Hotel Rwanda

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This is a story that really illustrates that the western civilization is basically a white man's world. It is a story of a man's determination to follow what he believes to be morally correct. I hope the world sees this film so that the events that occurred in Rwanda never happens again.

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Should be mandatory for High School

on 4/19/2005

This is a story that really illustrates that the western civilization is basically a white man's world. It is a story of a man's determination to follow what he believes to be morally correct. I hope the world sees this film so that the events that occurred in Rwanda never happens again. Read More

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Wonderful movie

by David on 11/7/2007

This movie does such a great job depicting the genocide that happened in the 90's in Rwanda. It stayed away from being gruesome yet it still depicted how it was. Overall, this movie was done so very well. I Highly recommend it. Read More

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Product Overview

In 1994, as the country of rwanda descended into madness, one man made a rpomise to protect the family he loved - and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. The inspiring story of real-life hero paul rusesabagina who used his courage and cunning to shelter over 1000 refuges from bertain death.

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Studio MGM
SKU 40709391
UPC 027616925121
UPC 14 00027616925121
Format DVD
Release Date 4/4/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Historical
History
Politics
Theatrical Release
True Story
War
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.
Reviews
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
Directors
Terry George
Actors
Don Cheadle
Nick Nolte
Joaquin Phoenix
Sophie Okonedo
Cast & Crew
Andrea Guerra - Musical Score
Don Cheadle - Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
Keir Pearson - Writer
Martin Katz - Executive Producer
Naomi Geraghty - Editor
Nick Nolte - Actor
Robert Fraisse - Cinematographer
Sophie Okonedo - Actor
Terry George - Writer
Terry George - Producer
Terry George - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 1008501
UPC 00027616925121
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2005) Don Cheadle, Nominee, Best Actor,Sophie Okonedo, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Keir Pearson, Terry George, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay
Golden Globe (2005) Don Cheadle, Nominee, Best Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review If you're like me, you probably paid little attention to the attempted genocide that occurred during
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This all succeeds as riveting drama. "Hotel Rwanda" is not about hotel management, but about heroism
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Cheadle,Don
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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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