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Winter Comes Early (1971)

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Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their ... See full summary »

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Bruce Armstrong ...
Billy at age 3
Eric Cryderman ...
Father
Don Allen ...
Billy at age 11
Kay Hawtrey ...
Mother
Kathryn Carlling ...
Estelle Age 3
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Billy Duke
Steve Pernie ...
Joe MacMillian
Derek Sanderson ...
Himself
Trudy Young ...
Sherry Nelson
Frank Moore ...
Barney
George Ealsom ...
Max
Robin White ...
Bud
Perry Thompson ...
Garry
Austin Willis ...
Graydon Hunter
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Fred Wares
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Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their differences in careers and lifestyles. They realize too late that they both love each other. Written by Anita Culley

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12 November 1971 (Canada)  »

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No "Slapshot", But Then, What Is??????
16 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Another hockey film among hockey films, the difference being that this one was set in the ultra-swingin' early 70s where sideburns and fringe vests were the norm.

While I found the plot to be somewhat dull, the hockey scenes and cameos are a treat for die-hard fans. Even the "Turk" Derek Sanderson has a few lines as he tussles on ice with young up-and-comer Billy Duke. The suits, the hair, the language, all very 70s and quite fun to take in.

The film also has that "Made In Canada" look. I, for one, find that very pleasing. Watching this film brings back tons of memories of the Gardens and players long retired. And memories of what Canadian films used to look like - good or bad! It's a fun diversion back into the 70s. Silly plot, but still interesting for the visuals and the footage of past sports greats.

If you like your hockey films like "Youngblood", stay away. This ain't polished, or shined up all nice...but it's somewhat of a Canadian classic. And darn hard to find.


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