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12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »
Sherri Lee Nelson had sung her way to the top and risked it all by falling for hockey star Billy Duke. See more »
Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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

Art Hindle ... 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

John Vernon ... Fred Wares
Sean Sullivan ... Greg Walsh
Vivian Reis ... Grace Walsh
George Armstrong ... Himself
Mickey McReynolds ... Walter
Les Pauley ... Oldtimer
Lisa Wilder ... Rock Fan
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Mrs. Hunter
Laurie Pierce ... Estelle Age 14
Joe Sgro ... Leaf Trainer
Harold Ballard ... Leaf Doctor
Carole Taylor ... Walsh's Girl
Jack Van Evera ... Cab Driver
Scott Medderd ... Policeman
Weston Gavin
George Gross ... Member of the Press
Ken McKee ... Member of the Press
Larry Wilson ... Member of the Press
Fergie Olver ... Member of the Press
Scott Young ... Member of the Press
Ed Fitten ... Member of the Press
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Baun ... Himself (uncredited)
Ron Ellis ... Himself (uncredited)
Brian Glennie ... Himself (uncredited)
Paul Henderson ... Himself (uncredited)
Pete Mahovlich ... Himself (uncredited)
Jim McKenny ... Himself (uncredited)
Darryl Sittler ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
George McCowan 
Writing credits
George Robertson (screenplay)

Produced by
John F. Bassett .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Collier 
Cinematography by
Donald Wilder 
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting associate

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Also Known As:
"Face-Off" - Canada (original title)
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UK:85 min | USA:112 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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creepily effective doomed romance..., 13 March 2001
Author: godofthunder2001 from toronto

I always find the films of the canadian tax shelter to be sort of surreal: The snowy locations the washed out cinematography, the stilted acting...canadian gothic. This film is one of my personal faves. It is SO 70's that it almost seems from another world or dimension or something. It's really kind of haunting and poetic, with a sense of doom pervading the whole production and the ending makes little sense. Combined with the endearingly awful songs, and truly touching performance by Trudy what's her name, the viewer feels like they dreamed the movie. Very weird and strangely, cheaply beautiful...

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