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Hotel Rwanda [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Solidly built around a subtle yet commanding performance by Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda emerged as one of the most highly-praised dramas of 2004. In a role that demands his quietly riveting presence in nearly every scene, Cheadle plays real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in the Rwandan capital of Kigali who in 1994 saved 1,200 Rwandan "guests" from certain death during the genocidal clash between tribal Hutus, who slaughtered a million victims, and the horrified Tutsis, who found safe haven or died. Giving his best performance since his breakthrough role in Devil in a Blue Dress, Cheadle plays Rusesabagina as he really was during the ensuing chaos: "an expert in situational ethics" (as described by critic Roger Ebert), doing what he morally had to do, at great risk and potential sacrifice, with an understanding that wartime negotiations are largely a game of subterfuge, cooperation, and clever bribery. Aided by a United Nations official (Nick Nolte), he worked a saintly miracle, and director Terry George (Some Mother's Son) brings formidable social conscience to bear on a true story you won't soon forget. --Jeff Shannon

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Typically American Response Shocked Me Dec 1 2005
When my French husband told me he wanted to watch a movie about the civil war in Rwanda, I was SO uninterested. I knew the movie had gotten alot of hype, alot of press, and had been nominated for an Oscar (or many Oscars), but I was so uninterested in watching a movie about a war in Rwanda.
And that was my typically American response to such a great and humbling movie. Luckily, my husband kept bothering me about this film, and, I finally saw it.
This is the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda that housed over 1,000 Tutsis refugees during the Rwandan civil war. After the UN turns its back on his hotel, he and the refugees are left unprotected against the rebel forces. Paul is given an exit visa to Belgium for him and his family, however, he would rather give up his life than have the rebels slaughter the "cockaroaches" as the Tutsis were called.
I was shocked that the Americans did not intervene in this situation...until I realized that they, like myself, probably had little interest in the situation until somebody shoved it down their throats. This is a deeply political movie with so many violent scenes (1000 Tutsis laying dead on a road), (prostitutes being cut in two)that children absolutely should not see it.
I cried more than once in this movie. It humbled me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is one of those movies that just anger's you and feel sadden all at once. Don Cheadle was truly Oscar-worthy for this film and 100% convincing in his role as the Hutu Paul Rusesabagina, and Nick Nolte and Le grand Jean Reno give outstanding performances in their limited screen time. British-born newcomer Sophie Okonedo also gives a fine performance as Cheadle's Tutsi wife. Filmed in South Africa as an international (mostly Canadian) production, the faces of the many other important supporting characters looked more than sufficiently authentic, providing a profound human backdrop to the events unfolding on the screen.

Regarding the film, there are a couple of points where the forced dramatic moments border on excess, but in all cases the faces on the screen included white ones, lending a certain amount of slack. When African faces were alone on the screen, the terror was sufficiently evident to never have to feel forced. The plot devices certainly owe a debt to earlier films like The Battle of Algiers, Salvador, The Killing Fields, and Schindler's List, but we should remember that this is essentially a true story. Furthermore, Hotel Rwanda's focus on one family and the strength of its bond provides an element of hope and positive feeling that brings something new and invigorating to this genre. Above all, I loved this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, this one . . . May 22 2005
What can an ordinary Rwandan hotel manager possibly do?
Plenty, as it turns out. Paul is a Hutu, but his wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo), is a Tutsi, and so, by default, are their children. He is driven by a primal need to save his own family, but as the slaughter continues, more and more friends and neighbors beg him for help.
By the end, Paul shelters 1,200 people in his hotel, saving them from certain death by doing what he always has done: bribing and cajoling the Hutu powers, calling in favors, lying and outsmarting his foes.
He is the Oskar Schindler of Rwanda, a man who becomes a hero by chance and circumstance, using qualities not generally considered heroic. He's no Rambo: He's scared, and conflicted, and full of doubts. Throughout the film, you can see he'd rather just save his family and not have to shoulder this burden of heroism.
Director Terry George (SOME MOTHER'S SON) knows not to get in the way of this harrowing story, which Rusesabagina himself insisted on telling straight, without movie-ish embellishment. It's all true and, given the context, remarkably subtle. (George earned the PG-13 rating by only suggesting the terrible violence, not showing it.)
Still, as the tension builds you can't help but feel you're watching the heir to a classic Western -- perhaps the "High Noon" of modern times, or SHANE -- as this one man steps up to save the town from the marauding bad guys. Of course, he doesn't save the entire town. As with SCHINDLER'S LIST, you're left with the grim knowledge that the people Rusesabagina saved were but a tiny percentage of those who were killed. The triumph comes tempered by the greater tragedy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as what is available May 21 2005
By A Customer
After teaching about the Rwanda Genocide for over 6 years, I was anxious to view this film to see if it could help me explain to my students the extent of the Genocide. Unfortunetly, as I compare it to the documentaries and the movie "sometimes in April", Hotel Rwanda is simply not as good. IF you you want to view a film about the Rwanda Genocide, then take the time to view the well researched, very troubling, extremly thorough documentary called Rwanda: Chronicles of a Genocide Foretold
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5.0 out of 5 stars hotel rwanda Oct. 22 2011
By teacher
The dvd came in perfect condition. I would definitely buy from this seller again. Good service and fast shipping too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie, Amazing Man April 3 2011
I attended a hotel convention on April 6, 2009 where the theme was overcoming our current economic adversity, imagine our reaction when the keynote speaker was announced as Paul Rusesabagina, a former hotel manager. Mr. Rusesabagina spoke for 45 riveting minutes, without notes, without any AV aids to a packed house on his country's decent into madness and what it took to save 1268 lives with only the ability to think on your feet and the power of words. Whenever I get down about how my hotel business is going, or my life seems to be wearing on me, I only need to watch this film, it's an inspiration that there is a way out of my miniscule problems. The film is shot with style and class, there is no need to show people being massacred, realizing the road is not filled with pot holes but is strewen with corpes is powerful and makes it's point. Being Canadian and having listened to General DeLaire speak (a combination of people played by Nick Nolte) it is a reminder of how stupid we as people can be and just how political and slow to react the world was back in 1994. The movie is based in part on Mr. Rusesabagina's book " An Ordinary Man" also an excellent read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywierd rubbish
This strayed so far from the truth it rapidly became annoying to watch. Would like to offer no stars, if I could.
Published 24 months ago by Kelly Thierman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel Rwanda DVD
Ordered a DVD (Hotel Rwanda)which came very quickly and was in excellent condition as stated. Impressed with service and delivery and condition of product.
Published on Jan. 16 2012 by ruppert
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film, a Poor Education
If you just want to watch a powerful film, "Hotel Rwanda" is certainly a must. If you think you know anything about the genocide after watching this film, you've been grossly... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2010 by Xena Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Watch - But it must be watched ....
Hotel Rwanda is a remarkable film that borders between social commentary, documentary, and character study in the Main Character - Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed brilliantly by Don... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2009 by Bart Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible filmmaking
Any review online will tell you how good a story this is and how good the movie of it is so I really don't need to get into the obvious about all that. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2009 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars "We must shame them into sending help"
"Hotel Rwanda" isn't about entertainment, but rather about past mistakes and lessons that the International Community must learn from them. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2007 by M. B. Alcat
4.0 out of 5 stars une histoire d'un homme et non pas la politique
Ce film a été réalisé pour montrer au monde l'histoire d'un gérant d'un hotel. Read more
Published on March 20 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST AMAZING FILM EVER
This movie is so incredible, I was disturbed after seeing it. I don't know if I could ever watch it again but anyone who has GO SEE IT! I was speechless, and it changed me. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2005
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