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Directed by John Sayles
Produced by Maggie Renzi, Mario Ontal, Joel Torre
Written by John Sayles
Music by Mason Daring
Release date
September 14, 2010
(Toronto Film Festival)
Country  Philippines
Language English, Tagalog

Amigo is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles.[1]. The film takes place in the Philippines in 1900 during the Philippine–American War. It is one of only a small handful of American films to address the tensions of this forgotten war, the only other notable example being The Real Glory.


Amigo centers on Rafael Dacanay, cabeza of the barrio of San Isidro in a rice-growing area of Luzon. His brother Simón, head of the local guerilla band, has forced the surrender of the Spanish guardia civil outpost and charged Rafael with the task of imprisoning the guardia Captain and the baryo’s Spanish friar, Padre Hidalgo, in the name of the revolutionary government. But when the American troops chasing General 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.


  • Chris Cooper as Col. Hardacre
  • Garret Dillahunt as Lt. Compton
  • DJ Qualls as Zeke
  • Yul Vazquez as Padre Hidalgo
  • Joel Torre as Rafael
  • Lucas Neff as Shanker
  • James Parks as Sgt. Runnels
  • Dane DeHaan as Gill
  • Stephen Taylor as Pvt. Bates
  • Rio Locsin as Corazon
  • Bill Tangradi as Dutch
  • Bembol Roco as Policarpio
  • Ronnie Lazaro as Simon
  • Irma Adlawan as Josefa

Critical reception[edit]

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.[2]


Amigo will have its world premiere on September 14th at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It will also screen at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

The film currently has no distributor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amigo on IMDb. Last accessed: August 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Bartyzel, Monika (2010-07-11). "John Sayles' Next Film: 'Amigo' & Its Off-the-Radar Website". Cinematical. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

External links[edit]

Category:2010 films Category:2000s drama films Category:American drama films Category:English-language films Category:Films directed by John Sayles Category:Films shot in the Philippines Category:Films set in the Philippines