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

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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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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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2.39 : 1
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A scene where Bruce Willis kissed Monica Belluci was shot, but deleted after a test screening. See more »

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Per U.S. law and military doctrine (e.g., Joint Publication 3-68), U.S. civilian citizens who are not employed by the U.S. Government cannot be forced to evacuate. When Dr. Kendricks refused, she should not have been forced to leave. When LT Waters reported that she did not want to leave, CAPT Rhodes would not have ordered him, even implicitly, to violate her wishes. (This is not a "character error," per IMDb guidelines, because it is a major plot point and there is no indication that CAPT Rhodes or the team is intentionally violating U.S. policy, or that their superiors are ordering them to violate U.S. policy.) See more »

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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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"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 »

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Featured in Action Heroes: Under Fire (2003) See more »

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Under The Forest Calm
Written By Andreas Vollenweider, Heitor Pereira
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony (as The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)
(p) © 2003 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC.
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'War Movie' With A Noble Message
22 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The is a solid "war" movie with U.S. Navy Seals, led by Bruce Willis, rescuing an American doctor and 70 of her patients from war-torn Nigeria. This is violent and bloody n parts but definitely not another "Blackhawk Down" with overdone violence (although I liked Blackhawk Down).

This is beautifully-filmed, artistic in spots. I imagine this would look super on HD with a big plasma TV. The sound is excellent, too.

Critics didn't like this movie. I suspect one big reason is that they are used to seeing films in which Christians are shown as sympathetic victims of persecution. Critics also don't like to see the right thing being exalted.

Willis is perfect for this role as the strong, stone-faced leader. Monica Bellucci could have been a little more likable as the doctor. The story gets a little too melodramatic at the end, but it's tolerable.

This is not a family film by any means, because of the violence, perhaps 20 f- words and a dozen abuses of the Lord's name in vain. Still, an interesting movie with a different slant, and at least has a noble message.


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