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Orderers (1974)
"Les ordres" (original title)

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A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène Loiselle ...
Marie Boudreau
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Clermont Boudreau
Guy Provost ...
Dr. Jean-Marie Beauchemin
Claude Gauthier ...
Louise Forestier ...
Claudette Dusseault
Louise Pratte ...
Louise Boudreau
Martine Pratte ...
Martine Boudreau
Monique Pratte ...
Monique Boudreau
Amulette Garneau ...
Mrs. Thibault, The Neighbour
Louise Latraverse ...
Claire Beauchemin
Sophie Clément ...
Ginette Lavoie
Esther Auger ...
Esther
Claire Richard ...
Mrs. Vezina
J. Léo Gagnon ...
The Grocer
José Rettino ...
The Foreman
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October 1970: Under the pretext of waging war against the terrorist group Front de libération du Québec, the Canadian Parliament passes the War Measures Act. The Police and the Army use it and try to break-up popular groups in the Province of Quebec. More than 400 people are arrested for what appears to be their social activities. No charges are ever filed against them. This is their story. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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27 September 1974 (Canada)  »

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CAD 260,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission from Canada for the 1975 Academy Awards. See more »

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When Richard Lavoie is arrested, officers ask him his age and birthday. He answer he's 34 and born on January 31th, 1939. Since the events of the movie are all set in October/November 1970, he would only be 31. See more »

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La Complainte de mon frère
Written by Philippe Gagnon
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Hollywood producers often rely on foreign masterpieces for diluted remakes. This is one of them.
17 September 1998 | by (Montréal, Québec) – See all my reviews

It really happened. it was October 1970. Wartime law was voted in Canada. Not Bosnia, not Congo, not Cosovo, not Albania. Canada. At dawn, 400 individuals were arrested in Montréal and held in jail for weeks without charges nor explanation. This masterpiece by Michel Brault tells about it. Wether you see it to understand current canadian news or to reflect on freedom or to see an excellent thriller, I doubt you'll regret it. A must for communication students.


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