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      R Released Aug 19, 2011 2h 8m Drama War List
      60% Tomatometer 45 Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A Filipino leader (Joel Torre) must decide whether to keep the peace with the American troops occupying his village or join the insurgency with his brother and son. Read More Read Less

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      Connie Ogle Miami Herald A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart. Rated: 3/4 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic 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. Rated: 4/5 Oct 6, 2011 Full Review Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post "Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made. Rated: 1.5/4 Sep 2, 2011 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Examiner Writer-director John Sayles isn't trying to tell the story of one war, or, more importantly, one man. He's using that one man to make a political point, thereby losing the humanity of his story in the process. Rated: 2/4 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Offers a valuable history lesson. Rated: B Mar 13, 2012 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) Naysayers might argue that the film's anti-war message is so obvious it doesn't bear repeating; but if that's the case, why do we tolerate so many unnecessary wars? Rated: 3/4 Mar 9, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Interesting look by John Sayles at the American imperialist occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member That last scene was the bomb! Another exceptional performance from Joel Torre. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A powerful historical drama that examines the complexities of counter-insurgency and life under occupation. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member An excellent film filled with ideas and insights. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Although its fiction, having read some diaries of GIs during the Philippine-American war, particularly Gen. Aguinaldo's own account, the movie was entertaining and believable. Made me a fan of writer-director John Sayles. However, won't be surprised if more Filipinos prefer movies made by those whom they will also elect and re elect in the coming Philippine election. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member "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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Filipino leader (Joel Torre) must decide whether to keep the peace with the American troops occupying his village or join the insurgency with his brother and son.
      John Sayles
      John Sayles
      Variance Films
      R (Language|Some Violence)
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 19, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 11, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 8m