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Douglas Bowie (writer)
George Kaczender (writer)
Release Date:
March 1974 (USA) See more »
Would he ever really find her? Had she ever really existed?
Scott, a smug Montreal lawyer, searches for the girl of his dreams whom he met briefly four summers previously... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Selby ... Scott Laithem

Maud Adams ... Paula / Tracy
Gay Rowan ... Bonnie
William Osler ... Professor Bamberger
Diane Dewey ... Holly
Michael Kirby ... Kippie
Walter Wakefield ... Old man
Don Arioli ... Sidewalk artist
Valda Dalton ... Bingo woman
Guy Martin ... Policeman
Michel Maillot ... Good Humour man
Hanka Posnanska ... Flower woman

George R. Robertson ... Tennis pro
Elsa Pickthorne ... Georgette
Donald Ewer ... Les Turnbull
Marilyn Lazar-Medicoff ... Melody
Terry Haig ... Blair Bolton
Maryann Joffe ... Cindy
Jimmy Thompson ... Old ferry driver
James McGee ... Gas attendant 1
Marjorie Pauch ... Cherry
Don MacIntyre ... Gil
Robin Ward ... Traf
Christiane Robinson ... Holly's sister
Lee McGrath ... Kippie's brother
Jennifer Gilbert ... Jennie
John Gilbert ... Jim
Aubert Pallascio ... Young ferry driver
Bronwen Mantel ... Nurse
Basil Fitzgibbon ... Executive
Dee Myles ... Blonde in MG
Rosemary Dixon ... Girl in Lobby
Claude Ravenelle ... Janitor
Violet Bussey ... Holly's mother
Don Arrès ... Binocular man
Danny Carloni ... Waiter
Margriet Zwarts ... Hitchhiker
Danny Freedman ... Gas attendant 2

Directed by
George Kaczender 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Bowie  writer
George Kaczender  writer

Produced by
George Kaczender .... producer
Original Music by
Neil Chotem 
Cinematography by
Miklós Lente 
Film Editing by
George Kaczender 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
Art Direction by
Wolf Kroeger 
Production Management
Don Carmody .... assistant production manager
David M. Robertson .... production manager
Sound Department
Russel Heise .... sound
Other crew
John Dunning .... creative consultant

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Also Known As:
"U-Turn" - Canada (original title)
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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:R


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Classic early '70's 'youth' flic, 28 March 1999
Author: johnv-3 from texas

I am one of probably a handful of people who actually saw this film in a real theatre in 1973 (it ran about 4 days). A classic of the small budget Canadian 'youth' films that were produced thanks to indulgent government grants/tax writeoffs during the era, the film exudes a certain charm. Visually, the production values and colour are uninspired but again reflect a kind of film school innocence that looks quite charming from today's perspective.

The plot, such as it is, revolves around a man who sees the woman of his dreams (blond, busty, wearing a wind swept blue dress) as she departs on a ferry. Trapped on shore, he feels the angst of knowing that the 'one and only' is sailing away (yes, it is trite). Years later, and on the eve of finally making a committment to his current partner, he decides to make a quest to see if his fantasy girl is in fact 'the one'. Everything ends happily, with all characters resolving their feelings in a true '70's style expression of love, happiness, and unprotected sex.

In fact, the film is a good watch, notwithstanding my somewhat tongue in cheek review. The cast of a classic collage of young Canadian actors who were active in the early 70's, all of whom qualify for the "where are they now award". Noticable is a bit part played by Gay Rowan, who singularly among all the cast went on to Hollywood, where she played bit parts in such films aas SOB and Greatest American Hero. I only remember her as she had a brief writeup in the late 70's about how tough it was for Canadian actresses to break into Hollywood (she was a waitress in LA, as I recall).

The film is out of distribution, and copies are rare. If you get a chance though, see it. It is truly a representative example of an era of Canadian film making which will never be seen again!

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