Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Sayles|
|Written by||John Sayles|
|Based on||A Moment in the Sun|
|Music by||Mason Daring|
|Editing by||John Sayles|
|Studio||Anarchist's Convention Inc.|
|Distributed by||Variance Films (North America)
Star Cinema & Origin8Media (Philippines)
|Running time||128 minutes|
Amigo is a 2010 American-Filipino drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film takes place in the Philippines in 1900 during the Philippine–American War. It is one of only a small handful of films directed by an American to address the war. The only other notable example is The Real Glory (1939), starring Gary Cooper.
Amigo centers on Rafael Dacanay, kapitan of the fictional barrio of San Isidro in a rice-growing area of Luzon. His brother Simón, head of the local guerrilla band, has forced the surrender of the Spanish guardia civil outpost and charged Rafael with the task of imprisoning the guardia Captain and the barrio’s Spanish friar, Padre Hidalgo, in the name of the revolutionary government. But when the American troops chasing General Emilio Aguinaldo arrive, the Spanish officer and Padre Hidalgo are freed, and a garrison under the command of Lieutenant Ike Compton is left to ‘protect’ the barrio. The American occupation policy now changes from ‘hearts and minds’ to ‘concentration’ (what was called ‘hamletting’ during the Vietnam war) and Rafael has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots, with deadly consequences.
- Joel Torre as Rafael
- Chris Cooper as Col. Hardacre
- Garret Dillahunt as Lt. Compton
- DJ Qualls as Zeke
- Yul Vazquez as Padre Hidalgo
- Lucas Neff as Shanker
- James Parks as Sgt. Runnels
- Dane DeHaan as Gil
- Stephen Taylor as Pvt. Bates
- Rio Locsin as Corazon
- Jemi Paretas as Zuniga
- Bill Tangradi as Dutch
- Bembol Roco as Policarpio
- Ronnie Lazaro as Simon
- Irma Adlawan as Josefa
- Joe Gruta as Hilario
Background and production
Cinematical reports that the film was once titled Baryo, and that the idea for it came from a yet-to-be-published novel Some Time in the Sun, detailing U.S. imperialism in the Philippines. The book will actually be called A Moment in the Sun, though the unrealized screenplay which inspired it was called Some Time in the Sun.
The cast includes the "crème de la crème" of Philippine actors.
Amigo had its New York premier at the 2011 Asian American International Film Festival on August 10.
The film was released in North America on August 19, 2011 by Variance Films.
- Amigo at the Internet Movie Database. Last accessed: August 18, 2010.
- Clemente, Dennis (August 19, 2011). "Sayles’ Philippine-American war movie ‘Amigo’ is noble but unexceptional". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- Bartyzel, Monika (2010-07-11). "John Sayles' Next Film: 'Amigo' & Its Off-the-Radar Website". Cinematical. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
- Danelle Myron, "Novel News" April 15, 2010 <http://johnsaylesbaryo.blogspot.com/2010/04/novel-news.html> Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- Amigo at the Internet Movie Database
- Amigo official web site
- John Sayles' web blog
- Amigo film trailer at YouTube