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Noriega: God's Favorite (2000)

The story of Panamanian general Manuel Antonio 'Tony' Noriega, whose meteoric career, from utter poverty, as a soldier and CIA informant who also served as source to various other powers ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Lawrence Wright
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1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
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 Sabi Dorr ... Irwin
John Verea ... Father Jorge
Richard Masur ... Mark
David Marshall Grant ... Drug Dealer
Michael Sorich ... Fidel Castro
Jorge Luis Abreu Jorge Luis Abreu ... Witch Doctor
Edward Edwards ... Oliver North
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Africa ... Adela Giroldi
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The story of Panamanian general Manuel Antonio 'Tony' Noriega, whose meteoric career, from utter poverty, as a soldier and CIA informant who also served as source to various other powers and even the Colombian drug mafia he claims to fight valiantly to please CIA director and later U.S. president Bush Sr., starts when he confesses to a priest, reminiscing how he has experienced such luck that he believes himself to be God's favorite- each time he takes more risks people tell him he went too far, but always seems to get away with it. In his marriage, he is constantly unfaithful to Felicidad 'Fela', notably with his mistress Vicky Amador. After public opinion, domestic and U.S., was scandalize by the brutal torture, rape and decapitation of generally respected Dr. Hugo Spadafora, he sees to it that the blame goes to President Nicky Barletta, only one year in office. When he feels forced to destroy a drug lab of the Medellin cartel he accepted payment from, even Fidel Castro tells him a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Noriega See more »

Filming Locations:

Metro Manila, Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Major Giroldi: With God and the gringos on our side, how can we fail?
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A human comedy
3 April 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This story of Noriega is an interesting mix of tragedy and comedy. It tells the story of a human monster who evidently just wanted love. Hoskins is wonderfully adept at capturing the odd combination of evil and humor needed to make such a strange story work.

The film also illustrates the way the US so often shoots itself in the foot by first supporting and then being betrayed by little tin gods -- and also betraying the people that we induce to fight the tin gods. Maybe we will learn the lesson someday, but not yet.

Noriega seems to be, indeed, God's favorite because he gets away with so much and never seems to be terribly scathed. Maybe Noriega is an example of God's sense of humor. If so, he validates the old saying that God works in strange ways -- or, in this case, laughs in strange ways.


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