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Operation Balikatan (2003)

American G.I.s and Philippine marines team up to rescue a U.S. senator who has been kidnapped by terrorists and taken to a Malaysian island.


Cirio H. Santiago




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rey Malonzo ... Rodrigo
Eddie Garcia ... Gen, . Espino
Patricia Javier ... Teresa
Christian Boeving ... Andrew
Stacy Keach ... General Thurmond
Davee Youngblood ... Tyler
Nate Adams ... Darren
Monsour Del Rosario ... Ahmed
Carlo Maceda Carlo Maceda ... Dima
Jess Lapid Jr. ... Salek
Archi Adamos ... Mag (as Archie Adamos)
Ernie Zarate Ernie Zarate ... Ramiro
Nigel Hogge Nigel Hogge ... Sen. Barnes (as Nigel Hoggen)
Joe Mari Avellana ... Ibrahim
Joseph Zucchero Joseph Zucchero ... Greg (as Joe Zucchero)


American G.I.s and Philippine marines team up to rescue a U.S. senator who has been kidnapped by terrorists and taken to a Malaysian island.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Defending freedom. One hero at a time.


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »



Philippines | USA


Filipino | English | Tagalog

Release Date:

11 June 2003 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

When Eagles Strike See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby


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Did You Know?


Christian Boeving appears to receive ten separate charges of electricity to his stomach area during his electro-shock torture scene. See more »


Andrew: Why the torture?
Ahmed: It may be torture for you, but it's pleasure for me.
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Don't waste your time
9 May 2005 | by PulmyfgrSee all my reviews

This movie was incredible! Not in the good sense, however. Growing up in the sixties and watching my cowboy heroes shoot their six-gun 15 or 28 times without a reload, I could forgive these M-16's shooting fully automatic for minutes and minutes on end. But as Marine, I can't tolerate an over-aged, fat, Stacy Keach wearing a beret (Marines don't wear berets and are not fat.) as a Marine Corps 4 star General. If all you want are a bunch of explosions, then this may be the movie for you.(notice the obvious pre-built artillery simulator pits dug in the sand on the beach landing) I'll say one thing, though, this Christian Boeving actor is on par with Arnold and can speak English.

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