dogfight – an american classic


Directed by Nancy Savoca

Cast: River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Holly Near

USA, 1991 94 Mins

Saturday, June 18th, 6:15 PM Lake Placid Center for the Arts, $10

In Person: Director Nancy Savoca

Fresh out of boot camp, the young Marines in director Nancy Savoca’s gently observant film are determined to act like macho men on their last night before shipping out to Vietnam. For their final night of freedom they have come up with a sadistic idea for a competition they call a “dogfight.” They have pooled their money together which they plan to give to whoever shows up with the ugliest date that night. Corporal Eddie Birdlace, an angry, painfully inexperienced Marine, played by the late River Phoenix, persuades Rose Fenny, a shy, lonely young waitress to be his date. Played with endearing candor by Lili Taylor, Rose erupts when she learns the truth about the competition. Even so the two of them tentatively become more than just friends as Rose introduces Eddie to the music of Joan Baez, her personal heroine, and gives the foolishly naive Marine some much-needed sensitivity training.

The LPFF will also be screening scenes from Nancy Savoca’s new movie, “Union Square,” which stars Mira Sorvino.

This screening will be followed by a brief interview and Q@A session with Savoca.


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