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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

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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In April 2010, then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted that the film had made him cry. See more »


When Paul Rusesabagina and Tatiana Rusesabagina are embracing on the roof, Tatiana wraps her left arm around Paul's back and behind his right shoulder but in the next shot her left arm is pulled in tight against Paul's chest. 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

Part of the profits from this film shall go to The Rwandese Survivors Fund. See more »


Featured in 36th NAACP Image Awards (2005) See more »


Arranged by Dorothee Munyaneza (as Dorothee) & Faith Munyaneza
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Documentary Feel & an Acting Treasure - A must see.
9 December 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Just saw the San Francisco premier last night and it isn't a dramatization - it's much more of a documentary -- Hotel is extremely factual. CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS FILM! INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!

The Director and the story's protagonist were at the screening to answer questions. We ovated him for almost 10 minutes. Near the end of the q&a, an older man stood up and was called on. Slowly he commented that as a Tutsi, the movie gave him a lot to think about and that it may now be possible to find peace in his heart. The audience was stunned. And believe me, it takes a lot to silence a San Francisco audience.

One last comment, the film is indpendently made and distributed - no Hollywood involvement at all (Terry George is British). There will be no machine pumping out ads and radio anouncements about this one. Help get the word out - great film!

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