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Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

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The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Roméo Dallaire (book), Michael Donovan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Dupuis ... General Romeo Dallaire
Owen Sejake Owen Sejake ... Ghanian General Henry Anyidoho (as Owen Lebakeng Sejake)
James Gallanders ... Major Brent Beardsley
Michel Mongeau ... Luc Marchal
Robert Lalonde ... Général Maurice Baril
John Sibi-Okumu John Sibi-Okumu ... Booh-Booh
Akin Omotoso ... Paul Kagame
Tom McCamus ... Phil Lancaster
John Matshikiza ... President Habyarimana
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Bernard Kouchner
Strini Pillai Strini Pillai ... Bangladeshi Commander
Craig Hourqueble Craig Hourqueble ... Willem
Kenneth Khambula Kenneth Khambula ... Major Kamenzi
Patrice Faye Patrice Faye ... Colonel Poncet
Chris Thorne Chris Thorne ... American Ambassador
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Storyline

In the end of 1993, the Canadian General Romeo Dallaire is assigned to lead the United Nation troops in Rwanda. In 1994, when the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus begins, General Dallaire gives his best effort to help the people in Rwanda, inclusive negotiating with the Tutsi rebels, the Hutu army and the Interhamwe militia. However, he fights against bureaucracy and lack of interest from the United Nations and witnesses the West World ignoring and turning back any sort of support, inclusive USA opposing in the security council of UN to any type of help. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A true story of compassion, courage and hope See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Aperte as Mãos do Diabo See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86, 31 October 2010

Gross USA:

$594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Dupuis collaborated significantly with Roméo Dallaire while researching this film and the two became friends. See more »

Goofs

At the international news report on the massacres, the modern Rwandan flag is depicted on the screen, which wasn't introduced until 2001, whereas the news report was from 1994, during the massacre. See more »

Quotes

General Romeo Dallaire: Somebody once said that peacekeeping is not a soldier's job, but only a soldier can do it!
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compelling and heartbreaking
16 November 2009 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

i thought this was was a well done film based on the autobiography of Canadian General Romeo Dallaire,who was tasked with the job of leading UN peacekeeping efforts in Rwanda,in what should have been a routine mission,until civil war breaks out.while the rest of the world turns its back,Dallaire does what he can to save as many innocents as he can while war wages on.the movie show how the ludicrousness of bureaucracy,as well as how cruel and unkind(not to mention hypocritical)our western world can be.this is not a movie i would say is enjoyable,given its subject matter.it is quite graphic and bleak.but is well made and the acting is is superb.for me,Shake Hands With The Devil is an 8/10


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