Goodbye America

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Goodbye America
Directed by Thierry Notz
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Written by Ricky Lee
Robert Couttie
Michael Sellers
Starring Wolfgang Bodison
Corin Nemec
John Newton
Music by Roy Hay
Cinematography Sharon Neir
Editing by Brent Schoenfeld
Release date(s) 1997
Running time 116 min
Country Philippines
Language English
IMDb profile

Goodbye America is a 1997 film that was co-produced by ABS-CBN International, Quantum Entertainment, Star Cinema and Star Pacific Cinema in an attempt to produce an international movie from the Philippines. The story is set in 1992 when Subic Naval Base was about to be handed back to the Americans. The movie chronicles the last days of the US bases in the Philippines and features both foreign and local names.


The film examines how the real-life closing of the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay profoundly effected both the local Filipino community and the Americans who had served there. As the base's operations slowly wind down and naval manpower begins to dwindle, Commander Hamilton (Wolfgang Bodison) relies on three Navy SEALs to help keep the base secure. William Hawk (John Haymes Newton), a longtime soldier nearing the end of a tour of duty, is involved with 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 doubtlessly bring to her community, as well as her own personal problems brought on by William's imminent departure and the strained relationship of her mother Anna (Daria Ramirez) and stepfather Ed (James Brolin). Paul Bladon (Alexis Arquette), another SEAL with 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. Sen. Bladon is bringing along Paul's girlfriend Angela (Maureen Flannigan), though Paul has fallen in love with Emma (Alma Concepcion), a former prostitute who now plans to marry Paul. The third 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 Sen. Bladon, whom he believes is responsible for the closing of the base. Rae Dawn Chong also appears as a U.S. military investigator.


  • Wolfgang Bodison as Commander Hamilton[1][2]
  • Corin Nemec as John Stryzack
  • John Newton as William Hawk (as John Haymes Newton)
  • Alexis Arquette as Paul Bladon
  • Rae Dawn Chong as Special Agent Danzig
  • Nanette Medved as Lisa Velasquez
  • Alma Concepcion as Emma Salazar
  • James Brolin as Ed Johnson
  • Angel Aquino as Maria Salazar
  • Daria Ramirez as Anna
  • Richard Joson as Jimmy Cruz
  • Raymond Bagatsing as Jess Santiago
  • Maureen Flannigan as Angela
  • Michael York as Senator Bladon
  • Michael D. Sellers as Special Agent Cooper
  • Ted Diamandopoulos as Doctor
  • Michael J. Sarna as Large Sailor
  • Lou Degg as Man from Tenassee
  • Matt Yanushewski as Senator Bladen's Security
  • Thomas Klenke as Senator Bladen's Security
  • Loni Rose Ann Roxas as Young Girl in Crowd
  • Lorna Gordon as Young Girl's Mother
  • Lito Martinez as Desk Sergeant #1
  • Ric Sanchez as Desk Sergeant #2
  • May Cruz as Dancer in Red Bikini
  • Mark Landon as Navy Seal #1
  • John McClaren as Navy Seal #2
  • Richard Cunanan as U.S. Marine Captain
  • Laurie Matlock as Opening Credit Voices (voice)
  • Thierry Notz as Opening Credit Voices (voice)
  • Brent A. Schoenfeld as Opening Credit Voices (voice) (as Brent Schoenfeld)
  • Bob Couttie as Opening Credit Voices (voice) (as Robert Couttie)

Production Crew

  • Thierry Notz - Director
  • Deborah Araya - Costume Designer
  • Frederick Bailey - Screenplay
  • Robert Couttie - Screenplay
  • Trina Dayrit - Coproducer
  • Kenneth Deleon - Line Producer
  • Ted Diamondopoulos - Assistant Director
  • Kleber Farano - Production Coordinator
  • Lorna Gordon - Casting
  • Roy Hay - Music
  • Ricardo Lee - Screenplay
  • Sharone Meir - Director of Photography
  • Ed Mitchell - Casting
  • Robin Ray - Casting
  • Dan Reardon - Line Producer
  • Edward Earl Rue - Sound
  • Malou N. Santos - Executive Producer
  • Brent Schoenfeld - Editor
  • Michael Sellers - Screenplay
  • Michael Sellers - Producer
  • Pamela Vlastas - Coproducer

Technical Specifications

The film runs for 1 hour and 55 minutes, and is mixed in Surround Sound.[3][4]


The movie was released in the Philippines on August 20, 1997. It premiered at the Film Market of the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, where the screening attracted curious distributors and the movie garnered some hype. It also premiered on Finland television in 2003.

Critical Reception

When the movie came out, critics found the subject potent and timely. However, the movie also received mixed reviews for its excess of characters and a disorganized end product. It was described as a Philippine film thinly disguised as a Hollywood B-movie, but was also said to have created a starting point to elevate Tagalog films to higher levels of international filmmaking for its high production value.[5]

It holds an Audience Score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on more than 100 ratings.[3]


  1. Goodbye America. IMDb. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  2. Credits: Goodbye America. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goodbye America. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  4. Film Details: Goodbye America. Turner Classic Films. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  5. Gaydos, Steven. Goodbye America. Variety (1 June 1997). Retrieved 20 April 2021.



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