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Writers (WGA):
Keir Pearson (written by) &
Terry George (written by)
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When a country descended into madness and the world turned its back, one man had to make a choice See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 38 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Terry George 
Writing credits
Keir Pearson (written by) &
Terry George (written by)

Produced by
Sam Bhembe .... executive producer
Roberto Cicutto .... executive producer
Izidore Codron .... co-executive producer
Sally French .... line producer
Terry George .... producer
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Martin Katz .... executive producer (as Martin F Katz)
Francesco Melzi d'Eril .... executive producer (as Francesco Melzi D'Eril)
Nicolas Meyer .... co-executive producer
Luigi Musini .... co-producer
Keir Pearson .... co-executive producer
Bridget Pickering .... co-producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Hal Sadoff .... executive producer
Original Music by
Afro Celt Sound System 
Rupert Gregson-Williams 
Andrea Guerra 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Naomi Geraghty 
Casting by
Moonyeenn Lee 
Richard Pagano  (as Rick Pagano)
Production Design by
Johnny Breedt 
Tony Burrough 
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt 
Set Decoration by
Estelle Ballack  (as Estelle 'Flo' Ballack)
Costume Design by
Ruy Filipe 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Belcher .... chief makeup artist
Angie Boshoff .... crowd makeup artist
Tania Brooke .... makeup artist
Jacques Gerber .... crowd hairdresser
Charles Khoza .... hair assistant
Marli Kruger .... makeup assistant: extras
Gladys Tshidi Phokompe .... makeup assistant
Lianne Scott .... makeup assistant
Melissa Slabbert .... makeup assistant
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... chief hairdresser
Production Management
Renier Gerhard Cordier .... assistant unit manager
Oorlagh George .... production manager: Kigali
A. Kitman Ho .... unit production manager
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Hendrik H. Spangenberg .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carin de Kock .... second second assistant director (as Carin De Kock)
A. Kitman Ho .... second unit director
Vincent Moloi .... assistant director trainee
Alex Oakley .... second assistant director (as Alexander Oakley)
Lance Roehrig .... second second assistant director
Lionel Steketee .... first assistant director
Chris van Latum .... second second assistant director (as Christian Van Latum)
Art Department
Fourie Ackerman .... head scenic (as Hermanus 'Fourie' Ackerman)
Paul Barker .... greens assistant
Ray Berman .... draughtsman
Ray Berman .... storyboard artist
Ralf Buchmann .... prop master
Marina Helena Constandse .... art department runner
Graham Derrocks .... construction foreman
Tamzin Ellett .... art department coordinator
Bryn George .... prop master
Brendan Gifford .... stand-by carpenter
Mitch Gordon .... greensman
Shira Hockman .... draughtsman
Marsha Holtzhausen .... scenic
Mohammed Hoosain .... construction
Pieter Willem Kleinhaus .... rigger
Pieter Willem Kleinhaus .... welder
Melinda Launspach .... scenic artist
Michel John Law .... greens assistant (as Michael John Law)
Bongani Ledwaba .... set dresser
Kerwin Macks .... storeman
Marlon Macks .... construction runner (as Marlon Brando Macks)
Louis Marais .... construction foreman
Winston Mazibuko .... set dresser
Alfred Mkwanazi .... construction assistant
Bheki Mncube .... props
Raymond Muller .... construction manager (as Raymond G. Muller)
George Ndlovu .... stand-by set dresser
Archibald Nkosi .... set dresser
Richard Ntuli .... scenic
Thomas Potsane .... set dresser
Theron Ramatladi .... props assistant
James Ryan .... art department runner
Vicky Sawkins .... assistant set dresser
Hertzog Schalekamp .... draughtsman
Samson Sitole .... assistant stand-by
Ralph Smit .... storeman
Julian Stobbs .... assistant greensman
James Lee Taylor .... props buyer
Ashleigh Tobias .... set dresser
Bob Toms .... stand-by props
Isaac Tsotetsi .... set dresser
Keith Ricardo Vander Vent .... construction supervisor (as Keith Ricardo Van Der Vent)
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael Rossouw .... junior carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Rossouw .... props (uncredited)
Jackie Yau .... set decorator: UK (uncredited)
Sound Department
Damiano Antinori .... ProTools operator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Peter Burgess .... foley artist
Paul Carr .... foley mixer
Doug Cooper .... sound re-recording mixer (as Douglas Cooper)
Anneline De Kock .... sound assistant
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Kennedy .... sound effects editor
Nick Lowe .... adr editor
Conor Mackey .... adr editor
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Nigel Mills .... supervising sound editor
Mark Paterson .... foley mixer
June Prinz .... boom operator
Emily Reynolds .... assistant sound editor
Ashley Seale .... sound trainee
Nigel Stone .... dialogue editor
David Sutton .... boom operator
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
