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William Fruet (play)
William Fruet (screenplay)
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20 October 1972 (Canada) See more »
A father will do anything to protect his family's reputation when his unmarried teenage daughter becomes pregnant because she was raped by her brother's friend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carol Kane ... Jeannie Dougall

Donald Pleasence ... Jim Dougall, Sr.
Doris Petrie ... Mary Dougall
Leo Phillips ... Sandy
Christine Thomas ... Sarah McCarver
Paul Bradley ... Jimmie Dougall

Doug McGrath ... Billy
Bonnie Carol Case ... Dolly

Directed by
William Fruet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Fruet  play "Wedding in White"
William Fruet  screenplay

Produced by
John Vidette .... producer
Original Music by
Milan Kymlicka 
Cinematography by
Richard Leiterman 
Film Editing by
Tony Lower 
Edwin Watkins  (as Ted Watkins)
Art Direction by
Karen Bromley  (as Karen Bromley-Watkins)
Set Decoration by
Edwin Watkins  (as Ted Watkins)
Costume Design by
Patti Unger 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jim Hopkins .... sound editor
George Mulholland .... sound
Other crew
John Dunning .... creative consultant

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | USA:R
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Canadian Gothic, 4 February 2000

Young Carol Kane set the pattern for her screen persona as a kindly but dim bulb teen in this dark kitchen sink drama, set in small town Ontario during World War II. Her older brother home on leave brings with him a worthless army buddy, who forces himself upon her after a night of drunken carousing. Left pregnant she faces the wrath of her imbecilic father (Donald Pleasence, an astonishing performance), who cooks up a monstrous scheme to "save the family honor" which culminates in one of the most grotesque finales ever put to film. Bleak and utterly harrowing, this is the scratchy flip side to all those cloying "nostalgia" flicks of its era and a fierce condemnation of the patriarchal social system out of control. For all its seriousness of purpose, though, it's also very funny, rude Canadian humor permeating even its worst situations as the appalling characters show all their warts with jolly gusto. Though unflinchingly realistic (period detail and speech patterns free of anachronisms) it's structured like a horror film (later director Fruet's specialty, unsurprisingly) and the final moment plays like the punch line of an especially tasteless joke. Not for all tastes, but recommended to those who caught the mordant hilarity of the equally poignant but merciless WELCOME TO THE DOLL'S HOUSE.

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