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Martin Campbell directs the romantic adventure Beyond Borders. Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, a American living with her wealthy British husband, Henry Bauford (Linus Roache), in London during ... read more read more...the early '80s. At a charity benefit, she meets passionate relief worker Nick Callahan (Clive Owen), who chastises the rich people for not helping out the needy in war-torn countries. Sarah is quickly compelled to join his humanitarian cause to fight the famine in Ethopia. She then follows him to Cambodia, where they start up a love affair and Nick gets involved in an arms-smuggling operation before they finally end up in Chechnya. Teri Polo appears as Sarah's international journalist sister, Charlotte. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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R, 2 hr. 7 min.

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Release Date: October 24, 2003

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DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004

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  • October 21, 2010
    This movie goes where others are afraid to go Show the lives of children in Africa. Clive Owen plays a take no Bull Shi^ from anybody and in the process falls in love with Miss Rich Girl who is married but still Sleeps with the Doctor anyway. Oh thats right its 2010, have so mora... read morels. Still all in all a 5 star movie
  • January 13, 2010
    It is so incredibly shameful how the well-intentioned and promising first half about the misery in Africa gives place to a ridiculous and exploitative romance in the final act.
  • April 3, 2007
    This will take you beyond your view about poverty and social worker matters but surely don't take you beyond your movie expectation!
  • August 22, 2012
    Beyond Borders is an overly political and melodramatic film that doesn't have much of a plot. The film follows a wealth socialite that feels compelled to become involved with a world relief program and starts a torrid affair with an international aid worker. Angelina Jolie and ... read moreClive Owen lead the cast, but their performances so overdramatic that everything feels forced. The plot is especially weak and neither the story nor the characters are developed all that well. Unfortunately, Beyond Borders is little more than an exploitative piece of trite that plays on people's sympathies.
  • December 12, 2011
    A great romance, that has a beliveable connection between the leading roles.
  • December 10, 2007
    I'm not a fan of Jolie's but for some reason, this film was a little okay.
  • July 22, 2006
    Too much pressed into one film. Yet I was moved, the actors are pretty good... A reluctant 3 stars, the film is very faulty. But the good moments are good enough to balance the clichéd and over-burdened script.
  • NakedinKorea
    November 25, 2011
    Critics are right when they say this movie pushes an agenda more than anything else. I didn't realize that was a bad thing. I always thought the best movies inform us and make us feel, and this movie offers plenty of that. It's far from the ranks of "Hotel Rwanda" or "The Kill... read moreing Fields" in terms of sociopolitical issues turned into feature-length films, but it made for one of the more enjoyable movies I watched in an undergraduate global affairs class, and you have to admire Jolie's clear commitment to the material, which helped jumpstart a life since dedicated to activism and charity. There's the real story.
  • May 11, 2009
    Powerful, disturbing....often emotionally painful to watch. It's good, but not something I'll ever want to see again.
  • June 30, 2008
    Its a very sad movie. it kind of surprised me a little bit. Also based a bit on a true story. things that UN were going thru at that time. Good couples movie...

Critic Reviews

Mark Holcomb
October 28, 2003
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

It all becomes little more than feel-good-about- feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of Utne Reader in Dolby Surround Sound. Full Review

Richard Roeper
October 27, 2003
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

... an old-fashioned romance. Full Review

James Berardinelli
October 26, 2003
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

An unconvincing melodrama that seems more interested in pushing an agenda and preaching than in developing legitimate, compelling characters. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
October 26, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek,

A melodrama with pretensions to humanitarian generosity. Full Review

Jen Chaney
October 24, 2003
Jen Chaney, Washington Post

Well-intentioned but astonishingly flat. Full Review

Libby Copeland
October 24, 2003
Libby Copeland, Washington Post

The premise of the movie deserves better.

Claudia Puig
October 24, 2003
Claudia Puig, USA Today

A far-fetched romantic adventure. Full Review

Geoff Pevere
October 24, 2003
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

To imagine that there are those who would scoff at the idea that fashion cares! As Beyond Borders demonstrates with such lavish sensitivity, fashion cares like nothing else. When it comes to giving up... Full Review

Erik Lundegaard
October 24, 2003
Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times

It's an inspiring story. I just wish a better movie accompanied it. Full Review

C.W. Nevius
October 24, 2003
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

Beyond Borders is a film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do-gooder mush. Full Review

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