Mike Wood .... foley editor
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Curt Cash .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jim Petrak .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer (uncredited)
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Mahlangu .... special effects coordinator
Gavin Meadon .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Lyndy Brown .... studio manager: Baseblack Ltd
Mike Connolly .... senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd (as Michael Connolly)
Stephen Elson .... visual effects producer: Baseblack Ltd
Per Karefelt .... 3d artist: Baseblack Ltd
John Kozak .... systems administration: Baseblack Ltd
Donal Nolan .... compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Chris Panton .... effects animator: Baseblack Ltd
Chris Panton .... senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Paul Poetsch .... senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Petra Schwane .... compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Clare Tinsley .... visual effects coordinator: Baseblack Ltd
Val Wardlaw .... 3d lead: Baseblack Ltd
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects supervisor: Baseblack Ltd
Tim Baxter .... film recording (uncredited)
Graham Press .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Blid Alsbirk .... still photographer (as Karin Blid Alsbirk)
Simon Cave .... electrician
Emmanuel Chonco .... electrician
Frank Connor .... special still photographer
Lars Cox .... camera focus: "a" camera
Vincent G. Cox .... camera operator: additional footage
Shani Hayward .... camera loader: "a" camera
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator: "a" camera
Troy Lee .... camera loader: "b" camera
Alfred Manzini .... electrician
Patric Mashilo .... grip (as Patrick Mashilo)
Godfrey Nkese .... generator operator
Charl Phyfer .... key grip
Peter Sekele .... video assist trainee
Kenneth Shange .... second company grip
Mark Sherman .... assistant lighting technician
Bruce Thomas .... chief lighting technician
Derek Ueckermann .... loader
Deon Vermeulen .... camera operator: "b" camera
Deon Vermeulen .... steadicam operator
Anton Wehmeyer .... camera focus: "b" camera
Wesley Williams .... grip
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Janet Farris .... casting associate (uncredited)
Belinda Kruger .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Izelle Borejszo .... wardrobe assistant (as Zelle Borejszo)
Sannah Happy Dedibe .... seamstress
Mathilda Engelbrecht .... pattern cutter
Melanie Finch .... wardrobe
Tamlin French .... wardrobe
Melissa Gates .... wardrobe assistant
Peta Hunter .... wardrobe mistress
Melanie Lubbe .... wardrobe assistant
Natalie Lundon .... wardrobe assistant
Thembi Madladla .... wardrobe assistant (as Thembi Faith Madlala)
Vivienne Mahloko .... wardrobe trainee
Ada Meyer .... wardrobe assistant
Brenda Mogale .... seamstress
Rose Ntombi Parker .... seamstress
Zahele Rathlepe .... seamstress
Shelele Sekhu .... wardrobe assistant
Natacha T. Stevens .... wardrobe assistant (as Natasha T. Stevens)
Warren Van Niekerk .... wardrobe runner
Johannes Christian Vorster .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor
Thato Segoto .... trainee: editing
Arturo Sosa .... post-production consultant
Nicci Van Niekerk .... assistant editor (as Christelle Nicole Van Niekerk)
Verity Wislocki .... post-production coordinator
Kenny Becker .... final color timer (uncredited)
Louise Mycielski .... rushes telecine supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... music programmer: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Becky Bentham .... music supervisor: Hot House Music
Budd Carr .... executive music supervisor
Simon Changer .... track laying: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Michael Connell .... music editor
Coro Da Camera Del C.I.M.A. .... choir: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Mario Crispi .... musician: ethnic woods soloist, Andrea Guerra's compositions
Guy Fletcher .... music mixer: A-Bay Studios, Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Rebecca Gatrell .... music supervisor: Hot House Music (as Becca Gatrell)
Andrea Guerra .... orchestrator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Christian Henson .... music programmer: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Alastair King .... additional score arranger: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Giannandrea Mazza .... maestro assistant: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Dorothee Munyaneza .... musician: 'tall trees' featured vocals, Andrea Guerra's compositions
Gianfranco Plenizio .... conductor: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Tony Puia .... midi programmer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Luca Salvadori .... orchestrator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Marco Streccioni .... music engineer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Attilio Tucci .... music assistant engineer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Nora Felder .... executive music producer (uncredited)
Joe Henson .... music programmer (uncredited)
