Tears of the Sun

Genre:  Action/Adventure
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: March 7, 2003
DVD: June 10, 2003
Netflix: January 1, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.15
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Cast: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker, Nick Chinlund, Fionnula Flanagan, Malick Bowens, Tom Skerritt


When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters (Willis), a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks (Bellucci). Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes (Skerritt) to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks’ cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle.

As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters’ team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that among the refugees is the sole survivor of the country’s previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Ian Bryce, Mike Lobell, Arnold Rifkin
Screenplay: Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/tearsofthesun/

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  • 5 stars "One of my favorite movies. First the cinematography was unbelievable, and the way the characters evolved was fantastic. Pittsburgh is PROUD to have a director of this quality!"
  • 5 stars "Wow! What an amazing experience. I love it story music perfect the erie murdering scene really scared the hell out of me man it's like watching Hitler movies over again. You guys did a great job with this movie shows great talent behind it Thank you"
  • 5 stars "top movie , one of bruce willis's best, bought the DVD"