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.
When Paul says goodbye to the refugees at the hotel, US President Bill Clinton can be seen as Man of the Year on the cover of Time Magazine.
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.)
The producers wish to thank the people of Alexandra and Thembisa, Johannesburg, S.A.
$100,091 (USA) (26 December 2004)