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  • Award Snub: Roger Ebert and other critics felt Louis Gossett Jr. deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination, having to act convincingly under a crapton of prosthetic makeup. In addition, the film's visual effects, makeup effects that helped create the Drac race and screenplay writing did not get nominations neither.
  • Awesome Music: One of Maurice Jarre's best.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Both Dennis Quaid and Brion James appearing in this movie is interesting considering both actors would later be involved in the Superman media. Quaid, who plays a human character who finds himself fostering an alien child, was one of the considerations to play Jonathan Kent (who also fostered an alien child who would grow up into who we all know and loved) in Man of Steel before losing to Kevin Costner who ultimately took the role, while James, who plays the Big Bad who is part of a team of miners who loved to suck dry planets of their resources and act as a threat to Quaid's character and his adopted alien child, would later voice the energy-sucking supervillain and one of Superman's rogues gallery the Parasite in Superman: The Animated Series up to his death in 1999 where afterwards the Parasite would be taken over by The Other Darrin Brian George in Justice League.
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    • Future voice actor Bumper Robinson plays Drac alien Jerry's child Zammis in a sci-fi film which involves themes of humans and aliens working together and Fantastic Racism. Robinson would later be known to younger viewers as the voice of Rook in Ben 10: Omniverse, which the general premise involves the human character Ben being partnered up with Robinson's alien character and features some episodes involving the Forever Knights, who bears Fantastic Racism against anything alien.
  • Ho Yay: Although Dracs are an asexual race, it's hard to keep yourself from the idea that Davidge and Jerry are gradually beginning to look like a loving couple with typical gender roles and family debate. Lord, later they even have a child. Hilariously lampshaded when Davidge learns of Jerry's pregnancy:
    "But how did you— who did...? **Beat** Well, don't look at me!"
  • Nightmare Fuel:
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    • The aforementioned Pit Fiend is incredibly creepy, and is a constant threat even outside their pit traps.
    • Davidge nearly falling victim to said monster. We've already seen that the creature's long, ropelike tongue/feeler is very bad news, but Davidge has no idea what he's looking at as it probes nearby to locate its prey, as a mysterious and sinister leitmotif plays. Then it grabs Davidge and tries to pull him under; the awful bleeding from his ensnared leg and his terrified cries for help leave no doubt that death by Pit Fiend would be a horrible way to go, but Jerry thankfully comes to the rescue just in time.
    • The opening effectively sets the tone of War Is Hell, with the frozen corpsicle of a human pilot whose fighter was shot up, drifting through space.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rook was Zammis.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Upon being found by military, Davidge is taken for a Drac turncoat by higher ops. This is never brought up for anything and instantly ignored, just skipping over all of it. The very next scene has him stealing a ship, while destroying a military installation. Which also goes nowhere. All of which could be used as another layer of anti-prejudice and anti-war message the story is clearly about. But instead, we've got a prolonged sequence in "enemy mine", which then directly cuts to being rescued by fellow human pilots. Willis seems to have some serious Hero Insurance.
  • Ugly Cute: Zammis. Dracs are somewhat scary-looking by human standards, but his innocence and naivete make him totally adorable. Davidge describes him as "an ugly little cuss", but warmly admits he isn't much worse than some of the baby pictures he used to see in the mess hall.
  • Values Resonance: The film's anti-war and anti-racism themes are just as relevant now as they were in 1985.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The movie was apparently forced to include a subplot about their enemies operating a mine, on the basis that people wouldn't understand the title could be rephrased as "My Enemy", and would want to know where the mine was. Maybe they could have had someone step on one too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: All over the place, from the shots of outer space, to the very convincing alien world of Fyrine IV, to the excellent Drac makeup effects that nicely averted Rubber-Forehead Aliens and made Lou Gossett Jr. and the other actors completely unrecognizable underneath them.


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