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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

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Terry George
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Paul Rusesabagina
Xolani Mali Xolani Mali ... Policeman
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... Dube
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... George Rutaganda
Tony Kgoroge Tony Kgoroge ... Gregoire
Rosie Motene Rosie Motene ... Receptionist
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ... Head Chef (as Kid Sithole)
Nick Nolte ... Colonel Oliver
Fana Mokoena ... General Bizimungu
Jeremiah Ndlovu Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Old Guard
Sophie Okonedo ... Tatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo Mashile Lebo Mashile ... Odette
Antonio David Lyons ... Thomas Mirama
Leleti Khumalo ... Fedens
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Storyline

1994. In Rwanda, the classification of the native population into Hutus and Tutsis, arbitrarily done by the colonial Belgians, is now ingrained within Rwandan mentality despite the Rwandan independence. Despite the Belgians having placed the Tutsis in a higher position during the Belgian rule, they have placed the majority Hutus in power after independence. Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu married to a Tutsi, Tatiana Rusesabagina, is the House Manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. The Milles Collines, owned by Sabena (the national airline of Belgium), is a four-star hotel catering primarily to wealthy white westerners. Paul, who knows how to work the system to run the hotel effectively for its guests and for Sabena, is proud that most of the Caucasians who he meets in this professional capacity treat him with respect. After a specific incident, the relative calm between the Tutsi guerrillas and government-backed Hutu militia takes a turn. Paul's thought that the native ... Written by Huggo

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | South Africa | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Ruanda See more »

Filming Locations:

Rwanda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,091, 26 December 2004

Gross USA:

$23,530,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,532,987
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Nolte's character (Col. Oliver) is modeled in part on Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian commanding officer of the UN Peacekeeping mission in that country who attempted to interfere with the Rwandan Genocide despite his superiors' indifference to the atrocity. Dallaire was also the subject of Sundance audience award documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004), and witnessed such horrible acts in Rwanda that he later suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Other than Oliver, there was another fictionalized character: Jack Daglish, who is based off of the Polish photojournalist Stefan Stec, who recorded the Gikondo massacre. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene in the film, a sign for MTN Mobile can be seen. MTN, a South African communications company, became the main mobile provider in Rwanda in a later year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George Rutaganda: [voiceover] When people ask me, good listeners, why do I hate all the Tutsi, I say, "Read our history." The Tutsi were collaborators for the Belgian colonists, they stole our Hutu land, they whipped us. Now they have come back, these Tutsi rebels. They are cockroaches. They are murderers. Rwanda is our Hutu land. We are the majority. They are a minority of traitors and invaders. We will squash the infestation. We will wipe out the RPF rebels. This is RTLM, Hutu power radio. Stay ...
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The producers wish to thank the people of Alexandra and Thembisa, Johannesburg, S.A. See more »

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A fantastic and powerful film
9 November 2004 | by SurecureSee all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival. I had heard nothing about this film before I read up on it in the Fest guide and originally was going to see something else. But, the subway happened to shut down and I was not going to be able to see the film I originally intended. So, I decided to give this a try.

And I am so very glad I did.

This film is by far the best drama I have seen all year, and indeed was the best film of the 11 I saw at the festival. It is gripping, heart-wrenching, and opens your eyes to so many things. Don Cheadle -- who I am a long time admirer of his work -- is phenomenal in the lead role, and I hope that he is nominated for Best Actor this year, because he certainly deserves it.

I am recommending this film to everybody I know and I hope that it gets a wide distribution because it certainly is a film that needs to be seen. While comparisons can be made to Schindler's List, I think that this film goes further to show that events like the Holocaust can happen any time -- even now -- so long as people look away, just as the UN did in Rwanda. It certainly makes one think about how easy it is for us to forget our history and allow it to be repeated, because (as one character says) we will watch it on TV, say that it is terrible, and go right on eating our dinner. 10/10


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