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I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 December 1973 (USA)
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A young priest named Mark is sent as a vicar to a native American village in B.C. Canada, there he learns of faith and humanity, as he watches their culture being torn to shreds.

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A young priest is sent by his bishop deep into the seacoast wilds of British Columbia to a parish of Kwakiutl Native Americans called Kingcome. The Tsawataineuk live in an inlet village and take their sustenance from the sea and from the forest. The bishop has not told him this, but the priest has only two years left to live. Among these vanishing Indians, Mark Brian learns enough of the meaning of life not to fear death. Through is faith and humanity, he becomes part of the village, of the Indians themselves, and witness to their rituals and beliefs and the gradual destruction of a culture. Then, on a cold winter evening, when he hears the owl in the forest call his name, he understands what is going to happen. Written by Rosa

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Rich and compelling account of empathy and understanding
26 January 2006 | by (Plano, Texas) – See all my reviews

I LOVE the movies. I see at least 1 per week and have all my life. When I really like a movie I often see it nine times. Most fade into the area of memory where you can only remember the plot if you see it again and know that something about it is familiar, indicating you have already seen it - you still can't remember what happens. This movie has stayed fresh in my memory bank for over 30 years. It is beautifully written, acted, directed and certainly worth seeing again and again. Simply a wonderful film. I remember Tom Couretenay's portrayal of the young priest vividly; his quiet and respectful performance was perfect for the role.


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