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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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Coming Out at 20 January 2005 in theaters

Biography, Drama, History

Hotel Rwanda is drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay co-written by George and Keir Pearson, and stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana. Based on the Rwandan genocide, which occurred during the spring of 1994, the film documents Rusesabagina’s efforts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees by providing them with shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. Hotel Rwanda explores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence.

The film was a co-production between United Artists and Lions Gate Films, and was commercially distributed by United Artists theatrically and by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for home media. Hotel Rwanda premiered in theatres in limited release in the United States on 22 December 2004 and in wide release on 4 February 2005, grossing more than $23 million in domestic ticket sales. It earned an additional $10 million in business through international release to top out at a combined total of nearly $34 million in gross revenue. The Blu-ray Disc edition of the film, featuring special documentaries along with selected scenes and audio commentary, was released in the United States on 10 May 2011.

In April 1994, tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples lead to genocide in Rwanda, where corruption and bribes between politicians are routine. Paul Rusesabagina, manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines, is Hutu, but his wife Tatiana is Tutsi. Their marriage is a source of friction with Hutu extremists, including Georges Rutaganda, a goods supplier to the hotel who is also the local leader of Interahamwe, a brutal Hutu militia.

Director: Terry George

Writers: Keir Pearson, Terry George

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, David O’Hara, Antonio David Lyons, Lebo Mashile

Cast:

Xolani MaliPoliceman
Don CheadlePaul Rusesabagina
Desmond DubeDube
Hakeem Kae-KazimGeorge Rutaganda
Tony KgorogeGregoire
Rosie MoteneReceptionist
Neil McCarthyJean Jacques
Mabutho ‘Kid’ SitholeHead Chef
Nick NolteColonel Oliver
Fana MokoenaGeneral Bizimungu
Jeremiah NdlovuOld Guard
Sophie OkonedoTatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo MashileOdette
Antonio David LyonsThomas Mirama
Leleti KhumaloFedens
Kgomotso SeitshohloAnais
Lerato MokgothoCarine
Mosa KaiserElys Rusesabagina
Mathabo PietersonDiane Rusesabagina
Ofentse ModiselleRoger Rusesabagina
David O’HaraDavid
Joaquin PhoenixJack Daglish
Lennox MathabathePeter
Mothusi MaganoBenedict
Noxolo MaqashalalaChloe – Prostitute
Thulani NyembeJean Baptiste,
Simo MogwazaHutu Captain,
Mirriam NgomaniGregoire’s Girlfriend
Cara SeymourPat Archer
Harriet LenabeAlice the Waitress ,
Roberto CitranPriest
Mduduzi MabasoHutu Lieutenant
Sonni ChidiebereMilitiaman
Thomas KariukiXavier
Sibusiso MhlongoMilitiaman
Ashleigh TobiasMedic
Eugene KhumbanyiwaHotel Staff
Jean RenoMr. Tillens – Sabena Airlines President

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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