Coupon
Hotel Rwanda
- Don Cheadle

Overview - Don Cheadle gives a riveting performance as Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a European-owned hotel in Rwanda, who created a secret refugee camp for the Tutsi people during the brutal genocide committed against them by the Hutu people in 1994.  Read more...

 
In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
 
 

More About Hotel Rwanda - Don Cheadle
 
 
 
Overview

Don Cheadle gives a riveting performance as Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a European-owned hotel in Rwanda, who created a secret refugee camp for the Tutsi people during the brutal genocide committed against them by the Hutu people in 1994. His efforts helped to save 1200 lives out of close to a million who were killed. HOTEL RWANDA shows this man's courage, while also capturing the political events that occurred between April and September '94. First, United Nations soldiers are restricted from fighting back against Hutu guerillas, even after the Rwandan president is assassinated and the country is thrown into chaos. But as the fighting worsens, all non-Rwandans including UN peacekeepers, Europeans, and Americans are evacuated. This leaves the Tutsi people defenseless against aggressive Hutus who are armed with machine guns and machetes. While working the system with strategic phone calls to powerful international contacts of the hotel, Rusesabagina also uses smart lies and power plays to hold off the Hutus. The morale among the refugees is low, but because they are protected from the inconceivable brutality happening outside the hotel's gates, they maintain a sense of hope. Powerful acting from all cast members, including throngs of children, makes this film touching and believable. Sophie Okonedo offers moving support as Rusesabagina's wife Tatiana, Nick Nolte shows knowing machismo as an American UN officer, and Joaquin Phoenix turns in a heartfelt display as a TV journalist. But it is the delicate treatment that director Terry George gives the insane, helpless situation depicted in HOTEL RWANDA which makes the film so penetrating. While the violence and gore of the genocide play a disturbing part in the film, the focus lies on the heroism of its protagonist and the strength with which he navigates under seemingly impossible odds.

Cast List

Terry George - Director/Screenwriter
A. Kitman Ho
Rupert Gregson-Williams - Composer, WHAT A GIRL WANTS (2003)
Don Cheadle - Actor
Nick Nolte - American actor, AFFLICTION
Hal Sadoff - Executive Producer, HOTEL RWANDA (2004)
Robert Fraisse - DOP
Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Joaquin Rafael Bottom - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Leaf Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Lief Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Andrea Guerra - Music, SAILING HOME (2002)
Martin Katz - American Conductor, MARILYN HORNE SINGS FAMOUS ARIAS (1986)
Sophie Okonedo - Actress/"Maria's Child"
Sam Bhembe - Executive Producer, HOTEL RWANDA (2004)
Duncan Reid - Executive Producer, HOTEL RWANDA (2004)
Keir Pearson - Screenwriter, HOTEL RWANDA (2004)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 122
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616925121
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (violence, disturbing images, and brief strong language)
  • Release Date: August 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Politics
True Story
War
History
Historical
Theatrical Release

 
Movie Reviews

More Details

Notes:
Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 22, 2004

Reviews:
"[T]his is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart." - 12/30/2004 Rolling Stone, p.171


"[A] wrenching film..." - 12/22/2004 New York Times, p.E1


"Cheadle already is generating well-deserved Oscar talk, as is the movie..." - 12/22/2004 USA Today, p.3D


"[The film's] strength is its refusal to stint on the horrors and atrocities, in being unafraid to show us a vivid picture of the blood lust that gripped that country seemingly out of nowhere." - 12/22/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E17


"Cheadle etches a vivid character in the foreground." - 12/01/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.103-4


"Cheadle's performance is impeccable....Deeply moving..." - 04/01/2005 Uncut, p.139


"[I]n his first leading role Cheadle pitches it exactly right....The story is what matters here. And as current events in Darfur show, it's one that can't be told too often." - 04/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.60-62


Ranked #25 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "George's film repeatedly asks why the world community failed to intervene. Powerful emotive filmmaking." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.82-83

 
Customer Reviews