Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun

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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Antoine Fuqua, Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser

     
 

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Bruce Willis' latest, Tears of the Sun didn't connect with an audience. Regardless, Columbia/TriStar has gone all out on the special edition DVD release. Loading up on supplements, this title contains a fine scene-specific commentary track from director Antoine Fuqua covering numerous aspects of the film, from politics to production. Although a second track is…  See more details below

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Bruce Willis' latest, Tears of the Sun didn't connect with an audience. Regardless, Columbia/TriStar has gone all out on the special edition DVD release. Loading up on supplements, this title contains a fine scene-specific commentary track from director Antoine Fuqua covering numerous aspects of the film, from politics to production. Although a second track is also offered, with screenwriters Alex Lasker and Patrick Cirillo -- presenting their views on the political elements of the film and the African continent -- they don't speak past the 17-minute mark. In addition, a featurette that is somewhat better than the standard studio PR piece gives some added depth. A fact-filled optional text track is also available with notes on a wide range of subjects from Africa to the U.S. military. Alongside this are a handful of deleted scenes which can be played together or separately and an "Interactive Map of Africa," where different parts of the continent can be explored textually. Furthermore, there are a number of interviews from Africans who experienced similar issues raised by the film. While interesting, as it adds profundity to the film's narrative, it's often difficult to understand some of the individuals. Finally, a range of theatrical trailers are offered, from this film to Anger Management, Bad Boys II, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Radio, S.W.A.T., and a number of others. This trend of quality is continued with the picture and sound. The anamorphic image, framed at 2.40:1, is outstanding in every way. Realistic colors are mixed in with dense, dark blacks, creating a very authentic visual experience. Detail is equally first-rate, as well. Even better is the disc's 5.1 Dolby Digital track. Both aggressive and exciting, the full use of the surrounds recreates the theatrical feeling. Dialogue isn't sacrificed, even with the loud auditory fields. This is truly a soundtrack that will test a home theater system, especially the room shaking bass primarily used later in the film. This is an exceptional disc, and while it may not be as comprehensive as some, it still has plenty to offer.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Bruce Willis and the ravishing Monica Bellucci star in this suspenseful war movie, a genre offering that studiously avoids the clichés of jingoistic shoot-’em-ups in favor of a more intellectually and emotionally satisfying approach. Tears of the Sun reflects with surprising accuracy the horrors being perpetrated daily in African nations convulsed by civil war fomented by antagonistic ethnic groups. Willis portrays Navy SEAL lieutenant A. K. Waters, who leads a special-operations team into the Nigerian jungle to find Italian-born doctor Lena Hendricks (Bellucci), an American citizen by marriage, before she can be captured (or worse) by marauding rebels heading for her makeshift hospital. Lena refuses to leave unless the American soldiers agree to lead her African patients to safety -- a nearly impossible undertaking that would undermine Waters's clearly defined mission. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) renders the atrocities of African warfare in excruciating detail, but his depictions are neither gratuitous nor exploitative; they underline the severity of current conditions and amplify the moral dilemma faced by the American commander: Can he stick to his narrowly defined mission and allows scores of wounded refugees to be slaughtered? Willis, who invested many of his former heroes with macho insouciance, brings a welcome maturity and gravitas to his characterization of Waters. Bellucci, of whom the script demands considerably less, makes an attractive and engaging foil -- albeit one whose true motives are shrouded in secrecy. The battle scenes are excellently done and not overtly sensationalistic, and the relentless pursuit of the SEALs and refugees by the brutal rebels adds nail-biting suspense. Very much in the current tradition of war movies that refuse to glorify war, Tears of the Sun provides two hours of provocative and eminently satisfying entertainment.
Entertainment Weekly
Antoine Fuqua, coming off Training Day, knows how to stage a skirmish in the foliage so that each leaf glistens with waxy moonlit peril. Owen Gleiberman
Boston Globe
At its best, the film is a nightmare embossed on a postcard -- horrific and ominously gorgeous. Wesley Morris

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
UPC:
0043396097513
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
12,908

Special Features

Commentary from director Antoine Fugua; Writer's observations; "Journey To Safety: Making Tears of the Sun"; Voices of Africa; Africa Fact Track; interactive map of Africa; trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Lt. A.K. Waters
Monica Bellucci Dr. Lena Kendricks
Cole Hauser Atkins
Fionnula Flanagan Sister Grace
Johnny Messner Kelly Lake
Nick Chinlund Michael "Slo" Slowenski
Eamonn Walker Ellis "Zee" Pettigrew
Malick Bowens Col. Idris Sadick
Tom Skerritt Capt. Bill Rhodes
Paul Francis Danny "Doc" Kelley
Chad Smith Jason "Flea" Mabry
Akosua Busia Patience
Peter Mensah Terwase
Charles Ingram Demetrius "Silk" Owens
Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy Actor
Rodney Charles Christian Marwah
Jimmy Jean-Louis Gideon
Sammi Rotibi Actor

