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George Malko (written by)
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Release Date:
22 February 1974 (Canada) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Dan Candy

Gordon Tootoosis ... Almighty Voice

Chief Dan George ... Sounding Sky

Kevin McCarthy ... Sgt. Malcolm Grant
Jean Duceppe ... Inspector Brisebois

Francine Racette ... Emilie Grant
Jack Creley ... Arthur Ballentyne - Indian Agent
James O'Shea ... Edouard

John Boylan ... Cpl. Harold Bellringer
Lenny George ... Rolling Grass
Ernestine Gamble ... Small Face
Vincent Daniels ... Many Birds
Sarain Stump ... Napoleon Royal
Suzette Arcand ... Townswoman
Edna Brittain ... Townswoman
Marshall Brittain ... Townsman
Agnes Smallchild ... Indian Woman
Philomene Gamble ... Indian Woman
Mary Scott ... Townswoman
Hub Donaldson ... Mountie
Maurice Dunster ... Mountie
Walter Mills ... Mountie
Antony Parr ... Mostyn-Brooke (as Anthony Parr)
Reg McReynolds ... Mountie
Bud Stilling ... Mountie
Stan Thomas ... Mountie
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Directed by
Claude Fournier 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Malko  written by

Produced by
Marie-José Raymond .... producer (as Marie-Jose Raymond)
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Fournier (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Yves Langlois 
 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
 
Makeup Department
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (as Fred Blau)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Karkus .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Blossier .... assistant camera
Michel Brault .... camera operator: second unit
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... gaffer (as Maurice De Ernsted)
Nicola Kospartov .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
François Laplante .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jacques Gagné .... supervising film editor (as Jacques Gagne)
 
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Anne Pritchard .... titles
 

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Also Known As:
"Dan Candy's Law" - UK (TV title), USA (reissue title)
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93 min
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Sgt. Dan Candy:Jesus, you're stubborn. If you was to drown they'd find your body upstream.See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
tragic docudrama, 17 January 2009
Author: (winner55) from United States

Donald Sutherland plays Mountie Dan Candy as if the character he knew he was in a movie and kept pushing it to be an action/adventure film, or a revenge movie, or a revisionist Western with a hero who could make a difference - but he's not. He's in an historical docudrama about a series of related domestic tragedies. Which means that the outcome is predetermined, and after insisting he has some power to effect matters for the better, he is left with the Indians to witness the end unfold.

This is the clue to the real strength of the film, which many would find its greatest fault. It is indeed slow, in order to accommodate an elegiac visual style. Tone and effect - essentially of sorrow, and of powerlessness over the historic inevitability of it all - form the real substance of the movie.

It's understandable that such is not to the taste of many audiences. But the film makers do deserve credit for attempting to approach their material in this fashion, rather than opt for something more profitably "exciting." That said, it must be admitted that a large scale production like this is operating on what appears to be a crash budget, and that doesn't help. It certainly didn't help in the preservation of the film, the available print on DVD is pretty bad. But occasionally the cinematography rises to the majesty that the script and director are calling for it, and eerie and beautiful moments pop up in the film, often when you least expect it.

Not really a success, but by no means simply a failure.

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