Orders (1974 film)

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Les Ordres
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Directed byMichel Brault
Written byMichel Brault
Produced byGuy Dufaux
Bernard Lalonde
Claude Godbout
StarringJean Lapointe
Hélène Loiselle
Guy Provost
Claude Gauthier
Louise Forestier
CinematographyMichel Brault
François Protat
Edited byYves Dion
Productions Prisma
Release date
  • September 27, 1974 (1974-09-27)
Running time
109 minutes

Orders (French: Les Ordres; known in the United States as: Orderers) is a 1974 Quebec historical drama film about the incarceration of innocent civilians during the 1970 October Crisis and the War Measures Act enacted by the Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau. It is the second film by director Michel Brault. It features entertainer and Senator Jean Lapointe.


The film tells the story of five of those incarcerated civilians. It is scripted but is inspired by a number of interviews with actual prisoners made during the events and its style is heavily inspired by the Quebec school of Cinéma vérité. It is a docufiction.


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


It shared a Cannes Film Festival Award in 1975 and four Canadian Film Awards (predecessor of the Genie Awards) the same year. It was also selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1] The film was selected to be screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "Cannes Classics 2015". Cannes Film Festival. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Awards 1975 : Competition". Festival de Cannes (International Film Festival). Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time Archived July 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012, URL accessed 2 May 2015.

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