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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Savoca's second film also deals with sexual politics, centering on a type of woman seldom seen in American movies"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A virtually unknown gem, and is one of the sweetest, most touching romances of the decade."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"The great casting in this film is evident from the stars to the supporting actors and even to the bit players."
‑ Cheryl DeWolfe, Apollo Guide
"Creatively deals with insecurity, group pressures, male machismo and loneliness"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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