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Heneral Luna (2015)

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

Director:

Jerrold Tarog
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Arcilla ... Antonio Luna
Mon Confiado ... Emilio Aguinaldo
Arron Villaflor ... Joven Hernando
Jeffrey Quizon ... Apolinario Mabini
Paulo Avelino ... Gregorio del Pilar
Joem Bascon ... Paco Román
Archie Alemania ... Eduardo Rusca
Arthur Acuña ... Manuel Bernal
Alex Vincent Medina ... José Bernal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Abaya ... Younger Antonio Luna
Alvin Anson ... José Alejandrino
David Bianco ... Maj Peter Lori Smith
Jennifer Blair ... French Lady
Nonie Buencamino ... Felipe Buencamino (as Noni Buencamino)
Mylene Dizon ... Isabel
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Storyline

Set during the Philippine-American war, Heneral Luna follows the life of one of Philippine History's most brilliant soldier, General Antonio Luna, as he tries to lead his countrymen against colonial masters new and old, and to rise above their own raging disputes to fulfill the promise of the Philippine Revolution.

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Bayan O Sarili?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Генерал Луна See more »

Filming Locations:

Magdalena, Laguna, Philippines See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,485, 30 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$195,580, 15 November 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Artikulo Uno Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Arcilla, Alvin Anson, Jeffrey Quizon and Ronnie Lazaro co-starred in 2012 movie, El Presidente, another historical movie that also has Antonio Luna as character. See more »

Goofs

When General Luna and his men enter a church to pray briefly after hearing news of the American attack on Santa Mesa, several statues of the Virgin Mary can be seen near a window in the background. One of them is Our Lady of Fátima; the Fátima Apparitions occurred in 1917, almost two decades after the film's time period. See more »

Crazy Credits

In a post-credits sequence, General Gregorio del Pilar (Paulo Avelino) is told there are not enough men left. He tells his aide to choose 60--the number of men he had with him when he tried to defend Aguinaldo's retreat from American soldiers at the Battle of Tirad Pass. The scene hints that Del Pilar will be the focus of the next film in a rumoured historical film trilogy by director Jerrold Tarog. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Angelito (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hanggang wala nang bukas
Composed and performed by Ebe Dancel
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A satisfying mainstream historical film that has not been seen in years
9 September 2015 | by simpleng_yanoSee all my reviews

Words cannot describe my satisfaction with this film and the only way to review it is through personal experience. There are pacing problems and disappointments in terms of the props such as the weaponry used by both sides, but given the film's tight budget, it has managed to portray these battle scenes with epic proportions combined with the score being obviously inspired by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The atmosphere of the entire film is portrayed beautifully, it shows the political machinations and political infighting when the battle scenes are not present, for the entire point of view is based upon Luna and his allies. Still, if you are either a history buff or just an average movie goer, this film is spectacular and it deserves to be one the best films of the year if there are any formal awards as such.


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