Beyond Borders (film)

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Beyond Borders
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Theatrical poster for Beyond Borders
Directed byMartin Campbell
Produced byDan Halsted
Lloyd Phillips
Written byCaspian Tredwell-Owen
StarringAngelina Jolie
Clive Owen
Teri Polo
Linus Roache
Noah Emmerich
Yorick van Wageningen
Music byJames Horner
CinematographyPhil Méheux
Edited byNicholas Beauman
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24) (U.S.)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million
Box office$11.7 million

Beyond Borders is a 2003 American romantic-drama film about aid workers, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo and Kate Ashfield.[1][2] The original music score was composed by James Horner.

Reflecting Jolie's real-life interest in promoting humanitarian relief,[3] the film was critically and financially unsuccessful. The film was marketed with the tagline "In a place she didn't belong, among people she never knew, she found a way to make a difference."[4]

Concurrently with the release of the film, Jolie published Notes from My Travels, a collection of journal entries from her real-life experiences as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) — similar to her character in the film.


While attending a fund-raising gala, Sarah Jordan (Angelina Jolie), a naive, married American socialite living in England, witnesses a fiery plea delivered by an intruder – a renegade humanitarian, Dr. Nick Callahan (Clive Owen). His plea made on behalf of impoverished children under his care turns Sarah's life upside down. Attracted to Nick and his cause, she impulsively abandons her job at an art gallery and sheltered life in England to work alongside him in his effort to aid the refugee camps. She travels to Ethiopia.

As Sarah's work takes her to these volatile areas, where few people have traveled and even fewer have survived, she discovers that the harsh realities she encounters, and her growing romantic attraction to the charismatic, unpredictable doctor, ignite in her a passion for saving lives, while risking her own in the process. She works for humanitarian and human rights organizations for ten years after she first travels to Ethiopia, and eventually works for the U.N.H.C.R. and acts as a regional representative for the United Kingdom.



The film was shot on location in Thailand, Namibia and Canada.


Beyond Borders received negative reviews from critics, as the movie currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 103 reviews. Critical consensus on the film has it that "Beyond Borders is good-intentioned, but the use of human suffering as a backdrop for a romance comes across as sanctimonious and exploitative."

It was nominated for the Political Film Society Award for Peace, losing to Sandstorm. Angelina Jolie received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress nomination for her performances in this and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but lost to Jennifer Lopez for Gigli.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Overview The New York Times.
  2. ^ Beyond Borders Archived July 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Yahoo! Movies.
  3. ^ Sims, David (May 29, 2014). "Angelina Jolie Struggled With 'Beyond Borders,' the First of Many Passion Projects". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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