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Action: The October Crisis of 1970 (1974)

A historical account of the French-Canadian terrorist kidnapping incident and the Federal Govt.'s response by declaring martial-law.


Robin Spry


Robin Spry (commentary)




Credited cast:
Thor Bishopric ... William
Pierre Bourgault ... Self (Leader of RIN)
Réal Caouette Réal Caouette ... Self (Créditiste MP) (archive footage)
Claude Charron ... Self (Péquiste MNA, with Lévesque) (archive footage)
Michel Chartrand ... Self (organizer of miners' strike) (archive footage)
James Cross James Cross ... Self (with Choquette after his release) (archive footage)
Charles de Gaulle ... Self (Vive le Québec libre speech in Montreal) (archive footage)
Davidson Dunton Davidson Dunton ... Self (Co-chairman, Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism) (archive footage)
Charles Gagnon ... Self (FLQ with Lemieux) (archive footage)
Eric Kierans Eric Kierans ... Self (archive footage)
Claude Lachance Claude Lachance ... Self (journalist, describes discovery of Laporte) (archive footage)
André Laurendeau ... Self (Co-chairman, Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism) (archive footage) (as André Laurandeau)
Robert Lemieux Robert Lemieux ... Self (FLQ spokesman))
René Lévesque ... Self (Leader of PQ)
Robert MacNeil ... Self (hopes to interview Trudeau on Parliament Hill) (archive footage)


The Front de liberation du Quebec was a Canadian terrorist organization which staged a series of attacks in the late 1960's which culminated in the kidnappings of Pierre Laporte, Quebec's minister of culture, and James Cross, the British Consul in Montreal, in October of 1970. This film traces those events and the political and social reactions and circumstances surrounding them. Written by Leftguard

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Informational but horribly dull
23 April 2019 | by rmschlicSee all my reviews

Even at my most generous rating, I am only able to give this film a four out of ten. I understand that it is a documentary produced in the mid 1970s; however, the entire film is abysmal. It takes nearly an hour and a half to convey information that could be given in (probably) twenty minutes. The narrator is unbearably monotonous and boring. I ended up needing to play the film at 1.5 speed just so I could feel like the film was actually progressing. There were several moments in which I had to rewind the film as I found myself zoning out despite trying my hardest to pay attention. I feel like my disinterest is largely to do with the manner in which the film is edited; I think the October Crisis is an important event in Canadian history and showcases the effects of a terrorist group in Quebec- surely something quite rare for Canada. However, it was rare that I felt the images and videos in the film were actually related to what the narrator was saying. (There was also one transition near the end of the film that actually caught my attention and held it, only because it felt so out of place from the rest of the film. The narrator was talking about Pierre Laporte and James Cross while images of the two were being shown on screen; it transitioned by zooming in on one's hand, switching photos, and zooming out from the other's hand.) I watched the film on 1.5 speed because of the narrator's slow voice, but it did very little to help with the other voices in the film (interviews, news stories, etc.). They were just as slow and nearly as monotonous as the narrator. I had the distinct feeling that no one in the film actually cared about the October Crisis, though I know that is certainly untrue. I think the information in the film was important to know, which is the only reason I have been able to rate it at all, as it was so poorly produced.

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16 September 1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Les évènements d'octobre 1970 See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada

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