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager (uncredited)
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sean Berkhout .... transport manager
Steven David Clayton .... assistant action vehicle coordinator
Jimmy Davies .... action vehicles coordinator
Pieter De Lange .... action vehicles coordinator
Eugene Kok .... action vehicle assistant
Elias Makhanya .... driver
Albert Maphosho .... driver
Gabriel Mashaba .... driver (as Gabriel Machaba)
Lesiba Joe Mphela .... transport coordinator
Hodges Sibeko .... driver
Jannie Visser .... transport coordinator
Other crew
Alison Brister .... legal: Ingenious Films
Cher Budd .... assistant: Terry George
Elaine Burt .... production coordinator
Rita Dal Chiappa .... production secretary: Mikado Film
Gert Cordier .... medic
Felicity Downing .... assistant accountant
Michael David Driscoll .... armorer
Cheryl Eatock .... production runner
Jana Eramus .... assistant production coordinator
Clair Evans .... assistant crowd coordinator
Janice Finegan .... medic
Nicholas Finegan .... medic
Ferdinanda Frangipane .... production delegate: Italy. Mikado Film
Retha Geldenhuys .... accounts assistant
Bob Gibson .... army advisor
Rob Harris .... publicity consultant
Natalie Hook .... assistant: Don Cheadle
Leigh Human .... production travel
Paula Jalfon .... physical production: Ingenious Films
Raymond Kalisa .... assistant production coordinator: Kigali
Paul Kamera .... production assistant: Kigali
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance: Joan Pearce Research Associates
Darryl Kruger .... base camp manager
Brian Letlhabane .... assistant: Terry George
M.J. Magbanua .... consultant: special projects
Sirish Malde .... auditor: Malde & Co.
Joseph Malele .... production runner
Arthur Manson .... producer's representative
Steven Maresch .... unit publicist
Ciara McGowan .... assistant production coordinator
David Mellor .... post-production accountant
Hugo Mellor .... assistant post-production accountant
Sello Molefe .... training coordinator
Leon Morenzie .... dialect coach
Duma Nkosi .... script supervisor trainee
Claribel Nkwili .... production assistant
Brawley Nolte .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Elisabetta Olmi .... edition coordinator: Mikado Film
Vincent Thuso Paneng .... assistant: Sophie Okonedo
Matt Polish .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Fiona Ramsey .... dialect coach
Neo Raphoto .... production trainee
Paul Rusesabagina .... consultant
Ashok Shah .... auditor: Malde & Co.
Diana Sikhosana .... production office craft
Nanie Taylor .... tutor
Bruce Thackwell .... location manager
Alistair Thompson .... production accountant
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Melvin Van Ross .... cashier
Lisa Vick .... script supervisor
Danielle Gia Vinokur .... location assistant
Bruce Wentzel .... armorer
Hendrix White .... on-set mechanic
David Williams .... crowd coordinator
Janine Williams .... production accommodation
Danny Wimborne .... assistant: Terry George
Lesley Wise .... legal: Ingenious Films
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Scott Challgren .... legal assistant (uncredited)
Richard Harding .... consultant (uncredited)
Rachel James .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Richard McCarthy .... freight coordinator (uncredited)
Michael S. Murphey .... film finances representative (uncredited)
Robert Nickson .... financing (uncredited)
Chris Roland .... production & financing consultant (uncredited)
Joseph Demali .... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Basil Ford .... the producers wish to thank: The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Jean Baptiste Gasisira .... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Anita Haguma .... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Khalipha Edward Mbalo .... the producers wish to thank: The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa
Zama Mkosi .... the producers wish to thank: The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Mogopodi Mokoena .... the producers wish to thank: Director General of Gauteng Provisional Government
Jean De Dieu Ntiruhungwa .... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Odette Nyiramilimo .... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Mbhazima Shilowa .... the producers wish to thank: Premier of Gauteng Provisional Government
Themba Sibeko .... the producers wish to thank: Gauteng Film Office
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language (re-rating on appeal)
121 min
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Factual errors: The shoulder rank insignia of the Canadian Army Colonel in charge of the UN contingent is incorrect: The rank badge should include the word "CANADA" at the outside edge of the epaulet. He is also shown wearing shoulder board insignia which is more typical of a naval officer instead of a senior officer in the Canadian Army. He should have shoulder-mark insignia that slips over the shoulder straps.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...
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant movie that deserved a Best Picture Oscar-nomination, 16 February 2005
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

