Hotel RwandaDirector: Terry George
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Terry George's drama Hotel Rwanda turned horrific real-life events into inspiring drama, and helped bring public attention to a news story that was ignored by much of the world. The extras on the DVD release of the film balance a behind-the-scenes look at the production with the desire to include more historical context. Director Terry George, composer Wyclef Jean, lead actor Don Cheadle, and Paul Rusesabagina (the real-life person Cheadle portrayed) all provide commentary at different points throughout the movie. The "Return to Rwanda" featurette follows Rusesabagina as he visits the sites depicted in the film for the first time since he fled the country. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. This is a disc that will appeal to the film's fans, as well as to those with an interest in the historical events at the heart of the movie.
The film works not because the screen is filled with meaningless special effects, formless action and vast digital armies, but because Cheadle, Nolte and the filmmakers are interested in how two men choose to function in an impossible situation. Because we sympathize with these men, we are moved by the film.
One of the year's best.
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Cast & Crew
|Don Cheadle||Paul Rusesabagina|
|Sophie Okonedo||Tatiana Rusesabagina|
|Nick Nolte||Colonel Oliver|
|Afro Celt Sound System||Score Composer|
|Sam Bhembe||Executive Producer|
|Johnny Breedt||Production Designer|
|Tony Burrough||Production Designer|
|Ruy Filipe||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Andrea Guerra||Score Composer|
|A. Kitman Ho||Producer|
|Martin F. Katz||Executive Producer|
|John Midgley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Duncan Reid||Executive Producer|
|Rupert Gregson-Williams||Score Composer|
|Hal Sadoff||Executive Producer|
1. Hutu Power!/Main Title [5:58]
2. A Little Something Special [2:05]
3. Soldiers in the Street [4:25]
4. What Makes a Tutsi? [2:56]
5. A Plea to Leave [6:33]
6. "Cut the Tall Trees Now" [4:46]
7. Money for Cockroaches [3:59]
8. Guests at the Mille Collines [6:52]
9. Peacekeepers, Not Makers [3:45]
10. "A Massacre" on TV [4:35]
11. Targeting Tutsi Children [2:14]
12. "We Think You're Dirt" [8:44]
13. Buying Time, Nothing Else [7:34]
14. Forever Four Stars [5:51]
15. Halfway There Already [4:01]
16. On the Road of Death [4:46]
17. A Bribe and a Promise [4:32]
18. Exit Visas for Some [5:10]
19. Radio Ambush [6:15]
20. Protected No More [3:27]
21. Designated War Criminal [7:42]
22. Going Someplace Safe [4:38]
23. Where Are the Children? [4:07]
24. Epilogue/End Credits [6:41]
Audio Commentary by Director Terry George and Paul Rusesabagina, With Select Commentary by Wyclef Jean: On
Audio Commentary by Director Terry George and Paul Rusesabagina, With Select Commentary by Wyclef Jean: Off
Selected Scenes Commentary by Don Cheadle
"A Message for Peace: Making Hotel Rwanda"
"Return to Rwanda"
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Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
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Hotel Rwanda is a powerful movie about real circumstances that not only showed the worse of man but the best of man in Paul Russesagabina's compassion for his fellow countrymen. The tribal issues in Rwanda, and in Africa as a whole, are so deeply embedded that its firm grip on racial and political circumstances is beyond the scope of humane treatment. Hopefully, this movie opened up to the world that brutal and systematic destruction of cultures must not be tolerated. We need to embrace and teach respect and tolerance for all cultures, races and living things on Mother Earth. Otherwise, it is frightening to think that genocide and its incomprehensible suffering will happen again and again.
Movies are supposed to move you, make you act. If Hotel Rwanda was made during the despicable massacre of the Tutsis during the 1990s, everyone that watches this film would feel compelled to act. Don Cheadle magnificently takes the role of a hotel manager who attempts to shelter Tutsis who otherwise would have been brutally murdered. In doing so, despite being a Hutu, he risks his life. His courage touches all viewers as he risks his and his family's life again and again to make sure that as many as possible survive. Although a depressing film, it should be seen by everyone as a reminder to help those in the world who face genocide like this. The world should not stand by like they did in the Rwandan massacre and intervene to stop crimes against humanity whenever they can.
It was a good movie, however I did not feel that it did justice to the amount of violence used by the Hutu's in the genocide. I have done a lot of reading on this subject, and felt that some of the necessary factors were left out of this story. Otherwise, I feel that it was a good movie for those who have had no previous knowledge of the massacres in Rwanda. I hope that in the future we can prevent this from happening ever again....
This movie was so gripping. I was looking forward to this movie, as I've followed the genocide from the beginning (I was 12) and have watched the civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the same earnest. It's sad to see this area of the world come up on Doctors Without Borders Top 10 Most Underreported Stories each year. Don Cheadle gives a career-defining performance. The extras are so believable in their hatred that I cry at the amount of hatred that people can have. Joaquin Phoenix was perfect for the role of the renegade journalist. And the refugee flow at the end of the movie looks just like the photos I've seen over the years. Buy this DVD - you won't regret it. I can't wait to see the extra features - something I usually don't watch on a DVD.
I saw Hotel Rwanda twice within a week's time. God bless Paul Russesagabina for what he did in 1994, and God bless Don Cheadle for his wonderful portrayal of Paul. This is a riveting, powerful movie.
Hotel Rwanda is a beautiful movie that did not get enough credit for what it truly did. Paul Rusesabagina was indeed a courageous man for the hellacious ride he went through to protect his people. Don Cheadle's performance as Paul is astounding and beyond compare to any others that try to match it. This film should have been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and should have at least won one Academy Award but did not. An unfortuante circumstance indeed.
Hotel Rwanda is an amazing movie that depicts the Rwandan Genocide of the early 1990's. The movie is inspiring and it sends a deeply powerful message of hope. I would recommend this great movie to anyone. Words cannot say how good it was.
This movie is a must buy!! It is one of the most moving movies I've ever seen in my life, and it's intensity never stops. Overall, this is a classic.
Paul Rusesibagina is a man who not only opened his doors to the Tutsi people, he opened his heart to them. He was a Hutu man and didn't follow the Hutu ways. Through the whole movie, Rusesibagina protects his family and friends by many ways. This movie is a must buy. I loved it and I'm sure you'll love it also. It's an inspiring movie that teaches you the bad side of people and yet it shows the amazing, heartwarming side of men.
We've spent a lot of time looking at racism in the US. But this movie illustrates that people of all races will kill, rape, and rob. This movie is not for the faint of heart. A lot of violence. I wonder if we're degenerating as a world.