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Orderers (1974)

Les ordres (original title)
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 ...
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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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Orderers  »

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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
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A masterpiece!
29 November 2004 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This would be a compelling and scary film if it were fiction. But it is in fact, a docudrama based on the worrisome events of the Quebec crisis of 1970. Canadians adulate Pierre Trudeau but forget that he was the one who unleashed a police state on a free country. (We never learn, do we? We did it to the Ukranians in World War I, to the Japanese in World War II and now to Arabs and Muslims. But I digress.) "Les Ordres" captures the gritty reality of working class Montreal with stark black and white footage, punctuated with occasional but effective colour. It takes the unusual but also effective step of having the actors discuss the people they play within the body of the film.

I was left with an understanding of how something like the Gestapo can come about in a civilized society if police are given unfettered powers. The Quebec police and the RCMP came very close to the Gestapo model. Although there were no significant abuses outside Quebec, the law applied to all of Canada. I was a broadcaster in Toronto at the time and it was frightening to realize that for a time freedom of the press did not exist in Canada. This is a powerful and compelling work that deserves wider exposure. It also should be shown in schools as a fundamental example and a discussion starter on the importance of civil rights and the fragility of freedom.


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