Hotel Rwanda

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(out of 5)


In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina () goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide of the Tutsi people begins and the United Nations sets up shop in his hotel. Rusesabagina, a Hutu with a Tutsi wife, manages to save his neighbours from slaughter through cunning and on-the-spot swindling, setting them up at the Milles Collines while other Tutsi refugees continue to pour in looking for asylum. Still thinking the UN will help these people get out, our protagonist and the people he is protecting are devastated when they learn that the troops are only pressed to get the American and European citizens out of the country to safety but are to leave Rwandans where they are. Through a series of bribes and continued swindling, Rusesabagina somehow miraculously manages to keep 1268 from a genocide that saw a million people slaughtered with machete knives while the western world looked on, unmotivated to intervene by the lack of any reciprocal benefits for their own countries. This inspirational, terrifying tale is reminiscent of the great political thrillers of the early eighties (The Killing Fields, Missing); while it suffers a little from a lack of directorial power, it tells a story so incredible that the events speak for themselves. Cheadle is incredibly good, a performance that reaches deep into the soul of this man who overcame his first instinct to only save himself and his family and instead saved generations, and he is ably supported by , marvelous as his wife, as a Red Cross representative and cameos by  and .


United Kingdom/USA/Italy/South Africa, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by , Terry George

Cinematography by

Produced by Terry George, 

Music by , ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2004


Cast Tags: , , ,  


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Don Cheadle as “Paul Rusesabagina”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sophie Okonedo as “Tatiana Rusesabagina”)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Keir Pearson, Terry George)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Don Cheadle)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Million Voices”, music by Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis, Andrea Guerra, Wyclef Jean, lyrics by Wyclef Jean)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Don Cheadle)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Don Cheadle)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Sophie Okonedo)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Screenplay – Original

European Film Award
Best European Composer


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