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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


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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.

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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?


Despite his reputation as a bodybuilder, Christian Boeving has only one bare-chest scene in this movie. It occurs at about the 9 minute mark, lasts only 13 seconds, and shows him with a towel wrapped around his waist in a locker room. See more »


General Thurmond: I can guarantee you one thing, General. My men are still alive. They don't die until I order them to die.
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Not recommended for die hard war fans.
9 February 2012 | by jhpstrydomSee all my reviews

As the cover might give the impression that this is a serious war film it is not, in fact realism is thrown out the window in this film, the gun battles are poorly staged, the script is a typical story of a rescue team sent somewhere to rescue a senator from a group of terrorists, the acting is bad and the film clearly suffers from a low budget.

Aside from that, there are some really bad casting choices made here, mainly Stacy Keach who is actually too overweight to play a marine commander and the rest of the cast seem unsure on how to portray their characters.

The plus side is it did manage to pass the time which is the only reason I gave it more than one star but I can imagine that it will be more of a chore to sit through for many people so I wouldn't even recommend this film as a last resort.

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