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Saturday Blockbuster: Tears of the Sun

Saturday October 24th at 9.35pm

Tears of the Sun

Cast: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker

Director: Antoine Fuqua

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
--Edmund Burke

Director Antoine Fuqua, who took us on a gritty, realistic journey through the mean streets of Los Angeles in the Oscar®-winning Training Day, now brings us a fictional but unflinching account of heroism in the face of overwhelming odds in Revolution Studios' Tears of the Sun, starring Bruce Willis.  

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.  

Revolution Studios presents A Michael Lobell Production, A Cheyenne Enterprises Production, Tears of the Sun, a Columbia Pictures release, starring Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci. Tears of the Sun is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The film is written by Alex Lasker (Beyond Rangoon) & Patrick Cirillo (Homer and Eddie). The executive producer is Joe Roth. The film is produced by Michael Lobell (Honeymoon in Vegas), Arnold Rifkin (The Whole Nine Yards) and Ian Bryce (Saving Private Ryan).  

An ensemble of seasoned performers and fast-rising newcomers portray the men in Waters' squadron with Cole Hauser (White Oleander) as James "Red" Atkins, Eamonn Walker (HBO's "Oz") as Ellis "Zee" Pettigrew, Johnny Messner (The Sweetest Thing) as Kelly Lake, Nick Chinlund (Training Day) as Michael "Slo" Slowenski, Paul Francis (Pearl Harbor) as Danny "Doc" Kelley, Chad Smith as Jason "Flea" Mabry and Charles Ingram as Demetrius "Silk" Owens. Veteran character actor Tom Skerritt (M*A*S*H, Top Gun) plays their commanding officer Capt. Bill Rhodes. Other cast members include Malick Bowens (Ali) as Colonel Idris Sadick and Fionnula Flanagan (The Others) as Sister Grace. 

Fuqua is reunited with a trio of talented technicians from his Oscar®-winning film Training Day -- director of photography Mauro Fiore (The Center of the World), production designer Naomi Shohan (American Beauty) and Academy Award®-winning film editor Conrad Buff, A.C.E. (Titanic). The costume designer is Marlene Stewart (Ali).   Academy Award®-winner Hans Zimmer (Gladiator) composed the film's dramatic score.