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Tears of the Sun

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Antoine Fuqua
  • 115 mins
  • 15

Summary

A veteran lieutenant leads an elite Navy Seal team on an undercover mission to evacuate a doctor from crisis-torn Nigeria. However, the brutality of the conflict prompts the rescuers to disobey orders and intervene to save the lives of helpless refugees. Action drama, starring Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser and Eamonn Walker.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Bruce Willis is up to his neck in mud and bullets in this passable action thriller, playing the gruff, tough leader of an elite marine squad that's sent into civil war-torn Nigeria to extricate a prominent mission worker (Monica Bellucci). But Willis's mission is complicated when Bellucci decides to bring half the neighbourhood back with her, against the wishes of the uppity local militia. Cue two hours of bullets, blood and bombast. The story certainly isn't painted in shades of grey: things are either black (locals, largely bad) or white (Americans, largely good), and the gung-ho, hyper-patriotic finale confirms yet again that, in the minds of US film-makers, nothing succeeds like excess.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt AK WatersBruce Willis
Dr Lena KendricksMonica Bellucci
James "Red" AtkinsCole Hauser
Ellis "Zee" Pettigrew"Eamonn Walker
Michael "Slo" SlowenskiNick Chinlund
Sister GraceFionnula Flanagan
Col Idris SadickMalick Bowens
Capt Bill RhodesTom Skerritt
Kelly LakeJohnny Messner
Danny "Doc" KellyPaul Francis

Crew

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DirectorAntoine Fuqua

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2003-09-12
Language
English
Guidance
Nudity, edited for some of its language and violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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