Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

R   |    |  Drama, History, War

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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.




  • Roy Dupuis and James Gallanders in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Roy Dupuis in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Roy Dupuis in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Roy Dupuis in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Roy Dupuis, James Gallanders, and Owen Sejake in Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

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Roger Spottiswoode


Roméo Dallaire (book), Michael Donovan

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20 October 2014 | juneebuggy
| Powerful
Not the happiest of movies to watch but a powerful account of the Rwandan genocide in the mid-1990's, as seen through the eyes of Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) who led a United Nations peacekeeping force. I will admit to being a bit confused initially as to what was going on and why Dallarie wasn't given any help (in fact support was taken away) or the ability to engage. His hands were completely tied as he dealt with bureaucrats and watched genocide take place around him, very frustrating. As the world stood by, 454 UN Peacekeepers from over 20 nations chose to stay behind in Rwanda, helping to save the lives of 32,000 Rwandans who would otherwise have been murdered.

This has been based on Dallaire's autobiography and Roy Dupuis is amazing in this role, transforming himself into the General. The scenes where he is with his therapist back in Canada were interesting, suffering from PTSD as the ghosts of those he knew and served with are in the room with him. Beautiful scenery but horrific and stomach churning that this was allowed to happen. 10/13

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Release Date:

28 September 2007


English, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office


CAD11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86 31 October 2010

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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