Shake Hands with the Devil


Shake Hands with the Devil

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Director Roger Spottiswoode brings a very special film realization of the acclaimed best-seller by General Roméo Dallaire to the screen in "Shake Hands with the Devil," the story of a Canadian commander torn between his duty and his conscience when he finds himself eyewitness to hell on Earth. In 1993, the United Nations dispatches Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) to far off Rwanda to oversee a fragile cease-fire. A brilliant, workaholic officer and charismatic commander, Dallaire encounters the shabby reality of a typical UN peacekeeping operation: under-funded, overbureaucratic, and cobbled together from military units from dozens of countries, each with a slightly different agenda. Meanwhile, the peace agreement between the rebels, led by the minority Tutsi ethnic group, and the French-supported government dominated by the Hutu majority group, turns out to rest on shaky ground. When an unknown group shoots down the Rwandan President's plane, the storm breaks and a secret but long-planned genocidal campaign against the Tutsi minority begins with a night of terror in Kigali. A reporter (Deborah Unger) remains in-country and follows General Dellaire as he is forced to deal with far-away superiors and the studied indifference of the world's great powers while trying to take decisive action to stop the genocide of over 800,000 innocent civilians. --© Regent Releasing


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

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

Nov 12, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.

Nov 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

Nov 9, 2010 | Full Review…

Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.

Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

Sep 25, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil

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.
Cynthia S.

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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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familiar stranger

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