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Writer (WGA):
Lawrence Wright (written by)
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Release Date:
6 June 2001 (Italy) See more »
The story of Panamanian general Manuel Antonio 'Tony' Noriega, whose meteoric career, from utter poverty... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Bites off a lot -- and then spends most of its time lightly choking! See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bob Hoskins ... Manuel Noriega

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Nuncio

Rosa Blasi ... Vicky Amador

Luis Avalos ... President Nicky Barletta

Denise Blasor ... Felicidad Noriega

Nestor Carbonell ... Major Giroldi

Tony Plana ... Colonel Diaz-Herrera
Sabi Dorr ... Irwin
John Verea ... Father Jorge

Richard Masur ... Mark

David Marshall Grant ... Drug Dealer
Michael Sorich ... Fidel Castro
Jorge Luis Abreu ... Witch Doctor

Edward Edwards ... Oliver North
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Africa ... Adela Giroldi
Ina Alegre ... Prostitute

Ivan Allen ... Newscaster
Ed Aquino ... Giroldi's Man
Ed Bouffard ... Newscaster
Janice Brillotes ... Yacht Woman

Jennifer Cain ... Swiss Receptionist
Edith Castillejo ... Party Guest
Jackie Castillejos ... Party Guest
Rick Constantineau ... Chuck
Bruce Cornwell ... Harvard Professor
Rez Cortez ... Bodyguard
Renzo Cruz ... Plotter
Richard Cunanan ... CIA Agent

Ivo Cutzarida ... Hugo Spadafora
Michael De Mesa ... Drug Lord
Janice De Padua ... Secretary
Zoey Del Corro ... Waitress
Maggie Dela Riva ... Party Guest
Diego Domicoli ... Giroldi's Kid
Teresa Elliott ... Newscaster
Michelle Estevez ... Noriega's Daughter
Jaime Fabregas ... Officer
Miguel Faustmann ... Lieutenant Contreras
Jaime Garchitorena ... Aide
Charley J. Garrett
Rosemarie Gil ... Señor Sarita
J. Boyce Harman Jr. ... Tony's Doctor (as J. Boyce Harman)
Ala Hegazy ... Mountain Man
Subas Herrero ... Gabriel Arias
Dick Israel ... Bodyguard
Barbara Johnson ... Ginny
Chris Johnson ... State Department Official
Robert Kraut ... Priest
Micha Lil ... CIA Agent
Samantha Lopez

BarBara Luna ... Mama (as Barbara Luna)
Alicia Mansfield ... Nun
Tonyo Meléndez ... Pepe Velasquez
Melanie Menoza ... Yacht Woman
Randelier Orlino ... Mountain Man
Joanna Orros ... Secretary
James Gregory Paolleli ... Newscaster (as James Paolleli)
Eric Payne
Leo Rabago ... Mountain Man
Ed Requestas ... Disc Jockey
Leo Rialp ... Raul Castro
Romeo Rivera ... Officer
Alexandra Rocha ... Giroldi's Kid
Ed Rocha ... Enrique
Frank Roman ... Cesar Rodriguez
Rhett Romero ... Giroldi's Man
Camille Roxas ... Carmen
Princess Ann Schuck ... Giroldi's Kid
Andrew Schuten ... Drug Dealer
Charmille Shartle ... Noriega's Daughter

Samantha Smith ... Yogi
Bart Suretsky ... Kiki Pretelet
Ashley Talbert ... Nurse

Tom Todoroff ... The Swiss Doctor / Nestor
Noel Trinidad ... Rebel Officer
Chandro Uttamchandani ... Giroldi's Man
Veronica Veron ... Chaquita
José Vicente Vibar ... American General
Stefanie Walmsley ... Radcliffe Student
Larry Wright ... District Attorney

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... Parrot (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Spottiswoode 
Writing credits
Lawrence Wright (written by)

