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Dekada '70 (2002)

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.


Chito S. Roño


Lualhati Bautista (story and screenplay), Lualhati Bautista (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vilma Santos ... Amanda
Christopher De Leon ... Julian
Piolo Pascual ... Jules
Marvin Agustin ... Eman
Carlos Agassi ... Gani
Danilo Barrios Danilo Barrios ... Jason
Ana Capri ... Mara
Dimples Romana ... Evelyn
John Wayne Sace ... Bingo (as John W. Sace)
Jhong Hilario ... Willy
Tirso Cruz III ... Evelyn's Dad
Marianne de la Riva Marianne de la Riva ... Evelyn's Mom
Carlo Muñoz Carlo Muñoz ... Rene
Kris Aquino ... Student Leader
Orestes Ojeda Orestes Ojeda ... Dr. Rodrigo


A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

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Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

28 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 70's See more »

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Production Co:

Star Cinema Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (in selected theatres)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production started as early 2001, but was shelved for unstated reason. It was revived in 2002 when it passed as one of Metro Manila film festival entries. See more »

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A brilliant film but an awkward adaptation
20 August 2006 | by piba16See all my reviews

Lualhati Bautista's Dekada '70 (as directed by Chito Rono) is a film executed masterfully. The film captures every aspect of the seventies from the wardrobe, the music and even the atrocious hairstyles. Even the overall look of the film evokes some age; it was as if the movie was actually shot in the 1970s. For a person who has yet to read the novel, Chito Rono's film is a good-enough version. It tells the narrative of the novel and is, perhaps, better than the novel since it is able to draw emotions from the audience. The problem lies once the person has read the novel; in the novel, the focus is on Amanda Bartolome (Vilma Santos). Her husband, Julian Bartolome (Christopher De Leon), is practically non-existent. Bu introducing the husband, the impact of Amanda Bartolome is lessened since as Julian declares in the film, "It's a man's world." Thus, at the start of the film, Amanda appears to be a pushover, a doormat to her domineering husband. It is only at the end that she manages to redeem herself. But despite that, the film successfully conveys the raw emotions and turmoil that were surging throughout the seventies, a time when the rights of every individual was threatened.

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