Shake Hands with the Devil (2010)
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as Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire
as Ghanian Gen. Henry Anyidoho
as Maj. Brent Beardsley
as Madame Agathe
as Luc Marchal
as Ghanian Gen. Henry Anyidoho
as Gen. Maurice Baril
as Phil Lancaster
as Gen. Paul Kagame
as Col. Bagosara
as Bernard Kouchner
as Boutros Boutros-Ghali
as President Habyarimana
as Bangladeshi Commander
as Major Kamenzi
as Col. Poncet
as Ambassador Rawson
as Kofi Annan
as CNN Reporter
as Angry Woman
as Ghanian Doctor
as Young Boy
as Frank Claeys
as British Ambassador
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Critic Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil
The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.
Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.
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.
[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.
Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.
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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.
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.
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