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Shake Hands With the Devil (2007)

Roy Dupuis , Owen Lebakeng Shejake , Roger Spottiswoode  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roy Dupuis, Owen Lebakeng Shejake, Deborah Kara Unger, James Gallenders, Michel Mongeau
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047UJBOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shake Hands With the Devil" on IMDb

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As genocide rages in Rwanda, Lt. Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) is assigned to lead the United Nations peacekeeping force. Fighting for his own survival as well as the millions of innocents threatened by the war, Lt. Dallaire finds himself torn between duty and conscience in his efforts to prevent the country’s descent into hell.

Making-of Featurette, Audio commentary with director Roger Spottiswoode and Lt. General Dallaire, Additional commentary track with the filmmakers.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb film April 6, 2008
By David R
I certainly did not find this movie "enjoyable," but it is a riveting, intense, powerful account of the dark side of human nature -- not just the butchers in Rwanda, but also the indifferent politicians and bureaucrats in the west (and at the United Nations). It's also the story of how General Daillaire is ground down as a result of being caught between his own very decent instincts and his military orders to avoid saving lives if doing so requires using force against bands of murderers... an impossible situaiton.

I believe this is actually the most intense film I have ever seen -- I rarely "lose it" watching a move, and I totally lost it near the end of this one. It should be shown in every high school as part of the curriculum.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 29, 2008
I watched this movie back in late summer/early fall and really enjoyed it. It is the story of the Rwanda genocide in the mid-1990s and is based on Dallaire's book of the same name. It looks not only at the crisis itself, but also looks at the emotional impact that it had on Dallaire through a series of back flashes, as Dallaire is under going treatment for PTSD when he returned from Canada and had retired from the Canadian military. Looks at how he dealt with the crisis when the UN and the US government were basically ignoring him and the situation that he was facing. Highly recommended.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. February 28, 2009
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This movie does a great job of depicting the Rwandan genocide and all of the bureaucratic problems which plagued the mission. The movie is based on the book by the same title by Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire (force commander for UNAMIR). This man did everything in his power to save innocent civilians from the horrific deaths during the genocide and this movie does a good job of showing it. Filmed on location it gives the movie a very realistic feel. Having spent three months in Rwanda in areas where the film takes place I can tell you it is extremely realistic and was truly filmed on location.

If you want to learn about what it was like during the genocide but are not interested in picking up a book or watching a documentary this movie is definitely for you.

A lot is left out from the book so if you do wish to learn more I highly recommend the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting February 14, 2009
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I have seen many of Mr. Dupuis' works. This is amongst the most poignant. It is a disturbing recount of the genocide in Rwanda, and how General Daillaire was ordered to stand down and bear witness to the senseless slaughtering within a country between to factions under the presumed consent of the UN authorities.

It further displays the wreckage it played upon the General's psyche during and after the conflict. It is a profound film and should be a required study for those examining the social sciences. It had an impact upon me for several days, as I believe was its' intent. So be it. Truly a film to be WITNESSED, not merely seen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great role for Roy Dupuis June 29, 2010
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POWERFUL!!!This movie was wonderfully made. I am currently enrolled in a Human Relation class in college. This movie has help me make more sense of the subject than the teacher. Beautiful landscape. I have read other reviews that stated the movie was hard to watch, even some said it was depressing. I didn't feel that. It proved that one man could help change the world. I have watched 4 times so far.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary film October 6, 2009
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This is a powerful, muscular, totally unsentimental yet utterly heart-rending account of the Rwandan genocide, adapted from the autobiographical book by the Canadian general and UN peacekeeper who remained in Rwanda with a very small force of volunteers, to protect the innocent and bear witness, after the slaughter began. The script is well-constructed enough to keep us from getting confused about the numerous factions and individuals portrayed here, and the directing is riveting and unflinching. All of the actors do excellent work, but Roy Dupuis, as the lead character, particularly stands out; a versatile and accomplished actor, he gives perhaps the best performance of his career here.

Finally, considering that the theme is how the whole world looked the other way while these events occurred, I find it disheartening that this film has not gotten the attention it deserves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opening Film May 15, 2011
This is a great movie because it's about one of my heroes. It is a very interesting account of the obstacles that Senator Dallaire faced in Rwanda, and this character is nothing like the Nick Nolte character in Hotel Rwanda in the sense that he is very lovable, gentle, and human. He is my definition of a genuine hero because he showed true courage in the face of calamity. He did what a real man is supposed to do: stick around when the going gets tough. Unfortunately, his health was at stake. I love that he approves of this film. I know because I watched the special features of this film, and I watched him discuss this film with Roy Dupuis on Youtube. Hollywood doesn't always present a true account of historical events, but this is a great film to get. It's independent. I prefer this one to Hotel Rwanda. Roy Dupuis did a great job in portraying the senator. I rooted for him as will many viewers who care about the necessity of saving lives. The world needs more people like this amazing individual. This film is a must-have, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was like stepping into a documentary
It is hard to say you "loved" a film on this horrific topic, but it was very well done and stays with you. It was like stepping into a documentary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judy Elzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hardcore. Unflinching.
Published 3 months ago by M. evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very real
I had the chance to talk with people who was there at that time, and the movie shows a very real version.
Published 4 months ago by Edgardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest.
Having been to Rwanda and talked with many people about the 1994 genocide, this was one more step in understanding what happened and what led up to those dreadful days. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Fossum
5.0 out of 5 stars A bold and couageous Canadian General exposes the failure of the U.N.,...
Follows the book precisely and is well cast. The tale of African genocide is powerfully presented. You will be asking yourself how this could happen, how it could be allowed to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Pair
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This ranks just above Hotel Rawanda in telling the horrific story of the Rawandan genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutu. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Easier than reading the book
I read Gen. Dallaire's book, and loved it, but I did find it difficult to get through. This movie shows the highlights of the book well, although obviously does not give as much... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Heather Antoine
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully provocative movie!
I have read several accounts of the Rwanda genocide, but this was very gripping. I have seen several documentary accounts, but this one is at the very top.
Published 16 months ago by Christopher Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Intense, a must see.
Having lived in Africa, and served in the military through two conflicts, I can only say this movie left me flattened. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tony
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting
The subject matter was hard to watch at times but it was based on true events. You just realize how much is political in the real world when you watch a show such as this one.
Published 21 months ago by candybluedragon
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