Mission Manila (1987) from Tuna

Mission Manila (1987) is a low budget thriller shot in the Philippines. 

There are a lot of bad guys, and they have something to do with drugs, and also seem to have other crime interests. Then there is our hero, who flies back from the states to find and rescue his brother who is in deep with the bad guys. 

He meets his brother's fiancee on the plane, although neither realize it at the time. His brother's wife, Maria, is at the airport to meet him. He shoots, knifes, and otherwise maims a lot of people, the fiancee is shot in the head while under his protection, and other things go on that were far too muddled to follow. 


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DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen

  • no features

  • dark and blurry

Isabel Lopez, as a bar girl, shows her nipple in a flashback, and wears some sexy outfits. 

The DVD case says that our hero is ex CIA, and that he is fighting corrupt CIA agents. Might be true, but you couldn't prove it by anything that happens in the film. Nobody has seen or reviewed it, proving again that the public sometimes has more sense than I do. 

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: not enough votes for a score
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D-.

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