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Shooting Dogs [DVD] [2007]

John Hurt , Hugh Dancy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Steve Toussaint, Dominique Horwitz, Louis Mahoney
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R342Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In April, 1994, the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda crashes and the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, the Catholic priest Christopher and the idealistic English teacher Joe Connor lodge two thousand and five hundred Rwandans survivors in the school under the protection of the UN Belgian force and under siege of the Hutu militia.

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John Hurts character is the heart and soul of an unusually thoughtful film. -- Andy Jacobs - BBC

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 29 Jun 2006
By J W
Format:DVD
I highly recommend this film which is probably less well known than 'Hotel Rwanda', but which is no less powerful. From the moment the film started I was involved in the film. Hugh Dancy is brilliant as a idealistic young teacher and John Hurt turns in a elegant and understated performance as a catholic priest. Towards the end he utters one of the most powerful and moving lines of the film when faced with one of the Hutu killers. This is a very emotional film and be prepared to be in tears by the end of the movie. It highlights the important role, or lack of, of the UN and Western powers in preventing the genocide in Rwanda. It is hard to believe that it was only 12 years ago.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hotel Rwanda is the Hollywood attempt at the account of the genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans were killed in less than 3 months. In comparison, Shooting Dogs is a more comprehensive and emotionally involving account of the tradegy.

John Hurt is superb in his role as the Priest and headteacher of a school that hides Tutsis from Hutu extremists. The constraint of the UN peacekeepers in their role at the school and the response by the international is also played out accurately.

The most touching aspect of the film perhaps is the role of the survivors in making the film and the credits inform of the loses they suffered.

Rwanda, like East Timor and Cambodia has failed to get the public attention that the Holocaust has received and films like Shooting Dogs are deserved attempts to bring the tradegy home.

The film has not failed to reduce friends and family to tears, one of the most powerful films released in recent times albeit to low publicity.

To get a deeper understanding about the genocide I recommend Shake Hands With The Devil.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb account, a must watch. 13 Oct 2006
By Tom
Format:DVD
Having spent time out in Rwanda in 2004, the recent films about the genocide (Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs) have been a must watch for me, and they haven't disappointed. Shooting dogs is a graphic and emotional account of the genocide that is made all the more real by being filmed in Rwanda - filmed in actual places some of the atrocities happened. It is just a must watch, and although there have been controversies about the filming of the movie on location in Rwanda (ie Rwandans reliving the horrors of the genocide - hearing gunshots whilst filming, stirring up the divide between Tutsi and Hutu), it adds an extra something that Hotel Rwanda just doesn't have.

This is an excellent film that should be seen by all. We need to learn from our mistakes, and the UN should consider buying a copy of this for all their members!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The beauty of this movie is in its simplicity. initially I found it a bit slow, and disconnected, but it all comes together in the end. The characteres are life-like and not exagerated, unlike what you find in a lot of Hollywood movies. Their emotions, their dilemas, their decisions are very real. No-one is portrayed as evil, or overly good, they are just decent human beings, doing what they can. For example it would have been easy to portray the belgian officer in charge of the UN forces at the school, as a baddy. But instead, we can see what it must have been like for him too, and the constraints that he has to work with. The title of the movie comes clear as an expression of how powerless the UN troops were, because of the lack of political backing. They can only shoot at the dogs.

This movie tries to help you understand how such horrors can actually happen. It shows one of the Hutus charactere, who also seems like a decent guy, getting sucked into the madness.

There are no heros in this movie, in the hollywood sense. Just ordinary good people trying to do what they think is right. This movie is very humble in the sense that it's telling a true story with no attempt to make it anything else than what it was. It really makes you think.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story of Rwanda 1994 23 Jun 2007
By Seb M
Format:DVD
Hotel Rwanda was a good film. It opened a grim reality to wide audience, waking people up to the shameful behaviour of the rest of the world in the mid 1990s. But in making the film appeal to the mass market, there was some caricaturing of individuals, some mushing of multiple personalities into single roles which flattened some of the characters and as a result, you didn't feel like you were there. You felt touched...but lightly.

Shooting Dogs is fundamentally the same story. It's about not being able to help everyone; of choosing the lesser of two evils; and the challenges of watching humanity ripped apart. It's about being a stranger where one has felt welcome; and about the sheer fear and fatalism that comes from having ones security withdrawn.

But it takes a very different approach to Hotel Rwanda, focusing on a single incident at a school compound and on a handful of key personalities rather than telling the story of the genocide at a national level through the acts of one man. That said...it's not a claustrophobic film to watch in any way as there is a lot of crowd action.

It's far easier to be sucked into the film and it is very moving. The images are less confronting but the story and the outcomes far more so. One leaves the film not able to remember any key scenes, or recite any of the lines, but a bit shellshocked and thinking that it's an amazing film.

Despite being more forgettable, the film is somehow more tangible - the fear more intense but easier to empathise with (perhaps because it's ramped up more slowly).

The acting is excellent, the dynamic between Dancy and Hurd almost familial and it's a film that works and a strong story.

I personally preferred this to Hotel Rwanda even if it was not as gripping. If you're the kind of person that likes to leave a film touched rather than impressed, this may be a film for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best one yet
I recently went on a movie night binge regarding the Rwandan genocide, as I was woefully ignorant when it comes to this dark period in history and wanted to educate myself. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Griesmayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing
I've watched every gore fest, every torture porn, every sick and twisted horror movie out there. I thought I was unshockable, but clearly not. Read more
Published 4 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film.
For someone who had no idea what happened in Rwanda, this was a real eye opener. A harrowing, authentic movie that that doesn't pull it's punches. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clayton Sinclair
1.0 out of 5 stars hated the "forced view" trailers
Although this was a very good film that clearly highlighted the genocide in Rwanda, the likes of which many African leaders are trying to cover up with their attempts to have the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Not Dead Yet
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Film and Good Quality Disc
Well packaged product.
The film itself was well executed with good realistic sets, quality graphics/pictures and chilling portrayal of events. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chinyemike Okonji
4.0 out of 5 stars A real tear jerker
I bought this to inform me on the Rwandan massacre and I ended up with tears running down my cheeks. It was jst such a wonderful film with laughs and tears.
Published 12 months ago by Rianne
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film
Excellent performance by John Hurt as the local missionary priest working with the christian population in Rwanda. Itgives a different perspective to the Genocide.
Published 15 months ago by OWLISE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, powerful and moving
Well worth a watch, emotional, gripping. If you're interested in Rwanda there is a story to be told here. Remember this is the past though! Rwanda is doing much better these days.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. J. B. Poulton
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Real
I was recommended this film by a friend & it didn't disappoint in its gritty realism, however I just think it lacked something to make it mainstream & accepted. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rob Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
This film is a must. It really got me thinking and I saw a different side to the Genocide. The acting is fantastic and it's a well made film. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2012 by S. Pearce
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