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Tears of the Sun (Special Edition)
Tears of the Sun
Special Edition
Actors: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
R     2003     2hr 1min

U.S. forces must rescue doctor admist unrest in Africa.

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Actors: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Creators: Arnold Rifkin, Cathy Schulman, Heidi Fugeman, Ian Bryce, Joe Roth, Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Bruce Willis, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2003
Original Release Date: 03/07/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 1min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 114
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 8/2/2012...
Great and heart wrenching story, I cried for the characters.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jewl W. (wallja99) from CORDOVA, TN
Reviewed on 9/29/2011...
Great Movie, Fast paced, wonderful acting. Keeps you on your seat.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 3/25/2011...
Tough story...well done.

Movie Reviews

John McCain: Navy SEAL?
John | Cleveland, OH | 03/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tears of the Sun is more than what the trailers make it out to be. It's not your normal action movie, meaning the plot isn't just an excuse to have lots of things blow up. The story focuses more on the internal struggles of Willis's character than anything else. If you watched the trailer and were hoping for Die Hard 4: The African Edition, you will be sorely disappointed.The plot revolves around a mission by US Navy SEALs to go into a hostile area of Nigeria and rescue an American doctor. The doctor (Monica Bellucci) is living at Mission, taking care of sick and dying Nigerians. Getting the doctor out is only a minor hassle, the real trouble begins when Willis' characters internal struggles of following orders vs. doing what is right get the best of him and he decides to try and save all the Nigerian patients. From there all hell breaks loose and there are a few surprises before the end.As I said before, this is not your normal action movie. It doesn't go gonzo on the special effects and explosions, but obviously this is a war movie and there is plenty of violence near the end. The thing is, by the time people do start dying, you will care. On a side note, there are several parts of the movie that are unrealistic (the main one being a Navy SEAL going against explicit orders from his commanding officer), but these can be easily forgiven and overlooked.The combat depicted is on par with the best recent war movies, such as Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers. It's very realistic. The "grand finale" battle at the end is a pretty intense 30 minutes, and is best experienced at a theater with good sound. Overall, this is a very satisfying movie that is worth the exorbitant ticket prices these days."
Tears [of the Sun]
Jon Warshawsky | San Diego, CA USA | 03/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Tears of the Sun brings Bruce Willis back to the rebel-with-a-cause-and-a-big-gun role. This isn't a date movie. Lots of guerrilla combat, lots of blood and a subplot that is revealed only well into the movie -- and I won't spoil it for you. If the basic plot is nothing new, the film comes together very well, and it outclasses a lot of other action flicks.Willis (as Lt. Waters) leads his men into Nigeria to rescue an American doctor. In a fit of conscience, after having achieved his mission, Waters orders his choppers to return so that he can rescue the band of doomed refugees. We feel good about that. Especially after seeing what the Nigerian rebels did to the hospital after Waters and company evacuated. If you accept that a special forces lieutenant would disobey orders and follow his conscience, the rest of the story unfolds well.Visually, Tears of the Sun is a stunner. You will feel as though you spent a couple of hours in the rain forest. Some of the gorier scenes look like the sort of thing that might be omitted from news coverage of such events, but it was enough for me. The pace is intense -- not much time spent chatting around the campfire. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the military operations, but Willis is very credible in this role, and realism tends to win out over dramatic licence. At least until the final sequences.If you like action films with at least a layer of human interest, you will probably enjoy Tears of the Sun. It falls short only in the ways most desperation mission movies do -- some narrow escapes that require us to be grateful for our heroes without overanalyzing. ... But the overall writing is quite good. ...Tears of the Sun may not be the film of the year, but it holds together well and kept the audience absorbed. It shows American soldiers as capable, confident and caring. That's a good image, and one that sends you home thinking that our men and women in uniform can do a lot of good."
Tears of the Sun is well worth seeing
John | 03/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Tears of the Sun is a first class war movie in the realistic style of Black Hawk Down. The plot centers on a mission by US Navy SEALs to rescue an American doctor at a mission in Nigeria during a civil war.
Bruce Willis stars as the officer commanding the SEAL detachment. He and the other actors potraying SEALs received training from real SEALs and, therefore, come across as authentic instead of the usual Hollywood portayal of speical operators as undiscplined psychopaths.
The level of violence in this movie is high as expected in a war movie, but it is never exaggerated or cartoonish. Neither is it included just to keep the excitement level up. Instead, violence is portrayed as the inevitable product of war and is shown realistically as real human suffering.
The movie is very tightly edited and moves quickly. There are no long periods of chatter and no padding. The movie gets right into the story it intends to tell and moves along quickly. I was surprised when the movie ended that 2 hours had actually passed.
The battle scenes are clearly the product of some considerable effort at realism. The good guys are not invincible and the bad guys are not incompetent. Weapons effects are realistic, not exaggerated. Wounds are authentically gory, but not overdone for effect's sake.
In conclusion. Tears of the Sun attempts to paint a believeable picture of believable human beings in a frightening and brutal situation. It is one of the finest war movies I have seen and I recommend it highly to anyone who likes the genre."