Technical Credits
Antoine Fuqua Director
Ian Bryce Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Charisse Cardenas Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Cirillo Screenwriter
Malcolm Clarke Screenwriter
Gary Diamond Set Decoration/Design
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Eads Associate Producer
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Heidi Fugeman Associate Producer
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Alex Lasker Screenwriter
David S. Lazan Art Director
Michael Lobell Producer
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Robert Orr Screenwriter
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Joe Roth Executive Producer
Steven P. Saeta Co-producer
Cathy Schulman Associate Producer
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Rich Sickler Asst. Director
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
George Simpson Sound/Sound Designer
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:23]
2. Somewhere Off the Coast of Africa [:56]
3. Lt. Waters' Elite Squadron [1:00]
4. The Prime Objective [3:10]
5. St. Michaels's Mission [2:50]
6. I Will Not Leave Without My People [5:03]
7. Evacuating the Mission [7:56]
8. Danger on the Trail [6:48]
9. Cleansing the House of God [1:19]
10. Objective Accomplished [5:17]
11. Burn Down the Mission [2:03]
12. We Can Only Take Twelve [6:19]
13. Possible Hostiles [5:53]
14. Ringside Seats to an Ethnic Cleansing [2:28]
15. Rule of Engagement Party [9:36]
16. This is What They Do [5:03]
17. Lena's Story [1:07]
18. We Got Trouble [2:15]
19. A Rat in the Nest [1:29]
20. Arthur Azuka [2:52]
21. Doing the Right Thing [8:24]
22. Jungle Heat [3:48]
23. Slo Going Fast [3:58]
24. Under Attack [2:58]
25. Hold the Line [2:22]
26. Run Through the Jungle [1:40]
27. Let 'er Rip!!! [5:01]
28. Promises Kept [4:15]

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Tears of the Sun 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
Just about every film Antoine Fuqua makes is amazing. Throw Bruce Willis into the mix and you have a guarantee of quality cinema. This movie can be best summarized by the quote at the end, stating that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Now, some of the things the commandos do can be called into question, such as standing together in the small clearing before going into the village to kill the soldiers who are murdering everyone - not a good idea if the bad guys did happen to have a sniper in the surrounding area somewhere, or if someone in the village just happened to look up in that direction and spot them all. But otherwise this story carries an extremely powerful message, great acting, scenery and music and I found the combat scenes to be wildly intense.
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i thought Tears of the Sun was a very good movie. i also thought that Cole Hauser was very much cute! i see him in other movies and he doesnt look the same. and i am thinkin its the wrong guy. so ummm o well i think the movie was awesome and sad. for once bruce played a sweet role. YAY! i dont like him playing the bad person. it makes me not like him anymore! lol. but overall the movie was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie depicts the true hardships of Nigeria. I hope one understands after watching this film. I would definitely own this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after watching many war films this one rates with the top two , good story line in the film would recomend two be seen ..
Guest More than 1 year ago
there was a lot of war movies and none were as good as this one. it was much better then black hawk down and other movies like that
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was gonna be action packed, but the action didn't really pickup till around the end. But after watching this I learned that not only the action should entertain you. once you get to watch and know the charaters you get to feel for them. Yes that does happen in lots of movies, But this one seemed to do it quite well. But overall it's worth a check.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent score, outstanding action, important story to portray. I think this is one of a great movie. I was initially turned off by the subject matter...war...Africa...action, but I sat through it. I was moved. It is a great story. Missing this movie would be a shame. You must see it at some point in your life. As another reviewer indicated, it a better than Blackhawk Down and a lot of other movies that I've enjoyed in the past. It is a must-see. If this movie does not move you, you're made of stone. Oooohya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From a girl who has seen many many movies, take it from me that this one is a keeper. While most movies fail to grasp that 'feeling' this one does, and it holds on hours after you watch it. It is simply amazing and has left me speechless every time i've seen it. It not only has action and intelligence, but great character development and a love story that goes far beyond your average chick flick. In light of present times, this film also helps you to understand a bit about life outside our free world. It is beautifully put together and there is no question that the emotion and passion is there. I highly doubt that the contribtors to this movie read Barnes & Noble online reviews, but I'd like to thank them, cause it is truly amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie since Saving Private Ryan. This action packed movie teaches a lesson about caring and bravery. Leader of a callous Navy Seal team (Bruce Willis) brings his men back into the war zone to help defend the African people from the rebel forces. While watching this video I was in aw. I had know idea that the rebel forces committed those kinds of treacherous things. A lot of it was Hollywood but director Antoine Fuqua made it look reasonable. I blinked about twenty times during the movie trying to capture every little part. The warfare in this movie is incredible. This is the perfect movie for you if you love action movies.
spicycaramel More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies. I watch it all the time. It is a good movie. This movie could actual be a true story and that is what i like about it. Things like this happen in Africa all the time. This movie can make people aware of things going on in other countries. I love Cole Hauser in this movie.
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