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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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Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
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Storyline

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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refugee | hotel | tutsi | hutu | love | See All (201) »

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

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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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4 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Hotel Ruanda  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Director Terry George had Don Cheadle in mind for the lead part from the beginning of his involvement. During pre-production, potential investors and interested studios wanted Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Mekhi Phifer and even Will Smith because of their suggested bigger drawing capacity at the box office. But due to ultimately producing the film independently and coming up with the money himself, George was able to go back to his original choice. See more »

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When it's raining, it can be seen the sun is shining in the distance in a couple of shots looking away from the hotel. The reflection off Dube's wet coat also looks like sunshine. See more »

Quotes

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

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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod? (2005) See more »

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Mama Ararira
Written by Dorothee Munyaneza / Afro Celt Sound System (Simon Emmerson (as Emmerson) / James McNally (as McNally) / Iarla O'Lionaird (as O'Lionaird) / Martin Russell (as Russell))
Published by Real World Music Ltd.
Arranged, produced, engineered & mixed by Martin Russell at Sonic Innovation 2/UK
(p) 2004 Afro Celt Sound System appear courtesy of Real World Records Ltd.
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A fantastic and powerful film
9 November 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival. I had heard nothing about this film before I read up on it in the Fest guide and originally was going to see something else. But, the subway happened to shut down and I was not going to be able to see the film I originally intended. So, I decided to give this a try.

And I am so very glad I did.

This film is by far the best drama I have seen all year, and indeed was the best film of the 11 I saw at the festival. It is gripping, heart-wrenching, and opens your eyes to so many things. Don Cheadle -- who I am a long time admirer of his work -- is phenomenal in the lead role, and I hope that he is nominated for Best Actor this year, because he certainly deserves it.

I am recommending this film to everybody I know and I hope that it gets a wide distribution because it certainly is a film that needs to be seen. While comparisons can be made to Schindler's List, I think that this film goes further to show that events like the Holocaust can happen any time -- even now -- so long as people look away, just as the UN did in Rwanda. It certainly makes one think about how easy it is for us to forget our history and allow it to be repeated, because (as one character says) we will watch it on TV, say that it is terrible, and go right on eating our dinner. 10/10


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