Hotel Rwanda (Blu-ray)

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As his country descends into madness, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees ? with only his wits and words to help keep them alive another hour... another day.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 220420701
UPC 883904232117
UPC 14 00883904232117
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/21/2014
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Don Cheadle gives a riveting performance as Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a European-owned hotel in Rwanda, who created a secret refugee camp for the Tutsi people during the brutal genocide committed against them by the Hutu people in 1994. His efforts helped to save 1200 lives out of close to a million who were killed. HOTEL RWANDA shows this man's courage, while also capturing the political events that occurred between April and September '94. First, United Nations soldiers are restricted from fighting back against Hutu guerillas, even after the Rwandan president is assassinated and the country is thrown into chaos. But as the fighting worsens, all non-Rwandans including UN peacekeepers, Europeans, and Americans are evacuated. This leaves the Tutsi people defenseless against aggressive Hutus who are armed with machine guns and machetes. While working the system with strategic phone calls to powerful international contacts of the hotel, Rusesabagina also uses smart lies and power plays to hold off the Hutus. The morale among the refugees is low, but because they are protected from the inconceivable brutality happening outside the hotel's gates, they maintain a sense of hope. Powerful acting from all cast members, including throngs of children, makes this film touching and believable. Sophie Okonedo offers moving support as Rusesabagina's wife Tatiana, Nick Nolte shows knowing machismo as an American UN officer, and Joaquin Phoenix turns in a heartfelt display as a TV journalist. But it is the delicate treatment that director Terry George gives the insane, helpless situation depicted in HOTEL RWANDA which makes the film so penetrating. While the violence and gore of the genocide play a disturbing part in the film, the focus lies on the heroism of its protagonist and the strength with which he navigates under seemingly impossible odds.
Rolling Stone "[T]his is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart." 12/30/2004 p.171
New York Times "[A] wrenching film..." 12/22/2004 p.E1
USA Today "Cheadle already is generating well-deserved Oscar talk, as is the movie..." 12/22/2004 p.3D
Los Angeles Times "[The film's] strength is its refusal to stint on the horrors and atrocities, in being unafraid to show us a vivid picture of the blood lust that gripped that country seemingly out of nowhere." 12/22/2004 p.E17
Chicago Sun-Times "Cheadle etches a vivid character in the foreground." 12/01/2004 p.103-4
Uncut "Cheadle's performance is impeccable....Deeply moving..." 04/01/2005 p.139,Ranked #25 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "George's film repeatedly asks why the world community failed to intervene. Powerful emotive filmmaking." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Sight and Sound "[I]n his first leading role Cheadle pitches it exactly right....The story is what matters here. And as current events in Darfur show, it's one that can't be told too often." 04/01/2005 p.60-62
Terry George
Don Cheadle
Nick Nolte
Joaquin Phoenix
Sophie Okonedo
Cast & Crew
Don Cheadle - Star
Nick Nolte - Star
Joaquin Phoenix - Star
Sophie Okonedo - Star
Sam Bhembe - Executive Producer
Duncan Reid - Executive Producer
Keir Pearson - Screenwriter
Andrea Guerra - Composer
Martin Katz - Executive Producer
Terry George - Screenwriter
A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams - Composer
Terry George - Producer
Hal Sadoff - Executive Producer
Robert Fraisse - Director of Photography
Terry George - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
UPC 00883904232117
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (2005) Don Cheadle, Nominee, Best Actor,Sophie Okonedo, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Magnificent.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Enraging and enthralling.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle An extraordinary and effective film.

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