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At Theaters: 3/7/2003 On Video: 6/10/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399963
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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Lt. A.K. Waters is the loyal veteran officer of a Navy S.E.A.L unit. When he's sent into the heart of Africa, the usually hard-bitten Waters finds himself deeply conflicted at having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience.
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Action Adventure - This is a VERY GRAPHIC movie that's hard to watch at times, because of all the bloody, brutal, senseless killing. However, it's an excellent story that I feel most will enjoy very much. There's lots of macho, special forces action, for action fans, but there's also a softer side to the story that will appeal to those who look for more than just action.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bruce Willis HART'S WAR, BANDITS, UNBREAKABLE, THE KID
Monica Bellucci BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, MALENA
Cole Hauser HART'S WAR, TIGERLAND, PITCH BLACK
Tom Skerritt THE OTHER SISTER, CONTACT
Director: Antoine Fuqua TRAINING DAY, BAIT, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS
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Production Notes Heading
An Epic Tale of Heroism
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 21 F-words, 9 GD's, 2 S-words, 1 A-word. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Very bloody, graphic and brutal war violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Several intense jungle battle scenes.
COMEDY: None
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "Yet the righteousness of Tears of the Sun would be more effective if the film weren't caught between realism and escapism, faux topicality and action dream. This may not be the best moment to make war look easier than it is.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Tears of the Sun is not a great movie, but it is satisfying, and represents an example of accomplished filmmaking. The film doesn't make the same kind of bold statement about war that is evident in productions like Platoon or Apocalypse Now. But, as might be presumed from the poetic title, there's more substance to be found here than one might initially expect from a Bruce Willis action flick.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Tears of the Sun is a film constructed out of rain, cinematography and the face of Bruce Willis. These materials are sufficient to build a film almost as good as if there had been a better screenplay.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "The movie might have gotten a dramatic boost from its topical theme, indirect as it is. Unfortunately, it's not one-tenth as interesting as what you can see at home during a nightly cable surf as U.S. war policy is debated.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 225 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
40
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
64
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
60
High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Outstanding opinions from all ages and both genders! The majority rated it very high, but there were a fair number who rated it "Good," which is just a little on the low side. Almost no one disliked it. This is obviously a movie I can highly recommend, as long as you can tolerate the graphic violence that is a necessary part of the film.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
An emotional movie that's often hard to watch because of the brutal, senseless killing. However, the graphic violence is a very necessary part of the story. If you can tolerate all this sad and brutal killing, you will find an excellent underlying story of compassion and self-sacrifice that makes this a great movie. With its macho special forces action, it will find an audience with action/war fans. It's underlying story of compassion for a brutally oppressed people will be of interest to those who have little or no interest in the war violence.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) 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 (Monica 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 (Tom 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.

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