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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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The lyrics of the ending theme was written by Jose Rizal. Joel Torre plays 'Jose Rizal' in Bayaning 3rd World (2000), and a character created by Jose Rizal in José Rizal (1998). 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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Sa Magandang Silangan
Performed by Grace Nono
Lyrics by Jose Rizal (as Dr. José P. Rizal)
Composed by Pedro Gatmaitan Santos
Public Domain/Arranged by Mason Daring & Billy Novick
Daring Music/Administered by Universal Music Corp./ASCAP
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Thought it was just okay
22 August 2011 | by fourseraphsSee all my reviews

Without a doubt, a movie about this subject needed to be made. The parallels with America's wars with Vietnam and Iraq are endless, and the Philippines' history as the strategic spoils for foreign occupiers needs to be told. This movie did an okay job of depicting the arrogance of imperialism as well as the misery of those who want peace. However, I think the time limitation of a feature length movie hampers any real character development. The Americans' are haughty and racist caricatures, and the conflicts within the Filipino families are not as palpable as they should be. Also, important strategic events of the war are merely alluded to off-screen.

Throughout the whole movie, I couldn't help but feel the story would have been more suited to a TV-miniseries format. Such a format would have allowed ample time for character development and action scenes.


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