Shake Hands with the Devil 2010

Shake Hands With the Devil

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Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) witnesses atrocities while leading a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Rwanda.

Cast

Roy Dupuis
as Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire
Owen Lebakeng Sejake
as Ghanian Gen. Henry Anyidoho
James Gallanders
as Maj. Brent Beardsley
Odile Katesi Gakire
as Madame Agathe
Michel Mongeau
as Luc Marchal
Owen Sejake
as Ghanian Gen. Henry Anyidoho
Robert Lalonde
as Gen. Maurice Baril
Tom McCamus
as Phil Lancaster
Akin Omotoso
as Gen. Paul Kagame
John Sibi-Okumu
as Booh-Booh
Jean-Hugues Anglade
as Bernard Kouchner
David Calderisi
as Boutros Boutros-Ghali
John Matshikiza
as President Habyarimana
John Matchikiza
as Habyarimana
Strini Pillai
as Bangladeshi Commander
Craig Hourqueie
as Willem/Robert
Kenneth Khambula
as Major Kamenzi
Patrice Faye
as Col. Poncet
Alex Kamanzi
as Jean-Pierre
Chris Torne
as Ambassador Rawson
Philip Akin
as Kofi Annan
Amanda Alden
as CNN Reporter
Sarah Ashimwe
as Angry Woman
Raymond Awazi
as Ghanian Doctor
Guy Benoni
as Young Boy
Robert Fridjhon
as Frank Claeys
Stephen Backingam
as British Ambassador
Alexi Kamanzi
as Jean-Pierre
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Critic Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (5)

  • The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.

    November 12, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.

    November 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective in illustrating the grotesque power plays that led to the deaths of more than 800,000 Tutsis.

    November 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.

    September 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

    September 25, 2007 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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  • Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.

    September 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil

  • Sep 20, 2011
    Another viewpoint of the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide. Slow moving, but really well done. Roy Dupuis is excellent as the Canadian General leading the mission, and not getting the resources that he needs to do the job. For anyone who has seen Hotel Rwanda, or read about the genocide and wants to know more, this fills in some of the gaps from the international side. I recommend watching this in connection with Sometimes in April, which tells the story from the government side with a Hutu army officer being the protagonist. All good films....all very disturbing, but real.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    The name itself is so attractive!!! I've a weak spot for "The Devil's Backbone", "The Devil Wears Prada", "The Devil's Advocate", etc. movies that have the word 'devil' in their title. Even though I may end up being disappointed by the movie, they're a 'must watch if available' for me and I just can't ignore them for long. Isn't it ironical that one of the world's most peaceful and innocent person likes movies that include such a word in it???!!! A good but not-so-great movie about the unfortunate Rwandan Genocide. The movie shows how a General is nothing but a puppet whose strings are moved as per his Major's wishes. It displays the helplessness of a man to help others only because he hasn't received the necessary 'orders'. Though their army is equipped, its hands are tied by the "Shoot only when you're shot at" type of orders that leave them almost defenseless. Hats off (okay, just noticed that I'm not wearing even a single hat right now, so postponing the 'hats off' act until unmentioned time) to those who can keep their cool even under such stressful conditions. I wish I could borrow a bit of it.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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