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Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

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DVD cover for Shake Hands with the Devil (2007).

Shake Hands with the Devil is a 2007 historical drama about Canadian general Romeo Dallaire's experiences as the commander of the ill-fated United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Under Fire) and starring Roy Dupuis as Lieutenant-General Dallaire, the film is notable for being shot almost entirely in Rwanda, utilizing many of the actual locations where the events depicted occurred.

The following weapons were used in the film Shake Hands with the Devil:


Colt Python

"Jean-Pierre" (Alex Kamanzi), a Hutu informant for UNAMIR, removes a Colt Python revolver from his waistband before speaking to his UN contact about secret arms caches.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
Jean Pierre pulls out a Colt Python.

Inglis Hi-Power

General Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) uses a Inglis Hi-Power as his sidearm throughout the film, using it in one scene to shoot at stray dogs that turn up at the headquarters of UNAMIR.

Inglis Hi-Power 9x19mm
General Dallaire checks his Inglis Hi-Power before meeting with Interhamwe leaders.
Dallaire fires on the stray dogs that have been scavenging from dead bodies near the UNAMIR compound.
Dallaire looks at his Hi-Power afterwards.

Colt M1911A1

A M1911A1 pistol is brandished by a Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rebel commander when the rebels break into an argument with the Hutu government forces that they are negotiating with.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The RPF commander threatens one of the Hutu government soldiers with a M1911A1.
Dallaire tells the RPF commander to put down his gun.


Zastava M80

A Zastava M80, distinguishable by its 5.56mm magazine, can be seen among other stockpiled weapons in a photograph that Jean Pierre provides as evidence that a genocide is being planned by Hutu extremists.

Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana examines a photo of an arms cache that Dallaire has been ordered to share with him.
A RPF rebel appears to be holding a Zastava M80 during a standoff with government troops.

Heckler & Koch G3A3

Many UN peacekeepers, RPF rebels and Rwandan soldiers are armed with the Heckler & Koch G3A3. Belgian peacekeepers are erroneously depicted as using the G3A3, even though their standard rifle in 1994 would have been the FN FNC.

Heckler & Koch G3 with wide handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
a G3A3 is in the foreground as Dallaire's adjutant speaks with a Bangladeshi peacekeeper.
Rwandan soldiers guarding a checkpoint wield G3A3s.
Belgian peacekeepers protecting Prime Minister Agathe Uwiligiyima hold G3A3s as they are confronted by the Rwandan Presidential Guard.
French soldiers hold G3A3s at the Kigali airport. In reality, the FAMAS F1 would have been used.
Ghanian General Henry Anyidoho (Owen Sejake) introduces the peacekeepers that will serve as Dallaire's bodyguards.

Heckler & Koch G3A4

A Heckler & Koch G3A4 is carried by one of the Belgian peacekeepers assigned to protect Rwandan prime minister Agathe Uwiligiyima, which he surrenders after being surrounded by Hutu government forces and ordered to do so by their superiors. One of the Ghanian peacekeepers in General Dallaire's protection detail is later seen with a G3A4 as well.

Heckler & Koch G3A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A G3A4 lies on the ground after the Belgian peacekeepers were ordered to surrender their weapons.
One of the Ghanian peacekeepers assigned to protect Dallaire holds a G3A4.

Zastava M70AB2

The Zastava M70AB2 is seen in the hands of many RPF rebels, and is also used by most of the Rwandan government troops. An Interhamwe militiaman whom General Dallaire encounters also holds a M70AB2.

Zastava M70AB2 folding stock rifle - 7.62x39mm
RPF rebels wave M70AB2s as they enter Kigali in July 1993 as part of the Arusha Accords.
Dallaire watches as a Rwandan soldier threatens a Tutsi captive at a checkpoint.
A Rwandan soldier holds a M70AB2.
An Interhamwe militiaman cocks his M70AB2 when he encounters Dallaire.


One of the Rwandan presidential guards who attacks Prime Minister Uwiligiyima's home at the outset of the genocide is armed with an AKM.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
A presidential guard carries an AKM.

Colt M16A1

Various UN peacekeepers are armed with the M16A1 rifle.

M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A M16A1 is seen as Ghanaian peacekeepers disembark at the Kigali airport.
A Bangladeshi peacekeeper holds a M16A1.
One of Dallaire's bodyguards holds a M16A1.
A peacekeeper with a M16A1 runs for cover during a mortar attack.

Armalite AR-18

The AR-18 appears in the hands of various soldiers throughout the film, most noticeably in the hands of the French paratroopers who evacuate expatriates from Kigali. The AR-18 is an anachronism, as French troops were armed with FAMAS F1 rifles.

Armalite AR-18 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
French paratroopers hold AR-18s.
A peacekeeper holds an AR-18.

SIG SG 542

Some Rwandan soldiers and French paratroopers hold SIG SG 542 rifles.

Sig SG 542 - 7.62x51mm NATO
French paratroopers hold SG 542.
A Rwandan soldier points a SG 542 during a dispute with RPF rebels.
A Rwandan soldier holds a SG 542 as Gen. Dallaire mediates between the two sides.


At least one UN peacekeeper is seen with a FN FNC rifle when he confronts Interhamwe militiamen that are trying to prevent the UN from transporting Tutsi refugees.

FN FNC 5.56x45mm
The peacekeeper on the far left holds a FN FNC.
A peacekeeper argues with Interhamwe militiamen.
There probably weren't enough FNCs to equip the extras portraying the Belgians.

Machine Guns


A Rwandan soldier aboard a EE-9 "Cascavel" armored car points a pintle-mounted FN MAG at General Dallaire when he investigates the fate of the captured Belgian peacekeepers.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The soldier wields the FN MAG.


A DShK heavy machine gun is mounted on one of the vehicles escorting General Dallaire.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
The muzzle of the DShK can be seen as Dallaire leaves UNAMIR headquarters.



RPF rebels can be seen using a heavy mortar at their base camp outside of Kigali.

RPF rebels are instructed in the use of a mortar.

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