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Tears of the Sun (2003)

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A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

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Antoine Fuqua
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Lieutenant A.K. Waters
Monica Bellucci ... Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks
Cole Hauser ... James 'Red' Atkins
Eamonn Walker ... Ellis 'Zee' Pettigrew
Johnny Messner ... Kelly Lake
Nick Chinlund ... Michael 'Slo' Slowenski
Charles Ingram ... Demetrius 'Silk' Owens
Paul Francis ... Danny 'Doc' Kelley
Chad Smith ... Jason 'Flea' Mabry
Tom Skerritt ... Captain Bill Rhodes
Malick Bowens ... Colonel Idris Sadick
Awaovieyi Agie Awaovieyi Agie ... Musa
Akosua Busia ... Patience
Hadar Busia-Singleton Hadar Busia-Singleton ... Amaka
Ida Onyango Ida Onyango ... Lasana
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Storyline

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

He was trained to follow orders. He became a hero by defying them. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence, some brutality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostile Act See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,057,213, 9 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,734,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,733,286
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Tensions between director Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis emerged soon after principal photography began, ending with each vowing never to work with the other again. See more »

Goofs

When they were leaving the village they said it was 12 clicks to the pick up point. Later they said they have gone 5 clicks and have 7 more miles to go. 1 click (kilometer) equals 0.62 miles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female news reader: [voiceover] The tension that had been brewing for months in Nigeria exploded yesterday as exiled General Mustafa Yakubu orchestrated a swift and violent coup against the democratically elected government of President Samuel Azuka. In a land with 120 million people and over 250 ethnic groups, there'd been a long-standing history of ethnic enmity, particularly between the Fulani Moslems in the north and Christian Ibo in the south. The victorious Fulani rebels have taken to the streets...
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Crazy Credits

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD Director's Extended Cut is 142 minutes (theatrical version 121 minutes). See more »

Connections

Featured in Journey to Safety: Making 'Tears of the Sun' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart Of Darkness
Composed by Hans Zimmer
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony (as The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)
Orchestrated By Yvonne S. Moriarty (as Suzette Moriarty)
Conductor/ Orchestrated By, Bruce Fowler
(p) © 2003 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC.
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" I broke my own rule and gave a dam! "
30 September 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Films about war often share several things in common. The primary ingredients are lot's of guns, good explosive action scenes and a believable story. Have one and not the others and it will surely fail. The movie " Tears of The Sun " has several. Our story is framed around Seal Team leader Lt. A.K.Waters (Bruce Willis) who is selected by his commanding officer Capt. Bill Rhodes (Tom Skerritt) for a simple rescue mission. He is to clandestinely enter the sovereign territory of Nigeria, a battle-scarred nation in the mists of a civil war and rescue a tiny group of white missionaries and take them to safety. Easy enough. However, the situation becomes complicated by the group's refusal to leave, or to travel without taking the African people with them. For a soldier, it's easy, take the group by force and leave the people. However, Waters' and his team, decide to become humanitarians and rescue all the Nigerian refugees whatever the consequences. The main consequence is; the team is a ten man squad and after their decision become the quarry of a thousand angry Nigerian soldiers. This is a good film for Willis, but becomes entangled within it's multiple plots. Still, it contains two of the prescribed ingredients and therefore makes for a good movie. ****


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