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Tears Of The Sun [DVD] [2003]

Bruce Willis , Cole Hauser , Antoine Fuqua    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
  • Producers: Arnold Rifkin, Cathy Schulman, Heidi Fugeman, Ian Bryce, Joe Roth
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hindi
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WSTLU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



While it offers nothing new to the military-action genre, Tears of the Sun distinguishes itself with fine acting, expert craftsmanship and seriousness of purpose. Its familiar "extraction mission" plot is essentially similar to that of Black Hawk Down, involving a crack team of US Special Ops commandos struggling to rescue innocent missionaries amid the bloody horror of Nigerian ethnic cleansing. With Bruce Willis as their grizzled, no-nonsense commander, the skilful team enters a hot zone that gets even hotter when their "package"--an American national (Monica Bellucci) who runs the isolated mission--demands that 70 Nigerian villagers be included in the rescue. Willis's uneasy conscience leads him to defy orders and expand his mission, and in an ambitious follow up to Training Day, director Antoine Fuqua escalates tension and strike-force with considerable emotional impact. Originally considered as a potential entry in Willis's Die Hard series, and released in cinemas on the eve of America's war with Iraq, Tears of the Sun admirably avoids jingoism with its rousing story of personal good vs political evil. --Jeff Shannon

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Loyal veteran Navy S.E.A.L. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) is sent into the heart of war-torn Africa on a hazardous mission to rescue Dr. Lena Hendricks (Monica Bellucci), a U.S. citizen who runs a missionary. When the beautiful doctor refuses to abandon the refugees in her care, Lt. Waters finds himself having to choose between following orders and the dictates of his own conscience. Together, they begin a dangerous trek through the deadly jungle, all the while being pursued by a rebel militiagroup, with only one goal in mind: to assassinate Lt. Waters' unit and the refugees in his care.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted and compelling. 9 Mar 2004
Bruce Willis is one of those actors from whom you expect great things without there being any particular logic behind the inclination, after all, he makes some decidedly average films. I had heard that Tears of the Sun was a less than excellent exposition of the action man's talents and so I started to watch this film ready fortified for the expected ensuing disappointment.
As it turned out, I shouldn't have bothered, because as the film progressed, I became increasingly optimistic. Quite apart from the fact that the story was well crafted, I was completely unprepared for the stunning cinematrography, the beautiful cut-away shots of jungle flora and fauna and the excellent soundtrack. In many ways, this is a movie that didn't require Bruce Willis, and perhaps it's the big name lead that caused all the fuss and disappointment, since it's no star vehicle, but even so, Willis doesn't in any way disappoint. The tale is gripping and tense, there's plenty of action and the subject matter is compelling if at times, upsetting.
So, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, although I'm still not sure if my overall impression would be much changed by having greater hopes for it before it began, I guess a second viewing is in order to make sure, but I cannot in any way see how anyone would find this movie dull or hateful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film 14 Jun 2012
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Best film i've seen in a long time. Didn't think it was going to be all that but thought I'd watch it anyway and was completely blown away. Watched it with my 14 year old son, even he said it was amazing. Good, fast delivery from supplier too. Excellent purchase, very impressed.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep 3 May 2004
By A Customer
This is a truly underrated and poorly advertised masterpiece. Exposing the true horrors of war, exposes a unfamiliar side of Bruce Willis, a caring loving side.
Although at times deeply disturbing and horrific, some of the scenes are incredibly moving.
The balance obtained in this film is superb, between action drama and tagedy..
A superb piece of work...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best War Movie Made for years... 19 Sep 2010
I thought this film was filmed amazingly, had a serious and good plot and was generally a fantastic and powerful film. It doesn't have the usual Hollywood crap (well, maybe at the end), and i think it is just generally better made than most other war films out there at the moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, moving and gripping 9 May 2010
I tend to find most people who give rave reviews for films that otherwise get cynical receptions are simply two dimensional, lazy viewers. I would not consider myself one of these, so please hear me out. Yes, I do enjoy action films, and yes, sometimes I like to zone out. But this film stands apart from the pack for the effort, realisim and sheer powerful, fearful drama that goes into it. The film literally tips, from being a generic, not too great action film to being one of the most suspenseful climaxes I have ever seen. I've referenced this film in some of my other reviews for the 'edge of the seat' feeling as it ends. Arguably one of my favourite films.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Willis action on Blu Ray ! 17 Nov 2009
Treat this movie as an example of a Bruce Willis "action vehicle" and you'll enjoy the experience. In truth there is a bit more character development and story than in many action movies, but it's appeal will be mainly for the many well done action set pieces.

