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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

A true story of a man who fought impossible odds to save everyone he could and created a place where hope survived.

Original Title : Hotel Rwanda
Director : Terry George
Writer : Keir Pearson
Terry George
Genre : Drama
History/Thriller/War
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Roberto Cicutto , Izidore Codron , Sally French , Terry George , A. Kitman Ho , Martin Katz , Nicolas Meyer , Luigi Musini , Keir Pearson , Bridget Pickering , Duncan Reid , Hal Sadoff
Music : Rupert Gregson-Williams
Andrea Guerra
Martin Russell
Photography : Robert Fraisse
Distributor : United Artists
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 on appeal for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language.
IMDB ID : 0395169
Official site : http://www.metrofilms.com/hotelrwanda/
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poster for "Hotel Rwanda" by Terry George (2004)
Hotel Rwanda (2004) - Terry George
 

Starring

Xolani Mali Policeman
Don Cheadle Paul Rusesabagina
Desmond Dube Dube
Hakeem Kae-Kazim George Rutaganda
Tony Kgoroge Gregoire
Rosie Motene Receptionist
Neil McCarthy Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole Head Chef (as Kid Sithole
Nick Nolte Colonel Oliver
Fana Mokoena General Bizimungu
Jeremiah Ndlovu Old Guard
Sophie Okonedo Tatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo Mashile Odette
Antonio David Lyons Thomas Mirama
Leleti Khumalo Fedens
Kgomotso Seitshohlo Anais
Lerato Mokgotho Carine
Mosa Kaiser Elys Rusesabagina
Mathabo Pieterson Diane Rusesabagina
Ofentse Modiselle Roger Rusesabagina
David O'Hara David
Joaquin Phoenix Jack Daglish
Lennox Mathabathe Peter
Mothusi Magano Benedict
Noxolo Maqashalala Chloe, Prostitute
Thulani Nyembe Jean Baptiste (as Thulane Nyembe
Simo Mogwaza Hutu Captain (as Simo Magwaza
Mirriam Ngomani Gregoire's Girlfriend
Cara Seymour Pat Archer
Harriet Lenabe Alice the Waitress (as Harriet Manamela
Roberto Citran Priest
Mduduzi Mabaso Hutu Lieutenant
Sonni Chidiebere Militiaman
Thomas Kariuki Xavier
Sibusiso Mhlangu Militiaman (as Sibusiso Mhlongo
Ashleigh Tobias Medic
Jean Reno Sabena Airlines President, Mr. Tillens (uncredited
 

Plot

Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages.
 

Comments

Shaming and compelling, 19 December 2004 Author: larajane from London Anything I say in this review is probably redundant, because there isn't a single negative review in all the comments so far here, and I agree wholeheartedly with what has been said by other reviewers.Nevertheless Hotel Rwanda is that rare kind of movie experience that doesn't easily relinquish its hold on the audience just because the credits have rolled. Watching with a friend, after ten minutes we had to pause the film because we decided we would be better served if we were more informed about what the basic facts of the conflict in Rwanda were. So to my shame, we had to read on the internet about what really happened, before we could continue. I say shame because we should have known, both of us were of an age when it happened to have taken more of an interest in world politics.The film is beautifully understated, eschewing sentimentality in favour of raw emotion and letting the story tell itself. The acting was flawless - Don Cheadle's breathtaking performance being a particular standout - and the direction didn't falter, despite all the potential pitfalls of dramatising a recent and horrific conflict. The scenes which were hardest to watch in terms of tension and violence were often suffused with humour and hope.It's difficult sometimes to separate the significance of the true story, from the artistry of the product, and often I get impatient with 'worthy' movies scoring big at Oscar time because it seems as though important stories ought to be rewarded, whether or not they make good films. However, I can't recall being so profoundly moved by a film since I saw The Grey Zone, and I hope Hotel Rwanda gets all the plaudits it deserves.
 
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