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Tears of the Sun/Basic [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Tears of the Sun: Audio commantary from director Antoine Fuqua
  • Tears of the Sun: Writer's observations
  • Tears of the Sun: Journey to Safety - Making Tears of the Sun
  • Tears of the Sun: Voices of Africa
  • Tears of the Sun: Deleted scenes
  • Tears of the Sun: Africa fact track
  • Tears of the Sun: Interactive map of Africa
  • Tears of the Sun: Trailers
  • Tears of the Sun: Animated menus
  • Basic: Mastered in high definition
  • Basic: Director's commentary
  • Basic: Filmographies
  • Basic: Theatrical trailers
  • Basic: Featurettes - Basic: A Director's Design; Basic Ingredients: A Writer's Perspective
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Basic
The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson) is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a hurricane sweeps in, and four of West's six men are dead, while West himself seems to have vanished. Eager to get the facts behind what happened, Col. Bill Styles (Tim Daly) assigns Capt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen) to investigate. However, Osborne is having a hard time getting the two survivors to talk, so Styles brings in Tom Hardy (John Travolta), a former Army Ranger who served under West and became a first-class interrogator; Hardy later became a DEA agent, but left law enforcement after allegations of corruption. Hardy interviews Dunbar (Brian Van Holt), who claims that the four soldiers had been murdered, and West was killed in retaliation. Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi), the other survivor (whose father is a powerful officer) has a very different story of how the five men turned up dead, and it's up to Hardy and Osborne to determine who is telling the truth -- or if anyone is saying exactly what happened. Basic marked the first time John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the same film together since their breakthrough roles in Pulp Fiction. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Tears of the Sun
A career soldier is forced to choose between following orders and saving lives in this action thriller. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) is a veteran Navy SEAL whose commander (Tom Skerritt) has given his team a special assignment. A Central African nation is expected to explode into war at any moment, and Waters and his cohorts are to escort any American citizens in the area to safety, most notably Dr. Lena Kendricks (Monica Bellucci), a doctor from the United States who has set up a clinic in the jungle. Waters and his men find Kendricks, but she refuses to leave with them unless she can bring along 70 refugees who have been left to her care. Kendricks makes it clear that if they are left behind, the refugees will face certain death, but Waters's C.O. insists he bring back Kendricks -- but not her patients. Forced by his conscience to disobey orders, Waters and his team race against time to escort the refugees to a border town where they will find safe haven before invading troops can ambush them. Tears of the Sun (which was produced under the title Man of War) also features Cole Hauser and Fionnula Flanagan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Travolta
    John Travolta - Agent Tom Hardy
  • Connie Nielsen
    Connie Nielsen - Capt. Julia Osborne
  • Samuel L. Jackson
    Samuel L. Jackson - Sgt. Nathan West
  • Giovanni Ribisi
    Giovanni Ribisi - Kendall
  • Brian Van Holt
    Brian Van Holt - Dunbar
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