Tears of the SunMarch 7, 2003
Bruce Willis plays a Special-Ops commander who leads his team into the jungle of Nigeria to rescue a doctor played by Monica Belluci who will only go with them if they agree to rescue 70 refugees too.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 6.4/10 (47,294 voted)
Critic's Score: 48/100
Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci
Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. 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…
Writers: Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
Lieutenant A.K. Waters
Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks
James 'Red' Atkins
Ellis 'Zee' Pettigrew
Michael 'Slo' Slowenski
Demetrius 'Silk' Owens
Danny 'Doc' Kelley
Jason 'Flea' Mabry
Captain Bill Rhodes
Colonel Idris Sadick
The lives of many rest in the courage of a few.
Sony Pictures |
Release Date: 7 March 2003
Filming Locations: Dole Plantation – 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $17,057,213
(9 March 2003)
Did You Know?
Kevin Smith was originally cast to co-star with Bruce Willis as a supporting SEAL team member. Tragically, he died from head injuries sustained from a three story prop tower fall, after his last film
Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao wrapped.
In the final battle when the SEALs are retreating to the Cameroon border, Navy SEALs would never get that separated from each other in that situation to the point where they would have to ask who is where and what their status was. Getting that far apart compromises all small unit tactics that SEALs are taught and the team would loose total combat effectiveness. Though they would still use air support, Navy SEALs would never make themselves that vulnerable.
Female news reader:
The tension that had been brewing for months in Nigeria exploded yesterday as exiled General Mustafa Yakubu orchestrated a swift and violent coup against the democratically elected government of President Samuel Azuka. In a land with 120 million people and over 250 ethnic groups…
Very worthwhile movie…give it a try.
Hmmm…where do I start? Should I point out to a recent reviewer, who
sarcastically pointed out that Nigeria has an air force and could have
bombed the group fleeing through the jungle, that the "bad guys" are rebels,
not government forces? Since the rebels just killed everyone in the
President's family, they probably scared off the government pilots, too.
And since when was a movie so horribly, horribly bad because it couldn't be
filmed in the actual location? So what if this was filmed somewhere other
than Nigeria? And so what if the music was not "authentic Nigerian music"?
I don't remember a title card at the beginning of the movies saying it's a
National Geographic documentary.
This is a good movie. Less action than many war movies and less thought
than some political dramas. There are good and bad people of all races.
There's tension and there are explosions and gunfire. There is ample
opportunity to reflect on what mankind is capable of doing to each other for
Give it a chance and I think you'll enjoy it. Better yet, I think you'll be
sombered by it.