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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 4 February 2005 (USA)
Paul Rusesabagina was 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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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  »

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Box Office


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$23,472,900 (USA) (15 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Paul says goodbye to the refugees at the hotel, US President Bill Clinton can be seen as Man of the Year on the cover of Time Magazine. See more »


The other hotel where Paul Rusesabagina keeps a safe, has a sign calling it "Hotel Diplomat". As Rwanda was fully francophone in 1994, this particular hotel was called and spelled "Hotel des Diplomates". 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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Apart from the movie's name, nothing else is shown in the opening titles. See more »


Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »


Written by Attie Van Wyk & Chiccotwala
Performed by Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd. on behalf of Tela Music
Courtesy of Universal Records
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so powerful and amazing
9 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have never been so touched by a movie. It was the hardest movie I have ever sat through but also the best. it's so easy to ignore human rights abuses if they are not happening to you or your family, but just because you ignore it, they are still happening. i hope this movie receives the praise it deserves. i am frustrated because nothing i can type can represent how powerful this movie is or how much it moved me. i can't comment on the amazing acting or cinematography or directing because the movie transported me. i did not think about the making of the movie but rather sat shocked and horrified and nauseated and inspired. there was the red cross agent. there were heroes and while human nature perverts and the thin veil of culture unravels, there is still good. i have to look at the good of the heroes in the movie and of the people that wrote the movie, and realize that going to the movies doesn't have to be about escapism. it can be about reality. this is a must-see, not because it will make you laugh but because it will make you think and feel.

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