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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.

Director:

Michel Brault

Writer:

Michel Brault
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène Loiselle ... Marie Boudreau
Jean Lapointe ... Clermont Boudreau
Guy Provost ... Dr. Jean-Marie Beauchemin
Claude Gauthier ... Richard Lavoie
Louise Forestier ... Claudette Dusseault
Louise Pratte Louise Pratte ... Louise Boudreau
Martine Pratte Martine Pratte ... Martine Boudreau
Monique Pratte Monique Pratte ... Monique Boudreau
Amulette Garneau ... Mrs. Thibault, The Neighbour
Louise Latraverse ... Claire Beauchemin
Sophie Clément ... Ginette Lavoie
Esther Auger ... Esther
Claire Richard Claire Richard ... Mrs. Vezina
J. Léo Gagnon ... The Grocer
José Rettino ... The Foreman
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Storyline

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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Drama | History

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

27 September 1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Orderers See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD260,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Richard Lavoie is arrested, officers ask him his age and birthday. He answers he's 34 and born on January 31th, 1939. This may seem inaccurate, since the events of the movie are all set in October/November 1970, which would give him 31. However, Richard Lavoie's actor, Claude Gauthier, gave in fact his own birth date and age at the time of filming. This echoes the dual aspect of the movie, when, in the documentary part of the movie, the actors gave their real life's names and personal own anecdotes. By giving his own birth date, the actor communicates that he shares the same fate as the character, that of an artist who has espoused separatism and therefore is exposed to the repression of the federal government; he could have been the one in prison, being asked about his birth date and age. See more »

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Edited into La conquête du grand écran (1996) See more »

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La Complainte de mon frère
Written by Philippe Gagnon
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Top 3 of political films of all time
10 October 2005 | by tourmatipolineSee all my reviews

This film takes place in the infamous 1970 October crisis in Québec. After a separatist movement kidnapped a minister of the government, the army is in the streets of Montreal and makes hundreds and hundreds of arrest, with the help of the police. The arrested are students, activists, syndicalists, but also people who ''look'' strange, are at the wrong place at the wrong time and really don't have anything to do with the situation..... This film shows the complete lost of control of the Canadian government (Pierre.E. Trudeau) and how they orchestrated their plan of making all separatist look like terrorist...

The acting of 'Jean Lapointe' as a textile worker and taxi driver is incredible...

In my opinion, this film ranks with Costa-Gavras's ''Z'' and the infamous 'Battaglia di Algeri' of Gillo Pontecorvo, as the top 3 best political movies of all times..... A must see!


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