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Hotel Rwanda - Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Terry George

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When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.

Based on true events that emerged from the atrocity of the Rwandan civil war, director Terry George's masterful Hotel Rwanda introduces us to Paul Ruseabagina (Don Cheadle), the then-manager of the posh Hotel Milles Collines. In 1994, Hutu extremists held the nation by the throat and focused their hatred on the Tutsi people. Almost overnight, menace turned to violence and caught thousands unaware. Barricaded in the hotel with those he is trying to protect, Ruseabagina becomes a reluctant hero. When pleas for help to the European hotel owner and even President Clinton are met with silence, Ruseabagina is left to keep the hundreds of Tutsis who have taken sanctuary in his hotel safe for just another day, another hour. For one hundred days, until rescued by the United Nations, he held the line against terror.

Terry George recreates these days of tragedy and triumph with the most sensitive touch, recognising the desperate claustrophobia of the ever-present threat of brutality. Don Cheadle, in one of the finest performances of his distinguished career, captures every fibre and sinew of his remarkable, complex man.

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  • Film true drama Africa Rwanda hotel manager Hutu Tutsi civil war

Persons of interest

  • Don Cheadle .... Paul Ruseabagina
  • Sophie Okonedo .... Tatiana Ruseabagina
  • Nick Nolte .... Colonel Oliver
  • Joaquin Phoenix .... Jack
  • Desmond Dube .... Dube
  • David O'Hara .... David
  • Cara Seymour .... Pat Archer
  • Fana Mokoena .... General Augustin Bizimungo
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim .... George
  • Tony Kgoroge .... Gregoire
  • Mosa Kaiser .... Paul's Daughter
  • Roberto Citran .... Priest
  • Leleti Khumalo .... Fedens
  • Harriet Lenabe .... Alice
  • Antonio David Lyons .... Thomas
  • Mothusi Magano .... Benedict
  • Keir Pearson .... Screenwriter
  • Terry George .... Screenwriter
  • Terry George .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Look, I just don't get racial violence. I don't get colonialism. I don't get genocide. I don't get rape. I don't get tribal revenge. In that respect, I don't get Hotel Rwanda, either. We relaxed and comfortable Westerners have neither understanding nor appreciation of civil war. All our wars are fought against bad people in other countries. What to do? Give up? Take up arms? Passive resistance?

Sometimes all you can do is keep your head down and crawl.

Pride is for the dead.

Paul Ruseabagina lived. His family lived. More than a thousand innocent people lived because of him. This dude is a legend. Don Cheadle brings all the humility of a small man trying to live his life and improve the lives of his family. He brings the love, the panic, the heartbreak, the humanity, the overwhelming sense of responsibility to the big screen. He is Good™.

See this film.

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

122 minutes (2:02 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 24 February 2005

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