistant Location Manager

Richard Guay

Producer

Frank Guida

Song

Woody Guthrie

Song Performer

Christopher Hall

Best Boy

Frank Hamilton

Song

John Harrington

Props Assistant

Charles K. Harris

Song

John Harris

Song

Gene Hartline

Stunts

Mark Haslett

Production Assistant

Nicola Hewitt

Craft Service

Joel R Hirsch

Adr

Zilphia Horton

Song

Laurie Hudson

Costume Supervisor

Larry F Huff

Song

Rob Hyman

Swing Gang

B Johnson

Song

Chris Karges

Swing Gang

Jack Keller

Song

Jeffrey Kimball

Music Supervisor

Nancy Konrardy

Costume Supervisor

Victor Korte

Dolly Grip

Frank Kostenko

Assistant Director

Kerri Kroll

Other

Jessica Lanier

Set Decorator

Steve Larose

Other

Tasha Lemel

Art Assistant

Mike Leon

Location Manager

Lisa J Levine

Adr Editor

Scott Leyse

Stunts

Solomon Linda

Song

William B Linton

Song

Alan Lomax

Song

Cris Lombardi

Assistant Camera Operator

Bob Marshak

Photography

Teresa Mastropierro

Scenic Artist

Jon Mccarthy

Transportation Coordinator

K Mccormick

Song

Brownie Mcghee

Song

Brownie Mcghee

Song Performer

Monica Melvin

Production Coordinator

Sylvia Menno

Assistant Sound Editor

Russ Meyer

Other

Van Morrison

Song Performer

Van Morrison

Song

Mark D Moss

Music

Ricky Nelson

Song Performer

Peter Newman

Producer

Angela Nogaro

Makeup Assistant

Peter Nunnery

Production Assistant

Rafael Orozco

Production Assistant

Michael Perman

Set Decorator

Jennifer L Pray

Swing Gang

Malvina Reyolds

Song

Bob Riggs

Special Effects

Joseph Royster

Song

Brian Russo

Production Assistant

David Saltzman

Swing Gang

Elisa Sansalone

Assistant Director

Crista Schneider

Art Assistant

Phil Schneider

Scenic Artist

Robert Scott

Props Assistant

Pete Seeger

Song

Pete Seeger

Song Performer

Lewis Simpkins

Song

Alfred Smith

Song

Gordon Smith

Makeup

Abner Spector

Song

Tim Squyres

Sound Editor

Tim Squyres

Assistant Editor

Michael Steinfeld

Sound Editor

Steven Stoke

Post-Production Supervisor

Mike Stokey

Technical Advisor

Jenny Stolee

Makeup

Sarah Stollman

Set Designer

Bill Sturgeon

Makeup

Doug Sudduth

Other

Cathleen Summers

Executive Producer

John Sutton

Sound Mixer

Suellyn Tackitt

Set Decorator

Daniel Talpers

Art Director

Sonny Terry

Song Performer

John Tintori

Editor

J Miller Tobin

Assistant Director

Alun Vick

Foreman

Mimi Vodnoy

Hair

F Voss

Song

Thaddeus Wadleigh

Key Grip

Peter Waggoner

Sound

John Walsh

Assistant

Oscar D Washington

Song

Muddy Waters

Song Performer

Lenny Welch

Song

Llewellyn Wells

Unit Production Manager

Llewellyn Wells

Associate Producer

Timothy Whidbee

Swing Gang

Carl White

Song

Beth Slater Whitson

Song

Sonny Boy Williamson

Song

Turner Wilson Jr.

