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Winter Comes Early (1971)

Face-Off (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Sherri Lee Nelson had sung her way to the top and risked it all by falling for hockey star Billy Duke. See more »

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Leafs winger Jim McKenny was the stand-in for Art Hindle in the long shots of game action. See more »

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The Mighty Ducks Meet the Flower Children
20 July 1999 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

What can one say. Face Off was yet another of a seemingly endless supply of late '60's and early '70's "youth" movies produced in Canada with the aid of generous government grants and tax breaks. This movie was unusual in that it actually developed an audience, and was seen by more than 20 people in a real theatre, a claim that few of it's contemporary's could make. The film is now popping up on the Canadian satellite TV networks, and is even getting some international play (I saw it on Trio recently).

The movie itself is a somewhat turgid romance/tragedy, featuring doomed love set amongst the Toronto Maple Leafs (which, as any Leafs fan will tell you, is the only type of love appropriate to that team). The film stars a miscellany of young (and unknown) actors who were active in Canada during the period, plus a young looking John Vernon, who was starting to make a name for himself in Hollywood when this film was made.

The film is extraordinarily '70's looking (can you believe those sideburns), with the low end production values and slightly fuzzy cinematography which marked these type of films. Acting is adequate, but nothing special. Probably the main reason to see this film (aside from re-visiting '70's fashions and hair styles) is for the hockey scenes. It is interesting to compare both the equipment (no pads or helmets in those days) and the playing styles with todays NHL. Even in a fictional setting like this movie, the emphasis on movement, speed, and style contrasts markedly with the steriod induced thuggery which passes for hockey in today's NHL.

See it for the hockey, or to re-visit the 70's.

5 out of 10..


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