At one point in "Hotel Rwanda," our hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) asks an American TV reporter (Joaquin Phoenix) how the western world could not intervene after seeing scenes of women and children being hacked by machete-wielding Hutu militia.

How could they not, indeed! As we all know, the west didn't intervene. Not surprising, really. After all, this was Africa and Rwanda had no oil reserves. The people being killed were innocent men, women and children, but they were poor and black.

A few years ago, former President Bill Clinton apologized to Rwandans for not intervening during the 100-day massacre that saw about one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus slaughtered in the most barbaric manner. It was gracious of Clinton, but a fat lot of good his apology did to the people who were killed and their families.

The Rwandan genocide - that's what it was, though western leaders split hairs over the meaning of genocide – also was a black mark on western nations, which simply got their citizens out of Rwanda and then remained indifferent to the senseless killings.

Terry George's film gives us one story about the Rwandan genocide, of one hero, Paul, a savvy, clever and cunning manager of a swank, four-star Belgian hotel in the capital, Kigali. When the massacres began, Paul, a Hutu, sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the hotel and saved them from the wrath of the bloodthirsty mobs.

Working from a smart script by Keir Pearson and George, "Hotel Rwanda" contains gutwrenching and emotionally trying moments not seen on the big screen since "Schindler's List" (1993). But whereas Spielberg's masterpiece was more arty and artistic - and I don't mean that pejoratively - George's film seems more immediate. Maybe it's because we now see a similar slaughter of poor, downtrodden people in the Darfur region of Sudan and, again, western nations aren't doing much other than threatening to rap the knuckles of the bad guys like angry teachers. This crisis gives "Hotel Rwanda" a sense of urgency.

As visceral as this film is at times, George handles everything in muted fashion. We never see the horrors firsthand. There's brief news footage of people being killed and one particularly searing scene when Paul and his bellhop Gregoire (Tony Kgoroge) find themselves on a bumpy road. The moment's made more horrifying because George unveils it quite matter-of-factly.

Making a PG-13 film about genocide requires numerous compromises. Putting most, if not all, of the violence off-camera is one such bargain George made. True, a closer look at the massacre would have rightly tortured us. But the film, nevertheless, works without gruesome moments. Pearson and George set out to make a story of heroism, survival, love and compassion amid the madness. And they succeeded.

Cheadle carries the entire film. There isn't a false note in his performance. For years, he's turned in one superb performance after another. He's one of those actors who never hits it wrong and whose performances always stand out even if the films themselves aren't all that memorable. Here, he's in equal measure the smooth manager, man with a conscience and frightened husband and father. You can sense Paul's frustration, though Cheadle rarely displays any vulnerability.

He gets great support from Sophie Okonedo as Paul's Tutsi wife, Tatiana, and Nick Nolte doing his best work in years as a Canadian United Nations officer, Colonel Oliver. Okonedo and Cheadle are utterly believable as a couple. They have one traumatic scene on the hotel roof, a quietly powerful moment that tugs at our heartstrings as we watch two people who love each other try to deal with what could happen. Okonedo conveys anger, fear and pain without ever turning the moment sentimental or needlessly overwrought. That's why the moment's shattering.

"Hotel Rwanda" isn't flawless. George doesn't harshly indict the west for its indifference. Also, some scenes, especially one near the film's end, seem staged for obvious dramatic effect, to play with our sense of sympathy and dread. But minor faults can easily be forgiven because the rest of the film works so well, never sensationalizing any moment. The film's straightforward approach gives it more power, makes it more trenchant and meaningful.

I would like to believe that we learn from history and the more powerful western nations will always come to the aid of oppressed people everywhere. But we're doing little in Darfur and although President George W. Bush openly touts his vision to spread liberty and democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere, I doubt he actually means it. After all, this freedom doctrine was something he created only after his initial justification for waging an unjust war - Iraq's supposed stockpiles of WMD - proved to be wholly without merit or fact. I doubt he actually considers bringing liberty to places like Zimbabwe or Burma. He speaks of the need for people to be free, conveniently ignoring some dictatorial nations - Pakistan and Turkmenistan, for instance - because they happen to be our allies. And so the dumb foreign policy continues.

I can only hope the success of "Hotel Rwanda" will prompt other gutsy screenwriters and filmmakers to tell us more stories about the horrors that took place and the complacency of industrialized nations that could have helped and chose not to.

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