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Beyond the Gates (2005)

Shooting Dogs (original title)
R | | Drama, History, War | 31 March 2006 (UK)
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A Catholic Priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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David Wolstencroft (screenplay), Richard Alwyn (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Hurt ... Christopher
Hugh Dancy ... Joe Connor
Dominique Horwitz ... Capitaine Charles Delon
Louis Mahoney ... Sibomana
Nicola Walker ... Rachel
Steve Toussaint ... Roland
David Gyasi ... François
Susan Nalwoga Susan Nalwoga ... Edda
Victor Power ... Julius
Jack Pierce ... Mark
Musa Kasonka Jr. Musa Kasonka Jr. ... Boniface
Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira ... Pierre
Clare-Hope Ashitey ... Marie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Shepherd Tom Shepherd ... Belgian Soldier
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Storyline

In April 1994, after the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda is shot down, the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, the Catholic Priest Christopher (Sir John Hurt) and the idealistic English teacher Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) lodge two thousand five hundred Rwandans refugees, under the protection of the Belgian U.N. force, and under siege by Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the U.N., they are murdered by the extremist militia. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1994, 800,000 killed in 100 days. Would you risk your life to make a difference? See more »

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Gates See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,412, 7 November 2004

Gross USA:

$108,281

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$558,588
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The firearm props used were real weapons, though they had been disabled. The extras were given belts of live ammunition to carry around in several scenes. See more »

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Throughout the movie, the Belgian Captain wears the insignia of a Sergeant (three white lines). See more »

Quotes

Christopher: I'll see to that after Mass.
Joe Connor: Mass?
Christopher: I'm a priest in a Catholic country, Joe. This is what I do.
Joe Connor: Yeah, sure. But do you think it is the best time for that?
Christopher: In times of stress, people need to commune with God.
Joe Connor: I think maybe they'd prefer some food, water, a spot of reassurance.
Christopher: Well, come to Mass-get all three on the same ticket.
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Before the credits we are shown photographs of Rwanda genocide survivors who served as on set crew members. Next to each picture is text stating how many loved ones they lost. See more »

Alternate Versions

A "clean language version" of the film was released on DVD in 2007. See more »


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Baptism Song
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More Accurate Portrayal
1 September 2006 | by mkoopmanSee all my reviews

There has been an ongoing argument over which is better, "Shooting Dogs" or "Hotel Rwanda." I don't know if there is an answer, but for the record, I've found that being 24 years old, this film appeals to me more than "Hotel Rwanda" did. I think this is largely because it focuses on the "save the world" mentality of youth, when things are not really that easy to explain or resolve. It also offers some light moments and comic relief that ease the burden of such an unpleasant true story. However, friends of mine who are over 40 years old, and who perhaps relate more to the businessman/father/husband character of Don Cheadle in "Hotel," disagree.

Despite all that, the people I know who work in Africa and even parts of Rwanda have said "Shooting Dogs" is a much truer portrayal of the way things really were at that time and that many Rwanadan natives don't share such a pleasant view of the Don Cheadle real-life man.

I think if it moves you to be a better person and stop genocide somewhere in the world, it shouldn't really matter which film is "better." For me, "Shooting Dogs" will never leave my heart or my mind.


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