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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Cast: Don Cheadle, Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, more...
Director: Terry George, Terry George
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, British Drama, Africa, South Africa, UK
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Hotel Rwanda tackles one of the most horrifically ugly events in recent history, when the Hutu extremists of Rwanda initiated a terrifying campaign of genocide, massacring hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis (who had been given power by the departed Belgian colonists), while the rest of the world looked on and did nothing. Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager at the fancy Les Milles Collines hotel in Kigali. Paul is a Hutu, and a very successful businessman who smoothly greases the wheels, making powerful connections in all strata of Rwandan life. His wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo of Aeon Flux), is a Tutsi. She urges Paul to use his influence to help local Tutsis, who are being harassed and beaten with increasing frequency, but Paul will only use the political capital he's built up to help his own family, if and when they need it. Soon enough, the violence escalates, and the Hutus begin their genocide of the Tutsis. European guests and staff at the hotel are flown out of the country, and Paul is left in charge. He finds that his conscience won't allow him to watch as the innocent are slaughtered, and before long, the hotel has become a well-appointed refugee camp. Paul is seen as a traitor by some, putting his life in danger, and the predicament of his "guests" grows more precarious every day, but despite good intentions on the part of a journalist (Joaquin Phoenix) and a UN peacekeeping colonel (Nick Nolte), the rest of the world is not eager to intervene and stop the massacre. Hotel Rwanda was directed by Irish filmmaker Terry George (Some Mother's Son), who co-wrote the script with Keir Pearson. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

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Courage amid chaos by Sujata August 16, 2007 - 4:59 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Don Cheadle has always been one of my favorite actors. His understated brilliance shines through even in the smallest of roles, which is all he usually gets. This movie finally showcases his talent as it deserves.

The story is one of human fortitude and decency in the most extreme of circumstances. The genocide in Rwanda and the world's indifference to it will always remain one of the dark periods in human history, but the movie does not dwell on the macabre details. Instead, the killing and violence serves as the backdrop to one man's struggle to save his family.

Recommended.

HOTEL RAWANDA by Dayna January 23, 2007 - 11:08 AM PST
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0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
THIS WAS A VERY WELL PHOTOGRAPHED MOVIE WHICH IS A MUST SEE. IT ALSO LET US SEE A WONDERFUL GROUP OF ACTORS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES..IT IS A MANDATORY MOVIE FOR TEENS ON UP.

A great film by NMalik May 11, 2005 - 12:26 PM PDT
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A great film! Addressing the issues of genocide is not an easy subject. The film takes you through a man's emotion and feeling of being in such a hostile environment while still remaining human. It was made with a lot of dignity and inspiration and it is definitely a must see for all!

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