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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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Terry George
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Paul Rusesabagina
Xolani Mali Xolani Mali ... Policeman
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... Dube
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... George Rutaganda
Tony Kgoroge Tony Kgoroge ... Gregoire
Rosie Motene ... Receptionist
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ... Head Chef (as Kid Sithole)
Nick Nolte ... Colonel Oliver
Fana Mokoena ... General Bizimungu
Jeremiah Ndlovu Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Old Guard
Sophie Okonedo ... Tatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo Mashile Lebo Mashile ... Odette
Antonio David Lyons ... Thomas Mirama
Leleti Khumalo ... Fedens
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | South Africa | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Ruanda See more »

Filming Locations:

Rwanda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£381,601 (United Kingdom), 4 March 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,091, 26 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,530,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,532,987
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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When Colonel Oliver talks about the beginning of the negotiations, a photographer is seen in the front row shooting the speaker with a reflex lens. This kind of lens can not focus down to less than 3 meters as seen in the film and would be useless anyway because of an excessive magnification. 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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Part of the profits from this film shall go to The Rwandese Survivors Fund. See more »

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Olugendo Lw'e Bulaya
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from the Womad Select album 'Olugendo' WSCD 106
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An important film for our time
24 November 2004 | by jmankoffSee all my reviews

I attended the United States premier of Hotel Rwanda on November 3rd, 2004 in Philadelphia. I have never written a review for a movie before, but this movie was excellent and I am urging everyone I know that they should see it as well.

I lived in Rwanda in the summer of '04. I have read several books on the history of Rwanda and talked about the '94 genocide with locals in Rwanda and also with Rwandans living in the US. I am by no means an expert on the history or the country, but I do know a fair amount about it, which is part of why I am writing this review.

The movie was an excellent reproduction of what Rwanda is like and it tells the true story of one of the many heroes during that time. While it is a sad movie, it is also a story of hope. The portrayal of the violence was subtle and powerful, but not overly graphic. The movie focuses on the efforts of the manager of an upscale hotel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda to protect the guests/refugees streaming into his hotel to escape the killing. The writer/directory (who spoke after the premier) said that he made an effort to get a PG13 rating rather than an R rating to ensure that students would be able to see this movie.

It is an important movie to see because it brings to life the hope and triumph in Rwanda. It also shows what the media did not show in '94 and is not showing in Darfur: The suffering of ordinary people who need help from the rest of the world. While governments repeat the phrase 'never again' yet do nothing, it is up to us to ordinary people to learn about these events and do something or make our governments do something about them. Please see this movie-it does not have the budget to launch everywhere and relies on word of mouth to generate enough interest to make it into every city.


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