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Beyond Borders (2003)



Critic Consensus: Beyond Borders is good-intentioned, but the use of human suffering as a backdrop for a romance comes across as sanctimonious and exploitative.

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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 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.more
Rating: R (for language and war-related violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2004
Box Office: $4.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Angelina Jolie
as Sarah Jordan
Clive Owen
as Nick Callahan
Teri Polo
as Charlotte Jordan
Linus Roache
as Henry Bauford
Noah Emmerich
as Elliot Hauser
Timothy West
as Lawrence Bauford
Kate Trotter
as Mrs. Bauford
John Gausden
as Jimmy Bauford
Isabelle Horler
as Anna Bauford
Iain Lee
as Master of Ceremonies
Kalyane Tea
as Steiger's Girlfriend
Julian Casey
as Police Officer
Norm Berketa
as Police Officer
Aidan Pickering
as TV Reporter
Tony Robinow
as Art Dealer
John Matshikiza
as Dawit Ningpopo
Sahajak Boonthanakit
as Port Official
Dennis Tan
as Port Official
Burt Kwouk
as Colonel Gao
Jasmin Geljo
as Truck Driver
Manuel Tadros
as Chechen Mobster
Vladimir Radian
as Muslim Warlord
Emma Stevens
as Journalist
Rob Burns
as Journalist
Matthew Tiffin
as Journalist
Robin Wilcock
as Journalist
Mark Antony Krupa
as Russian Soldier
Roman Chtinov
as Russian Soldier
Melissa Auf Der Mar
as Charity Ball Band Ba...
Sam Roberts
as Charity Ball Band Si...
Steve Durand
as Charity Ball Band Gu...
Jordan Zadorozny
as Charity Ball Band Gu...
Kelli Scott
as Charity Ball Band Dr...
Eric Digras
as Charity Ball Band Ke...
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Borders

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (37)

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… | October 28, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

... an old-fashioned romance.

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 26, 2003
Top Critic

A melodrama with pretensions to humanitarian generosity.

Full Review… | October 26, 2003
Top Critic

Important issues buried in soap opera silliness.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

...brutally haunting images ... in a setting where sappy dialogue evaporates like water.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Beyond Borders

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 morals. Still all in all a 5 star movie

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This will take you beyond your view about poverty and social worker matters but surely don't take you beyond your movie expectation!

Aliyanto Latip

Super Reviewer

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 Clive 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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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