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Amigo (2010)

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A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.

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John Sayles

Writer:

John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Acuña ... Locsin
Irma Adlawan ... Josefa
John Arcilla ... Nenong
Merlin Bonning Merlin Bonning ... Creighton
Hoffman Cheng Hoffman Cheng ... Chop-Chop (as Sai Ho Cheng)
Reymart Colestines Reymart Colestines ... Malpulgas (as Raymart Colestines)
Ermie Concepcion ... Dolores
Chris Cooper ... Col. Hardacre
Dane DeHaan ... Gil
Garret Dillahunt ... Lt. Compton
Miguel Faustman Miguel Faustman ... Captan Narvaez
Brian Lee Franklin ... Lynch
Joe Gruta ... Hilario
J.P. Jagunos J.P. Jagunos ... Eloy
Ronnie Lazaro ... Simon
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Storyline

AMIGO, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael's brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, AMIGO is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today's unresolvable conflicts. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Filipino

Release Date:

6 July 2011 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Baryo See more »

Filming Locations:

Antequera, Bohol, Philippines See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,324, 21 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,490, 11 March 2012
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Color
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Trivia

At that time, the Philippines was part of Spain and the official language was Spanish. In the movie nobody speaks in spanish, it's a historical mistake led by malice or ignorance. See more »

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Title Card: At the beginning of the last century, the United States declared war on Spain. They pledged to free the island of Cuba, ninety miles to their south, from colonial rule. It was thus that the American troops came to yet another Spanish colony, half a world away. They decided to stay.
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Soundtracks

Lágrimo
Composed by Francisco Tárrega
Public Domain/Arranged and performed by Raul Manikan
Daring Music/Administered by Universal Music Corp./ASCAP
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Fighting the Good Fight!
15 September 2010 | by usherontheaisleSee all my reviews

John Sayles is the heart and soul of independent liberal filmmaking in the U.S. and he has triumphed once again with this small scale historical drama. Impeccably cast and masterfully written, Sayles only disappoints with his budgetary mandated use of digital cinematography. The sharp bright images of the film make one long for the warm celluloid grain of his frequent camerman Haskell Wexler. The Philippine/American War has hardly been touched by Hollywood except for THE REAL GLORY (1939), a flag waving whitewash of a controversial foreign incursion. Sayles is here to set the record straight and in this ambitious tale of a village invaded by naive American soldiers, he illuminates and entertains with his typically humanistic eye for people of all cultures, and the dark imperialistic inclinations of Western democracies.


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