Indie Trailer Sunday: Chris Cooper in John Sayles' War Drama 'Amigo'

July 10, 2011
Source: Apple

Amigo Trailer

"No Lieutenant, you've got to make war on these people!" Today's indie trailer is for a war drama called Amigo, directed by filmmaker John Sayles. This is set during the Philippine-American War in the early 1900s and stars Chris Cooper as Col. Hardacre, as well as Garret Dillahunt, from "Raising Hope" and a very talented actor on the rise. The story is about American military occupying a village in the Philippines, and the relationships they have with the locals, including one specific amigo. This looks quite impressive, I'm very interested in checking it out, even though it has that overly-sleek digital camera look. Check it out!

Watch the official trailer for John Sayles' Amigo, originally from Apple:

You can also watch the official Amigo trailer in High Definition on Apple

A fictional account of events at a village in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War in 1900.

Amigo was both written and directed by American filmmaker and screenwriter John Sayles, of films like Return of the Secaucus 7, Lianna, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, Eight Men Out, City of Hope, Passion Fish, Lone Star, Men with Guns, Limbo, Silver City and Honeydripper. This originally premiered at the Philippine Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival last year. Variance Films is bringing Amigo to limited theaters starting on August 19th. For more info, visit their official site

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


Very interesting subject as it not a heroic war (in hollywood terms). America is the aggressor and as bad as British colonial rule at the time.

Pilgrim UK on Jul 10, 2011


It looks terrible, America never does bad stuff in other peoples countries, they only improve them.

Crapola on Jul 10, 2011


good one

Richie on Jul 10, 2011



Cody W. on Jul 11, 2011


you really don't know your history about our involvement in wars, movies  that Hollywood makes never show the bad that American forces do

andrew on Jul 11, 2011


well said andrew  

Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011


please say that your comment  was a bad attempt at being ironic..?

Tonker on Jul 11, 2011


Obviously Tonker, there's a big spoonful of sarcasm there. If you read my posts you'll get it.

Crapola on Jul 12, 2011


 Bullshit; all America did was start wars ever since WWII ended.

Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011


America has been starting wars ever since WW2 ended; read up on your history.

Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011


I like John Sayles, but Jesus in Heaven that looks depressing to me. 

Quanah on Jul 10, 2011


That actually looks really good, ashamed to say I've never seen... or even heard of any of Sayles films. Something for the to do list

Richie on Jul 10, 2011


wonderful visuals and the acting looks excellent. - a "must-see" movie for me!

Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011


Glad to see Dillahunt getting roles, really hope he starts to get some recognition he deserves in hollywood. It feels like hes played a villain or lowlife in every network TV show in the last 5 years at one point, all of them memorable.

Cody W. on Jul 11, 2011


Garret Dillahunt turned in two amazing performances in HBO's Deadwood series, too. It's great to see him getting more attention.

D. Bethel on Jul 11, 2011


America was indeed the aggressor in this film and in the history books when the Spanish-American Conflict ended during the Philippine Revolution. I wonder how much you yanks improved in respecting other people's cultures since the 1900's

TA on Jul 11, 2011


Please. The United States contributes more aid (both financial and man-hours) to other countries than the rest of the world combined.  Where the hell are you from?  You're either from somewhere that accepts our contributions or from a place that doesn't do as much.  Either way you lose.

tommyturner on Jul 12, 2011

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