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12 November 1964 (Canada) See more »
A solid sensitive film portraying two people involved in a deep rooted marital relationship. See more »
An out-of-work Irish immigrant in Montreal remains hopeful that his luck is about to change but his disillusioned family grow tired of his pigheadedness and instability. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Robert Shaw ... Ginger Coffey

Mary Ure ... Vera Coffey

Liam Redmond ... MacGregor
Tom Harvey ... Joe McGlade
Libby McClintock ... Paulie Coffey

Leo Leyden ... Brott
Powys Thomas ... Fox
Tom Kneebone ... Kenny
Leslie Yeo ... Mr. Mountain
Vernon Chapman ... Hawkins
Paul Guèvremont ... Marcel
Barry Stewart ... Clarence
Arch McDonnell ... O'Donnell

Ovila Légaré ... Judge

Jacques Godin ... Policeman
Maurice Beaupré ... Monsieur Beaulieu
Sydney Brown ... Old Billy
Juliette Huot ... Mme. Beaulieu

Paul Hébert ... Court Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Goodhue ... Hickey
Barney McManus ... Newspaper Foreman
Don McGowan ... Job Seeker (uncredited)
Audre Monture ... Miss Monture (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Moore  novel
Brian Moore  screenplay

Produced by
F.R. Crawley .... executive producer
Leon Roth .... producer
Original Music by
Bernardo Segall  (as Bernardo Segáll)
Cinematography by
Manny Wynn 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
Production Management
Roger Bertrand .... assistant production manager
Tom Glynn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Rich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Claude Bonnière .... set dresser (as Claude Bonniere)
Sound Department
Stanley Kasper .... sound director
John Knight .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Bradley .... chief grip
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cecil R. Cooney)
Laval Fortier .... assistant camera
John Patacairk .... head gaffer
Brian W. Roy .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claude Bonnière .... wardrobe (as Claude Bonniere)
Editorial Department
Margaret Chandler .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Bernardo Segall .... conductor (as Bernardo Segáll)
Other crew
Ruth Deen .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video)
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Robert Shaw and Mary Ure, who play a married couple, were husband and wife in real life.See more »
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Guaranteed to break your heart..., 26 March 2002
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As the title character, Robert Shaw delivers one of the most affecting performances in his accomplished career. Best known for his scene-stealing in Jaws, ("So, eleven hundred men went into the water. Three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the twenty-ninth, nineteen-forty five...), Shaw gives his heart and soul as Ginger Coffey, a Irish immigrant who comes Montreal in search of his pot of gold. Easily the best depiction of the cold winter streets of urban Canada, the pie-eyed idealism of Coffey both infuriates the audience and endears the character to them. A rare find, if you get the chance to see this gem, don't let it pass you by. This film makes us dream about an albeit mythical time where "...all men had reached the top of the hill; there were no dull jobs, no humiliating interviews, no turndowns; no man was saddled with ungrateful daughters, there were unlimited funds to were free."

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