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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Xolani Mali ...
Policeman
Desmond Dube ...
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Tony Kgoroge ...
Gregoire
Rosie Motene ...
Receptionist
Neil McCarthy ...
Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Head Chef (as Kid Sithole)
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Jeremiah Ndlovu ...
Old Guard
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Lebo Mashile ...
Odette
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Thomas Mirama
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Fedens
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1994. In Rwanda, the classification of the native population into Hutus and Tutsis, arbitrarily done by the colonial Belgians, is now ingrained within Rwandan mentality despite the Rwandan independence. Despite the Belgians having placed the Tutsis in a higher position during the Belgian rule, they have placed the majority Hutus in power after independence. Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu married to a Tutsi, Tatiana Rusesabagina, is the House Manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. The Milles Collines, owned by Sabena (the national airline of Belgium), is a four-star hotel catering primarily to wealthy white westerners. Paul, who knows how to work the system to run the hotel effectively for its guests and for Sabena, is proud that most of the Caucasians who he meets in this professional capacity treat him with respect. After a specific incident, the relative calm between the Tutsi guerrillas and government-backed Hutu militia takes a turn. Paul's thought that the native ... Written by Huggo

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


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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)  »

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Hotel Ruanda  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,091 (USA) (26 December 2004)

Gross:

$23,472,900 (USA) (17 April 2005)
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2.35 : 1
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Nick Nolte's character (Col. Oliver) is modeled in part on Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian commanding officer of the UN Peacekeeping mission in that country who attempted to interfere with the Rwandan Genocide despite his superiors' indifference to the atrocity. Dallaire was also the subject of Sundance audience award documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004), and witnessed such horrible acts in Rwanda that he later suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Other than Oliver, there was another fictionalized character: Jack Daglish, who is based off of the Polish photojournalist Stefan Stec, who recorded the Gikondo massacre. See more »

Goofs

The sign on top of the entrance to George Rutaganda's company headquarter reads "Rutagunda", instead of "Rutaganda". 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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Apart from the movie's name, nothing else is shown in the opening titles. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: All About Politics (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Umqombothi
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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One of the most inspiring films I've ever seen.
16 December 2004 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

I have just seen this film and have to say I am deeply moved by it. The premise of the film is about one mans struggle to do the right thing at when everything around him is going wrong.

Don Cheadle is the best African American actor out there. His passion and heart was so strong that moved me almost to tears. There is a definite wish here to let this story to be known to the world.

Its powerful and provocative in its indirect and subtle jabs at the west for not intervening into such a horror that took place in Rwanda.

Very well made and directed. Please see this and let it inspire you as it did me - to try cultivate selfless actions.

Thanks, Ricky Thind


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