Amigo (2011)

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Amigo, from 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. -- (C) Official Site
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R (for some violence and language)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Joel Torres
as Rafael Dacanay
Joel Torre
as Rafael Dacanay
Garret Dillahunt
as Lt. Compton
Chris Cooper
as Col. Hardacre
D.J. Qualls
as Zeke Whatley
Rio Locsin
as Corazón
Ronnie Lazaro
as Simón
Yul Vázquez
as Padre Hidalgo
Bembol Roco
as Policarpio
Arthur Acuna
as Locsin
Jemi Paretas
as Zuniga
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Critic Reviews for Amigo

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (18)

A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Miami Herald
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Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Arizona Republic
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"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

You could argue that the chief villain of the ambiguously titled "Amigo" is language, which is used quite deliberately to mock and mislead and betray.

September 1, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

By choosing Rafael as its hero, "Amigo" looks not only at a little-known part of American history, but at a rarely examined type of movie character.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
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An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Amigo

½

A powerful historical drama that examines the complexities of counter-insurgency and life under occupation.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

"Amigo" is a small, interesting little low-budget film that benefits from beautiful photography and Sayles' well-paced direction. For its two hour running time, it breezes by and remains consistently entertaining. A few performances are off and the costume design is bland, but "Amigo" is another fine outing from one of cinema's greatest storytellers.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

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