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On Location: 10 Hollywood Films Shot in the Philippines
From Oscar-winning films to amusing B movies, seems like the Philippines is a favorite shoot location.
Published on: Jan 18, 2012 - 8:30am



Too Late the Hero (1970)

Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring: Michael Caine and Henry Fonda
Premise: An office-bound American lieutenant is sent on a combat mission to destroy a Japanese radio transmitter.
Location: Boracay and Subic Bay; Setting: New Hebrides (now Vanuatu)


Too Late The Hero is the first of two war-oriented films shot in Boracay that year (the second was Nam's Angels which was about the Vietnam War).

Other films that were shot in the Philippines include: Thirteen Days (2000), The Real Glory (1939), Hamburger Hill (1987), Missing in Action (1984), The Boys in Company C (1978), Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1999), Noriega: God's Favorite (2001). A number of B films have also been shot in the country.



Special mention


An Officer and A Gentleman (1982)

Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere
Premise: The son of a Navy sailor overcomes his struggles as he enrolls in a Navy Aviator Candidate School.
Location: Subic (Gere’s character, Zachary Mayo’s father, was a Navy boatman formerly stationed in Subic. Scenes from Subic were used for flashback images); Setting: Washington


Unfortunately, Richard Gere never made it to Philippine shores but at least Subic was exhibited internationally. An Officer and A Gentleman was the third highest-grossing film in 1982 and achieved enormous box-office and critical success.

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  • Rub!con
    What about Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild?
    Apr 26 2012 @ 05:19pm     Reply  
  • Hate Her
    Claire Danes! Tsss.
    Jan 18 2012 @ 07:30pm     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    How about "The Hunt For Eagle One"...another one you forgot, along with "DNA" and "Robot Jox"
    Jan 18 2012 @ 10:22am     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    "I Come With The Rain" also starred Japanese heartthrob Takuya Kimura, star of the live-action version of "Space Battleship Yamato" (aka "StarBlazers")
    Jan 18 2012 @ 10:18am     Reply  
  • Winnie
    You forgot the movie "Naked Weapon" (2002).
    Jan 18 2012 @ 10:12am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Most intrigued with BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA. A bit surprised that the great Eddie Romero helmed this B movie. B movies sure are fun!
    Jan 18 2012 @ 09:27am     Reply  
  • monocle
    good list.
    Jan 18 2012 @ 09:23am     Reply  
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