In 1988, a docu-drama TV-movie was made chronicling the events leading to the 1986 EDSA People’s Power Revolution. It was originally released as a six-hour HBO mini-series in the
. It was later edited to 162-minute television movie. It was released in home video and was made available in the United States in Laser Disc format. The movie, “A Dangerous Life,” directed by Robert Markowitz, starred a miscast Gary Busey in the role of an American journalist, Tony O’Neil, covering the last years of the Marcos regime. It starts in August 21, 1983 when Senator Benigno Aquino was assassinated and ends in February 25, 1986 when the Marcoses fled the country and installed Corazon Aquino to power. What could have been a relatively good movie turned out to be a disaster in some parts--- a ridiculous and funny retelling of some important and momentous events. Some scenes were filmed in Sri Lanka when then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and the government ordered the producers out of the country for taking liberties with the truth. It’s funny seeing Sri Lankans as Filipinos in the EDSA uprising. Another scene with Imelda (played by Tessie Tomas) singing Philippines New York New York on the plane to ? Hawaii
There are some good scenes but one of the best parts of the movie worth mentioning was when Ruben Rustia as Marcos, felt betrayed, disappointed and frustrated, being told by the US government to "cut clean and leave." The whole Marcos household was in total disarray and you'll feel the Marcoses'anguish and agony losing grip of the power they held for 20 long years.