Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix
[PG-13] violence, disturbing images, brief strong language
About The Movie (synopsis provided by MGM)
Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved--and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Hotel Rwanda tells the inspiring story of real life hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart and proved that one good man can make a difference.
Despite its highly political theme, Hotel Rwanda is careful not to carry a preachy or partisan tone. It excels at dramatizing international events in a way that connects with audiences and educates without sounding like a textbook. Paul Rusesabagina, well played by Don Cheadle in a highly acclaimed performance, is depicted as an everyday man who manages to accomplish the extraordinary, and as director Terry George put it in our exclusive interview, "he's not a superhero, he's not somebody outside the conceptualization of ordinary people."
Hotel Rwanda has been nominated for a trio of Golden Globes, including Best Dramatic Motion Picture and Best Actor for Don Cheadle.
Viewers interested in this film are encouraged to check out our one-on-one interview with Paul Rusesabagina, the remarkable real life inspiration for the film.