Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Director: Terry George Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix
4.8 14

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Hotel Rwanda

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2005
UPC: 0027616925121
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 3,489

Special Features

Closed Caption; "A Message for Peace: Making Hotel Rwanda" documentary; "Return to Rwanda" documentary; Selected scenes commentary by Don Cheadle; Audio commentary by director Terry George and the real-life subject of the film, Paul Rusesabagina, with select commentary by musician Wyclef Jean

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Cheadle Paul Rusesabagina
Sophie Okonedo Tatiana Rusesabagina
Joaquin Phoenix Jack
Nick Nolte Colonel Oliver
Jean Reno Actor
Leleti Khumalo Actor
Desmond Dube Actor
Mothusi Magano Actor

Technical Credits
Terry George Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Afro Celt Sound System Score Composer
Sam Bhembe Executive Producer
Johnny Breedt Production Designer
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Ruy Filipe Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Naomi Geraghty Editor
Andrea Guerra Score Composer
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Martin F. Katz Executive Producer
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Luigi Musini Co-producer
Keir Pearson Screenwriter
Bridget Pickering Co-producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Paul Rusesabagina Consultant/advisor
Hal Sadoff Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
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]

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Hotel Rwanda 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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