In the production notes for Tears of the Sun, writer Alex Lasker talks about the movie's genesis as his effort (with co-writer Patrick Cirillo) to create his own The Sand Pebbles. His observation gives you a rough idea of where Tears of the Sun is headed. But the movies are very different. While The Sand Pebbles paid close attention to the lives of its characters and allowed them to exist as fully drawn people before thrusting them into battle, Tears of the Sun has no room for such a deliberate approach.
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