Produced by
Nancy Hardin .... producer
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... line producer
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Roger Spottiswoode .... executive producer
Tom Todoroff .... co-producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
Lawrence Wright .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Pierre Mignot 
Film Editing by
Mark Conte 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
Production Design by
Owen Paterson 
Art Direction by
Colin Gibson 
Roy Lachica 
Set Decoration by
Sammy Aranzamendez 
Costume Design by
Florence-Isabelle Megginson 
Makeup Department
Haidee Balicha .... hair stylist
Chat Baun .... assistant makeup artist
Nick Dudman .... makeup department head
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Linda Satsatina .... hair stylist
Ana Emelda Villaflor .... assistant makeup artist
Teresa Villaflor .... makeup artist (as Maria Theresa Villaflor)
Candy L. Walken .... hair department head
Production Management
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... unit production manager
Angelito N. Mabalot .... unit production manager
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ada Bautista .... third assistant director
Nick Dodet .... second assistant director (as Nicolas Dodet)
Cellin Gluck .... first assistant director
Carlos P. Medina .... second assistant director
Arturo Soquerata .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ben Campita .... set dresser
Camilo Felipe .... supervising painter
Daniel Fernández .... assistant art director
Gilbert Garantuza .... set dresser
Romulo Janapin .... construction supervisor
Greg Lipit .... property supervisor
Eddie Macasu .... construction foreman
Salustiano Maestro .... assistant property supervisor
Bong Pangilinan .... set dresser
Edgar Valencia .... key assistant set dresser
Rodel Villar .... set dresser
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... supervising sound editor
Georges Bossaers .... sound mixer
Ken Brocious .... boom operator
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Tim Cooney .... production sound mixer
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Harris .... foley recordist
Rick Hinson .... supervising sound editor
Anna MacKenzie .... sound editor
Maciek Malish .... sound editor
Mike Marchain .... sound editor
Todd Orr .... sound re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joe Sabella)
Donald Santos .... boom operator
Ray Spiess .... sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Richard Guevara .... special effects supervisor
Manny Macapagal .... special effects supervisor
Tons Munoz .... special effects supervisor
Ed Sto. Domingo .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Andy Barrios .... compositing artist: Rainmaker Digital Pictures
Brian Battles .... compositing artist
Tim Belcher .... visual effects coordinator
Brigitte Bourque .... compositing artist: Rainmaker Digital
Scott Harper .... digital supervisor: Rainmaker Digital Pictures
Karen Kutcka .... visual effects coordinator
Will McCoy .... compositing artist
Misato Shinohara .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernesto Baltonado .... assistant supervising electrician
Julian Baltonado .... supervising electrician
Geoffroy Beauchemin .... first assistant camera
Dionisio Cebuano .... grip
Antonio Colobong Jr. .... grip
Cirio Bong Conde .... third assistant camera
Fred Conde .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Freddie Conde)
Jean Courteau .... chief lighting technician
Dennis De Guzman .... second company grip
Mar Angelo de Guzman .... first company grip (as Angelo de Guzman)
Daniel Delina .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Bernardo Gabilo .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
James R. Hall Jr. .... second assistant camera
Lito Moya .... grip
Paul Murphey .... 24 frame video operator
Rufo Orita .... dolly grip
Raldo Rey .... grip
Peter Wunstorf .... additional photographer
Casting Department
Eduardo Rocha .... casting consultant
Lori Sugar .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Julie Ysla .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mike Ambrosio .... second wardrobe assistant (as Mike Ambrocio)
Wynn Arenas .... wardrobe supervisor
Alex Argente .... first wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Adam Clark .... color timer
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist
Robert C. Rodriguez .... post-production coordinator
Nick Spark .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kathryn Dayak .... music editor
Peter Iselin .... music coordinator
Gael MacGregor .... music administrator
Spencer Proffer .... supervising music producer
Gael MacGregor .... music co-supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Primo Guina .... transportation captain (as Firmo Guina)
Rey Mahinay .... assistant transportation captain
Other crew
Robert L. Catron .... production coordinator
Rick Constantineau .... production accountant
Jeremiah Domingo .... assistant production coordinator
Linda Gillespie .... post-production accountant
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Pablo Lucelo .... production accountant
Corazon C. Maitim .... production secretary
Pancho Mansfield .... creative executive
Danilo Medina .... set production assistant
Joselito Munoz .... set production assistant
Joji Nolasco .... production coordinator
Leslie Park .... script supervisor
Sammy Pasha .... assistant: Mr. Hoskins
Romulo Ramos .... location manager
Byron Wagner .... technology services
Claudia Ziesche .... assistant to director

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120 min
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Did You Know?

Oliver Stone previously wished to make a film about Manuel Noriega and considered Al Pacino and Jean-Claude Van Damme to play him.See more »
Manuel Noriega:You want some friendly advice? I suggest you kill yourself.
Major Giroldi:That is against my religion.
Manuel Noriega:[smiles unpleasantly] Then give me your weapon, and place yourself in God's hands...
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bites off a lot -- and then spends most of its time lightly choking!, 24 October 2005
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

When a TV movie premiers on BBC2 (a minority UK channel) after midnight you take it is a read that this is not going to be very good -- and I wasn't proved far wrong. While title lead Bob Hoskins does his admirable best with a tough part for him to play physically the rest is just a tick list of all the events that formed his later life.

Having read up on the subject it is all there, present and correct: Drugs, corruption, the Contra affair and Ollie North, black magic, marriage problems. Not to mention the US invasion of his country of Panama and his hiding out in a church embassy.

However I wouldn't have liked to re-tell the story from what I saw here!

Naturally we are viewing the Third World from a First World perspective (well I am anyway) and that isn't easy. Noriega learnt the rules from others and while a cruel and despotic man, he wasn't a fool. Why -- he questions -- does the USA love drugs so much "does the gringo have no soul?"

(The people who produce/traffic drugs often laugh at the people that consume them -- for them they view the product for what it is, a lucrative poison.)

You'd be hard pushed to get this is all in if you spent a 100 million dollars and spread it over a mini series. This is a 120 minute film and while I don't know the budget from what I see on the screen it is obviously on the low side.

Dictators (let us take the "corrupt" as read) are always filmed in ultra close-up showing their rage and frustration, ready to do anything at anytime (this is why they feature in so many films!), but General Noriega is also shown as a bit of a hen-pecked clown. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks who, with a chip on both shoulders, climbed to the top while -- strangely -- partly controlled by the catholic church and a love of cheap sexual thrills.

(The movie seems to be suggesting some kind of bisexuality that I hadn't heard about before.)

A man who had a love-hate relationship with America and America responding by having a love-hate relationship with him.

While this movie seems to have it all: Power, drugs, corruption, explosions, rise-and fall, it actually has very little. I viewed the whole matter with cold detachment wondering if the Noriega was living in Panama or some kind of private Disneyland.

All-in-all a bit of a failure -- but an extra star of being a brave failure.

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