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Amigo (2011)

Amigo

Overview


Genre

Drama, War

Release Date

August 19, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

128 min.

Studio

Variance Films

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Director

John Sayles

Producer

Maggie Renzi

Screenwriter

John Sayles

Starring

Story


"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.

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Poster of Variance Films' Amigo (2011)
Chris Cooper stars as Colonel Hardacre in Variance Films' Amigo (2011)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama..”
by Walter Addiego [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..is beautiful, and Torres' performance as a good man in bad times is excellent..”
by James Rocchi [MSN Movies]
“..uneven but ultimately affecting, "Amigo" looks at the Philippine-American War, an often brutal adventure in imperialism at the turn of the last century, through the story of an occupied village..”
by Sheri Linden [LA Times]