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Tears Of The Sun [VHS] [2003]

4.5 out of 5 stars 144 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: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WSTO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,599 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) new action-adventure film, Bruce Willis stars as Lt. A.K. Waters, 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. Lt. Waters travels to war-torn Nigeria to rescue Dr. Lena Kendricks (Monica Bellucci), a U.S. citizen who runs a mission in the countryside. But when Lt. Waters arrives, Dr. Kendricks refuses to abandon the refugees under her care. She implores Waters to escort them on a dangerous trek through the dense jungle to the nearby border of Cameroon. During the journey, the S.E.A.L.s find themselves the unwitting guardians of a man sought by the rebel militia. This further endangers their already hazardous mission. But all the while it strengthens Waters’ resolve to protect Lena -- for whom he has unexpectedly developed feelings -- and the refugees, and to deliver them safely across the border.

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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 U.S. Special Ops commandos struggling to rescue innocent missionaries amidst the bloody horror of Nigerian ethnic cleansing. With Bruce Willis as their grizzled, no-nonsense commander, the skillful 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 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on 3 May 2004
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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.

No, this review concerns the Blu-ray edition I purloined a few days ago. Audio is a bit better, whilst stubble and beads of sweat are very clearly depicted, showing the efficacy of high-definition ... but WHY have several scenes been DELETED? Such as the closing scene of Arthur, now acknowledged as legal successor, addressing his fellow refugees at the Camerounian border; as Bruce & Co. take off in the helicopter, only Arthur’s fist and “Freedom!” are shown. These missing scenes are available in the Special Features, Deleted Scenes option ... but one is missing entirely: the scene where the victorious rebel leaders discuss which political bloc to turn to, The West, Russia or China. The other language option is Dutch, so am wondering if this is a ‘peculiarity of import.’

Am keeping my DVD; it is the whole film.
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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
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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