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A story of a Canadian officer played by Donald Sutherland who goes in pursuit of a fugitive who is a Cree Indian. The crime he is charged with is theft of livestock and murder but it ends up being a fight for survival.

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Sgt. Dan Candy
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Almighty Voice
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Sounding Sky
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Sgt. Malcolm Grant
Jean Duceppe ...
Inspector Brisebois
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Emilie Grant
Jack Creley ...
Arthur Ballentyne - Indian Agent
James O'Shea ...
Edouard
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Cpl. Harold Bellringer
Lenny George ...
Rolling Grass
Ernestine Gamble ...
Small Face
Vincent Daniels ...
Sarain Stump ...
Napoleon Royal
Suzette Arcand ...
Townswoman
Edna Brittain ...
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A story of a Canadian officer played by Donald Sutherland who goes in pursuit of a fugitive who is a Cree Indian. The crime he is charged with is theft of livestock and murder but it ends up being a fight for survival.

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22 February 1974 (Canada)  »

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Dan Candy's Law  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sgt. Dan Candy: Jesus, you're stubborn. If you was to drown they'd find your body upstream.
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The Mounties always get their man
7 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I have one thing to say. I was there. Between 1968 and 2002, I went to Canada quite regularly. The movie is based on the story of the Cree Indian Almighty Voice. A fugitive who killed an Agency cow, and went on the run for over a year. Almighty Voice is pursued by Constable Dan Candy. Played quite ably by a young Donald Sutherland. Set in 1885, the same year as the Metis Uprising led by Louis Real, Candy commandeers a train of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The Northwest Mounted Police, (the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,) post a reward of five thousand dollars. Candy's ordered more than once to come in. He refuses because he's close to bringing in Almighty Voice. The Northwest Rebellion was part of Canadian history. The movie illustrates the differences in the treatment of the First Nations by the Canadian people, as opposed to the treatment, (or lack thereof,) of the Native Americans, by the Americans. There are, and were, differeces. The Canadian approach was like that of Heinlein's Patrol in Space Cadet, and the Federation in Star Trek. More diplomacy. Guess what? There were actually REAL peace treaties with the Indians. Where were they? Canada. The Cree Indians who lived at the Duck Lake Agency, were close knit and didn't turn Almighty Voice in for five thousand dollar reward. The American treatment of the Native Americans was quite different. It followed General Sherman's maxim that "the only good Indian is a dead Indian." We made fake peace treaties and NEVER kept them. The movie ends with____see it for yourself to find out. As another reviewer said, make sure you have a legitimate version because the beginning's grainy and most of the historical note at the end is cut off. The movie itself was filmed at the Duck Lake Agency.


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