Picture and sound quality are superb on Blu Ray and are well ahead of the standard definition DVD. If you like this movie and have a Blu Ray player then this is definitely one disc you should upgrade to.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-valued 19 Mar 2005
A surprising blend of drama, action and storytelling. For some reason this film was dismissed by critics as being standard action fare. Perhaps this is one reason why I enjoyed it so much. Having expectations of a dull, hero worship, sub-Die Hard movie, this couldn't have been more involving. Bruce Willis is desperately mis-judged by so many critics, as his performance here (as in Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction) is controlled and wonderfully paced. He never goes for the easy action-man persona, instead he inflicts his character with pathos, regret and conflict towards his own life, career and actions.
With the military aspects so well demonstrated and a fine supporting cast, it is impossible not to be caught up in the ever-changing storyline.
A deep, disturbing menace from the enemy runs through the movie, instilling the desired amount of support for Willis and his squad. This means that by the time you reach the huge finale, you never really know where the movie will end. You know what you want, but this movie has had enough shocks already to unsettle the viewer.
Messages from the makers are obvious but never forced. The horrors of genocide are clear to see, but the reaction from the US Forces is controlled, ordered and official. Well, until a gut-wrenching dilemma forces Willis to re-assess his orders and his response.
A mammoth success. All the better for being disregarded by pompous critics. You don't need huge box office when a film is this good. It simply stands the test of time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it! 23 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I went to see this movie expecting Bruce Willis to be his usual "John MacClean [Die Hard]) self. Instead I was riveted to my seat by the intense reality of this excellent movie. The story contains such realism that it is shocking in parts, but at the same time it opens your eyes to the very real brutality that goes on in the war torn states in places like Africa. It was also an excellent portrayal of the US military covert ops. I don't think a real Navy SEAL would find much to criticise about this film. WATCH IT / BUY IT !!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willis in great form.
Dark & gritty movie. Bruce Willis in great form.
Published 8 days ago by Christopher Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bruce Willis in great shape. Lots of action here. A strong recommendation.
Published 1 month ago by per
5.0 out of 5 stars Ehh ... why the missing scenes?
Already had the DVD of this film and thoroughly enjoyed it, as have most fellow reviewers here, and happily give this action-packed but still poignant drama five stars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MarmiteMan
2.0 out of 5 stars Time killer film
This is the kind of film that you wach to kill a bit of time. Nothing special here. Watchable and that's about it
Published 3 months ago by AM Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is brilliant!
Bruce is his ebullient self, but the performances of some of the African actors are amazing! The subtlety and compelling performances of the actors when their characters subject to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by chriscy99
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bruce's best
I have always loved this film, which has new resonance against the current (2014) tribal warfare going on in the Central African Republic.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
Published 5 months ago by Zola Kyele
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his better ones.
well I am not a big Bruce fan but this is one of his better efforts .The story is not unique, the usual, woman needs rescuing from a African hot spot by US special forces and as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by alfieyear
5.0 out of 5 stars bruce at his bruciest
great action film. gung ho with a lot of emotion from the soldiers who go beyond their orders to save villagers from the onslaught of the fanatical machete wielding native horde.
Published 6 months ago by deano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great yet over looked movie
Watched this film loads of times before realising there was a directors cut with some vital scenes which makes the movie make more sense. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Andrew. S. Pearce
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