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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40709391
UPC: 027616925121
UPC 14: 00027616925121
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A true story.
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.

"Magnificent.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Enraging and enthralling.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"An extraordinary and effective film.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/22/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 122 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1008501
Video UPC UPC: 00027616925121
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Don Cheadle
Video Cast Info Joaquin Phoenix
Video Cast Info Nick Nolte
Video Cast Info Sophie Okonedo
Video Cast Info Andrea Guerra - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Keir Pearson - Writer
Video Cast Info Martin Katz - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Naomi Geraghty - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Fraisse - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Terry George - Writer
Video Cast Info Terry George - Producer
Video Cast Info Terry George - Director


Oscar (2005)
   Video Award Name Don Cheadle, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Sophie Okonedo, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Keir Pearson, Terry George, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay

Golden Globe (2005)
   Video Award Name Don Cheadle, Nominee, Best Actor

Professional 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

"Cheadle's performance is impeccable....Deeply moving..." 04/01/2005 p.139

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

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
If you're like me, you probably paid little attention to the attempted genocide that occurred during - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
This all succeeds as riveting drama. "Hotel Rwanda" is not about hotel management, but about heroism - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cheadle,Don
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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