PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
The screenwriter spent one year writing the first draft of the script. During the process, he called the Rwandan embassy in DC. The woman who picked up the phone was a survivor who stayed at the Milles Collines Hotel.
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 ...
In chapter 2 when the Cuban lobsters are plunked haphazardly onto the table and floor, the chef instantly proclaims "10 are alive, 12 are dead." He makes this surprisingly precise calculation in under 3 seconds, without having had time to examine and number the crustaceans. Some of them were never even within his line of vision. (In the shooting script, the lobster scene was longer, and filled with comic relief and light hearted dramatic irony, providing a sharp contrast to the forthcoming war horrors.)
Apart from the movie's name, nothing else is shown in the opening titles.
$100,091 (USA) (24 December 2004)
$23,472,900 (USA) (15 April 2005)
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