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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. (Includes Tagalog & Spanish with English Subtitles)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 45
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Amigo" is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.
Fresh: John Sayles, a filmmaker by trade, a provocateur by nature, means to stir things up with Amigo. That he does, and more power to him.
Rotten: The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat.
Fresh: Uneven but ultimately affecting...
i had very little expectation but was pleasantly surprised by how well the script was written considering the subject matter and culture...