Song

Gilbert Wong

Art Director

Brenton Wood

Song Performer

Mark Yellen

Unit Production Manager

Elizabeth Yoffe

Location Casting

Garard Yubero

Production Auditor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Articles

Dogfight


Nancy Savoca made her name with the 1989 independent production True Love, an R-rated romantic drama that introduced audiences to Annabella Sciorra and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. For her second feature, Dogfight (1991), she signed on to a major studio. Bob Comfort's original screenplay, about four Marine buddies on their last night stateside before shipping out to Vietnam, had been making the rounds for five years when Savoca signed on. River Phoenix underwent an abbreviated boot camp in preparation for the role of Eddie Birdlace. He admitted playing such a crude, insensitive character was tough. “There are things in the film that Birdlace does that if that were me, I'd be so embarrassed. But it's not me.” Lili Taylor was cast as the lonely, overweight Rose after a lengthy audition process. She gained twelve pounds for the role and wore additional body padding on set. Though set in San Francisco, the film was shot primarily in Seattle, though the production spent three days in San Francisco with the two leads to pick up landmarks like Vesuvio Cafe, City Lights Bookstore and Jack Kerouac Alley. Savoca battled the studio over her vision. They wanted a PG-rated film they could market to a teen audience and pressured her to lighten the tone and shoot a new ending. “When Warners was talking about this being a teen movie, I kept saying, ‘We’re looking at teens, but it’s kind of realistic, and teen-agers aren’t gonna respond to it because it’s too painful to look at yourself.’” Savoca and screenwriter Comfort held firm and their version debuted at the 1991 Telluride Film Festival.

by Sean Axmaker

Sources:
AFI Catalog of Feature Films
"Marines at Their Best," Randi Sue Coburn. Premiere, October 1991.
"It Was a Real ‘Dogfight’ to Get Nancy Savoca’s Vision on Screen," Chris Williams. Los Angeles Times, October 5, 1991.

Dogfight

Dogfight

Nancy Savoca made her name with the 1989 independent production True Love, an R-rated romantic drama that introduced audiences to Annabella Sciorra and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. For her second feature, Dogfight (1991), she signed on to a major studio. Bob Comfort's original screenplay, about four Marine buddies on their last night stateside before shipping out to Vietnam, had been making the rounds for five years when Savoca signed on. River Phoenix underwent an abbreviated boot camp in preparation for the role of Eddie Birdlace. He admitted playing such a crude, insensitive character was tough. “There are things in the film that Birdlace does that if that were me, I'd be so embarrassed. But it's not me.” Lili Taylor was cast as the lonely, overweight Rose after a lengthy audition process. She gained twelve pounds for the role and wore additional body padding on set. Though set in San Francisco, the film was shot primarily in Seattle, though the production spent three days in San Francisco with the two leads to pick up landmarks like Vesuvio Cafe, City Lights Bookstore and Jack Kerouac Alley. Savoca battled the studio over her vision. They wanted a PG-rated film they could market to a teen audience and pressured her to lighten the tone and shoot a new ending. “When Warners was talking about this being a teen movie, I kept saying, ‘We’re looking at teens, but it’s kind of realistic, and teen-agers aren’t gonna respond to it because it’s too painful to look at yourself.’” Savoca and screenwriter Comfort held firm and their version debuted at the 1991 Telluride Film Festival.by Sean AxmakerSources:AFI Catalog of Feature Films"Marines at Their Best," Randi Sue Coburn. Premiere, October 1991."It Was a Real ‘Dogfight’ to Get Nancy Savoca’s Vision on Screen," Chris Williams. Los Angeles Times, October 5, 1991.

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 13, 1991

Wide Release in United States September 27, 1991

Released in United States on Video February 26, 1992

Released in United States 1991

Released in United States September 1991

Shown at the Boston Film Festival September 9-19, 1991.

Script was developed at the Sundance Institute.

Nancy Savoca replaced Michael Dinner as director.

Completed shooting July 2, 1990.

Began shooting May 2, 1990.

Stereo Surround

Released in United States Fall September 13, 1991

Wide Release in United States September 27, 1991

Released in United States on Video February 26, 1992

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 29 - September 2, 1991.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at the Boston Film Festival September 9-19, 1991.)