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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  4 February 2005 (USA)
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The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.


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During the 1990s, 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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Plot Keywords:

refugee | hotel | tutsi | hutu | love | See All (199) »


When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms. See more »


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel Ruanda  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,091 (USA) (24 December 2004)


$77,125 (South Africa) (17 June 2005)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In April 2010, then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted that the film had made him cry. See more »


English was not at that time an official language in Rwanda, but the signs at the hotel are in English first with French below. Also, advertisements and shop names in English can be seen. See more »


[first lines]
George Rutaganda: [voiceover] When people ask me, good listeners, why do I hate all the Tutsi, I say, "Read our history." The Tutsi were collaborators for the Belgian colonists, they stole our Hutu land, they whipped us. Now they have come back, these Tutsi rebels. They are cockroaches. They are murderers. Rwanda is our Hutu land. We are the majority. They are a minority of traitors and invaders. We will squash the infestation. We will wipe out the RPF rebels. This is RTLM, Hutu power radio. Stay ...
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank the people of Alexandra and Thembisa, Johannesburg, S.A. See more »


Million Voices
Performed by Wyclef Jean
Written by Wyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and Andrea Guerra
Published by Huss-Zwingli Publishing / Sony ATV Publishing / EMI Music Publishing
Produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis
Wyclef Jean appears courtesy of Clef Records
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User Reviews

An absolute must see
6 January 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The only comment I can give about this movie is - SEE IT. It's one of the most heart wrenching, yet beautiful movies I've ever seen. I really hope Don Cheadle and the movie receive Oscars! The acting is superb and the fact this is based upon a true story only makes it better. You may need some Kleenex as I was overwhelmed for a large part of this movie.

I had the honor of seeing this movie at a preview screening with the real "Paul" and his wife attending - what an absolute amazing experience to be in their presence. This movie will make you rethink everything about what it means to be human and how much we need to think about all our neighbours in this world.

Don't miss it!

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