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Tears of the Sun (2003)

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A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

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Antoine Fuqua
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Lieutenant A.K. Waters
Monica Bellucci ... Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks
Cole Hauser ... James 'Red' Atkins
Eamonn Walker ... Ellis 'Zee' Pettigrew
Johnny Messner ... Kelly Lake
Nick Chinlund ... Michael 'Slo' Slowenski
Charles Ingram ... Demetrius 'Silk' Owens
Paul Francis ... Danny 'Doc' Kelley
Chad Smith ... Jason 'Flea' Mabry
Tom Skerritt ... Captain Bill Rhodes
Malick Bowens ... Colonel Idris Sadick
Awaovieyi Agie Awaovieyi Agie ... Musa
Akosua Busia ... Patience
Hadar Busia-Singleton ... Amaka
Ida Onyango Ida Onyango ... Lasana
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Storyline

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence, some brutality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostile Act See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,057,213, 9 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,734,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,733,286
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| (director's cut)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The script was considered for the fourth 'Die Hard' movie. See more »

Goofs

When the refugees are hiding in the jungle as the rebels pass, the sound of the baby crying can be heard but the baby doesn't have its mouth open. See more »

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[first lines]
Female news reader: [voiceover] The tension that had been brewing for months in Nigeria exploded yesterday as exiled General Mustafa Yakubu orchestrated a swift and violent coup against the democratically elected government of President Samuel Azuka. In a land with 120 million people and over 250 ethnic groups, there'd been a long-standing history of ethnic enmity, particularly between the Fulani Moslems in the north and Christian Ibo in the south. The victorious Fulani rebels have taken to the streets...
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD Director's Extended Cut is 142 minutes (theatrical version 121 minutes). See more »

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Referenced in Drake & Josh: Who's Got Game? (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Under The Forest Calm
Written By Andreas Vollenweider, Heitor Pereira
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony (as The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)
(p) © 2003 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC.
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A very powerful and authentic film with a strong moral theme
22 July 2005 | by cooperaitalianoSee all my reviews

This film was simply incredible. I didn't see it at the cinema, which upon seeing it later on DVD release, regretting missing first time round.

It made some incredibly powerful statements and was very difficult to watch. I rarely admit to this, but I actually found parts of it so moving, that I cried! And I never cry.

The choice of Bruce Willis was a good one and he plays a deeply conflicted character, he plays him with depth. I have seen Monica Belucci in films before. She is an incredibly gifted actress and she really believed in this project. Her character comes across as having strong religious and moral convictions, prepared to die to help and protect others. This comes across in the decisions she takes and the willingness to stand strong under pressure.

Having seen the Documentary on the special features section of the DVD afterwards, I could see the incredible lengths that everyone attached to the filming went to. Each of the actors playing Seal Team members, went through some very authentic training in preparation and stayed in character outside of filming during the day. Given the commitment of all those attached to the film, I can see why the film is what it is.

The director, Antoine Fuqua, from the films I have seen in which he directed, brings a strong moral theme to his characters and the story. The whole visual manner of filming, camera angles, close ups etc adds to the intensity here.

The choice of filter during filming, that gives a subdued and darker feeling visually, was perfect. The use of Africans as extras was an interesting and a suitable choice, given their backgrounds. Many of these extras were showing genuine emotions which was captured on camera, as they relived traumatic moments in their lives when certain scenes were filmed.

On that note, one scene in particular made for very difficult viewing, but totally in context and I would expect it would provoke a strong reaction from viewers, for good reason. The actual combat scenes are kept selectively short and in context to the overall film. They are also very realistic.

The soundtrack was well suited and complimented the whole overall feel to the film. I would not say that this film was entertaining, it is very hard to watch but it is an example of good film that will challenge everyone who watches it and who has a conscience.

After seeing this film, as with Hotel Rwanda and Tears of the Sun, I am constantly reminded of our individual and collective moral responsibilities in the 'civilised Western World' when atrocities are committed. And it sits badly with my conscience that 'we' in the West do so little and so late in trying to stop such genocide from happening. I for one think that every adult should see it.


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