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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.

Writers:

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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Plot Keywords:

africa | rwanda | genocide | faith | school | See All (6) »

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

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Joe Connor: How much pain can a human being take? If you feel enough pain, does everything just shut down? Before you've done it.
Christopher: I don't know, Joe.
Joe Connor: Cause you think no one knew. You think that it'd be something... Something that you designed, you know, shed or fell. If you feel enough pain.
Christopher: I hope so.
Joe Connor: Yeah, God knows it. Maybe we should ask him. He's still around.
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Crazy Credits

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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Nari mw'isi
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Very well done
18 October 2010 | by me-ga-saSee all my reviews

I have no idea why a person would rate this less than 10. It was done very well, well chosen actors and good performances. The story was portrayed very realistically. I was truly connected with the characters and was moved by this story. It is sad that this movie is not that popular when there is so much popular crap going on. This movie shows reality and makes us think about important issues, about us, humans, and the humanity. I read the reviews which were negative and the reasons were too weak. I was thinking how easy it is to make people fear of some group and make them kill others without thinking... Why people don't think deeper, why the mass is so shallow (I have these thoughts whenever I remember Hitler and his "work")... I felt angry with UN soldiers, there can be no justification for them. Why were they there at all?.. And we call ourselves civilized people when these things happen... all the massive wars were not so long ago... and people still fight... use physical force instead of using the brain... sad...


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UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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