Beyond Borders

Character: Sarah Jordan
Original Release: October 24, 2003 (US)
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Written by: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
Produced by: Dan Halsted, Dieter Meyer, Roland Pellegrino, Lloyd Phillips
Running Time: 127 minutes
Box Office: $4,426,297 (US)

Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in 1984. She is married to Henry Bauford son of a wealthy British industrialist, when she encounters Nick Callahan a renegade doctor, whose impassioned plea for help to support his relief efforts in war-torn Africa moves her deeply. As a result, Sarah embarks upon a journey of discovery that leads to danger, heartbreak and romance in the far corners of the world.

Cast & Characters

Clive Owen (Nick Callahan), Teri Polo (Charlotte Jordan), Linus Roache (Henry Bauford), Noah Emmerich (Elliott Hauser), Yorick van Wageningen (Steiger), Timothy West (Lawrence Bauford), Kate Trotter (Mrs. Bauford), Jonathan Higgins (Philip)

Photo Gallery
Filming Dates: December 15, 2001 -
Filming Locations:
  • Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • Charlevoix Region, Québec, Canada
  • Gobabis, Namibia
  • England, UK
  • Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Angelina Jolie learnt how to play the classical song “Träumerei” by Robert Schumann on the piano especially for the movie, you can view a video clip in the video archive.
  • Angelina Jolie adopted her son Maddox during filming of this movie while in Cambodia.
  • Her previously visiting Cambodia while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and this movie is part of what inspired Angelina Jolie to become interested and active in third world aid and relief work causes.
  • Prior to making this film, Angelina Jolie did volunteer work for the same United Nations organization her character plays in the film. She was ultimately named a UN goodwill ambassador and in 2003 published some journals she wrote of her experiences, titled "Notes from My Travels", to raise funds for refugee relief. Some of the places she writes about are featured in this movie.
  • Angelina Jolie performs her own piano playing. It is featured in the DVD extra material.
  • All the villages in exotic locations were authentic. The crews installed real running water for the grateful villagers. Some of them had never even seen a white man until then.
  • Beyond Borders is a film Angelina Jolie wants to show to her son when he's old enough to understand it.
  • Angelina Jolie said Clive Owen was a very sexy man and he fell over laughing when she said that.
  • At one point, Oliver Stone was slated to direct this film as his last, but decided to make Alexander (2004) instead.
  • Thailand stood in for the scenes set in Cambodia.
  • Ralph Fiennes was originally attached to this project when Oliver Stone was still slated to direct, according to an interview with Fiennes on Charlie Rose (December 28, 2000).
  • Some of the original casting choices were Catherine Zeta-Jones, Meg Ryan Kevin Costner, Richard Gere Ralph Fiennes and Julia Roberts.
  • The scene where Angelina Jolie's character chases a vulture away from a starving little girl is almost certainly a reference to the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph "The vulture and the little girl" by Kevin Carter which caused huge public outrage.
  • Filmed in five months over three continents. There were delays due to fog and heavy rain, but the foreign extras regaled the crew with an impromptu song and dance number.
  • The script went through twelve drafts before completion.

Memorable Quotes

Sarah Jordan: I wonder, do we all know where we belong? And if we do, in our hearts, why do we so often do nothing about it? There must be more to this life, a purpose for us all, a place to belong. You were my home. I knew from the moment I met you, that night, so many years ago.

Sarah Jordan: You have always been with me. Your courage, your smile, your damned stubbornness. There has never been any distance between us, and there never will be. I love you Nick. I love you.

Sarah Jordan: Perhaps we are all refugees from something, but I see now there is nothing to fear, that the world we hold onto, the lives we cherish, are a part of something greater, something more. When I look at my children I see it so clearly, that hope, that chance of life, and I know it's worth fighting for.

Sarah Jordan: Why do you never say my name?
Nick Callahan: Sorry?
Sarah Jordan: You never say my name. Why?
Nick Callahan: What's the first thing you do when you get a cold?
Sarah Jordan: What?
Nick Callahan: What's the first thing you do when you get a cold?
Sarah Jordan: Uh... chicken soup, aspirin, scotch...
Nick Callahan: You never just have the cold?
Sarah Jordan: I don't know what...
Nick Callahan: Taken nothing. Just have the cold?
Sarah Jordan: No
Nick Callahan: No, and that's us, right? We drown it. Kill it. Numb it, anything not to feel. You know, when I was a doctor in London, no one ever said 'medahani'. They don't thank you like they thank you here. Cos here they feel everything, straight from God. There's no drugs, no painkillers. It's the weirdest, purest thing - suffering. And when you've seen that kind of courage in a li... - pauses, tears well up -... in a child... How could you ever want to do anything but just hold him in your arms? You remember that boy in London, JoJo?
Sarah Jordan: Yes of course.
Nick Callahan: He was my first save, 10 years old. So thin he could barely stand. But he still found the strength the bury the rest of his family. We have no idea what courage is... He used to write me little notes. He helped me in the clinic. He was good. He was sweet, he was good. He wanted to be like me, I liked that. I mean, it was silly and childish, but it made me feel good about myself. So I took him with me to London, you know, my talisman, my courageous Africa... - pauses - How could I be so bloody stupid? How could I be so totally selfish? The point is... he was my friend. He had a name. So now I HAVE to remember him. If everybody I lose has a name...

Sarah Jordan: Never forget what took me a lifetime to learn; you have only one heart, be true to it.

Nick Callahan: I came here to help these people, and the only way I can do that is if I transport guns.
Sarah Jordan: You don't have to transport guns to help people.
Nick Callahan: You do here.

Awards & Nominations

Political Film Society - Peace