Goodbye America

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Goodbye America
Goodbye America Film 1997b.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Thierry Notz
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou Santos
Pamela Vlastas
Written by Michael Sellers
Bob Couttie
Ricardo Lee
Screenplay by Frederick Bailey
Starring Wolfgang Bodison
Corin Nemec
John Haymes Newton
Angel Aquino
Raymond Bagatsing
Alexis Arquette
Music by Roy Hay
Cinematography Sharone Meir
Edited by Brent Shoenfeld
Star Cinema
Quantum Entertainment
Distributed by Quantum Entertainment
Release date
  • August 20, 1997 (1997-08-20)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Philippines
United States
Language English
Budget PHP 85 million (estimated)

Goodbye America is a 1997 action-drama film that examines how the closing of the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, Philippines affected the Filipinos and the Americans who had served there.[1] The film was an attempt to bring Philippine cinema into the international audience.


As the U.S. Subic Bay naval base's operations slowly wind down and naval manpower begins to dwindle, Commander Hamilton (Wolfgang Bodison) relies on three U.S. Navy Seals to help keep the base secure. William Hawk (John Haymes Newton), a longtime American sailor nearing the end of a tour of duty, is involved with a Filipina, Lisa Velasquez (Nanette Medved), a representative of the mayor's office in nearby Olongapo City. Lisa has to deal with the economic crisis that the base's closing will bring to her community, as well as her own personal problems brought on by Hawk's imminent departure and the strained relationship of her mother, Anna (Daria Ramirez), and stepfather, Ed (James Brolin).[1]

Paul Bladon (Alexis Arquette), another Navy Seal at the Subic Bay base, is the son of a U.S. Senator (Michael York), who will be visiting Subic Bay for the base's closing ceremonies. Senator Bladon is bringing along Paul's American girlfriend Angela (Maureen Flannigan), though Paul has fallen in love with a Filipina, Emma (Alma Concepcion), a former prostitute who now plans to marry Paul. The third Navy Seal, John Stryzack (Corin Nemec), is furious over what he sees as America's betrayal of its responsibilities in the Philippines; he winds up behind bars after a violent incident, but he plans to escape to assassinate Senator Bladon, whom he believes is responsible for the closing of the base.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


The film premiered in the Philippines on August 20, 1997 and at the Film Market of the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, where the screening attracted curious distributors and the movie garnered some hype.

It had a television premiere in Greece, Finland as Hyvästi, Amerikka and in Germany as Im Namen der Ehre.


Most critics found the subject potent and timely. However, the film had an excess of characters and the end product was disorganized. It was hailed as a Philippine film thinly disguised as a Hollywood B-movie.

In Rotten Tomatoes it has an average score of 3 out of 5 based on 124 user reviews.[2]

Home Media[edit]

The official DVD of the film was released in April 16, 1999 in the Philippines and Hungary. In United States, the film was released by MTI Home Video. In Brazil, it was released by Sunset Productions and D+T.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Goodbye America, The New York Times and, retrieved on June 14, 2007
  2. ^

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