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Dreamspeaker (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1976 (Canada)
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Ian Tracey plays 11-year-old Peter, who is plagued by demons and sent to an institution for setting fires. Peter escapes and hops a freight train headed into northern B.C. He is befriended ... See full summary »

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Peter
George Clutesi ...
Old Man
Jacques Hubert ...
Silent Man
Bob Howay ...
John (as Robert Howay)
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Bill (as Jon Pallone)
Ivor Harries ...
Doctor
Ed Mitchell ...
Psychiatrist
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Social Worker
Stephen Braybrooke ...
Boy In Institute
Michael Lee ...
Boy In Institute
Joey Romano ...
Boy In Institute
Lars Mortil ...
Boy In Institute
Bart Copeland ...
Boy In Institute
Susan Ferley ...
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Laura Thaw ...
Dream Mother
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Ian Tracey plays 11-year-old Peter, who is plagued by demons and sent to an institution for setting fires. Peter escapes and hops a freight train headed into northern B.C. He is befriended by a native shaman or "dreamspeaker" (George Clutesi). The shaman makes some strides but is unable to get to the root of Peter's problems. Peter is captured by the police and taken back to the institution where he slides down even further. Written by Denis Belton <denisb@travel-net.com>

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A young boy connects with an unlikely source of understanding
23 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on the CBC's "For The Record" film series back in '77 and it has haunted me to this day. I have a copy of it and watch it every once in a while when I want to relive the story not unlike settling down to a good book. It is a beautiful and horrible story of how society treated people with behaviored problems and institutionalized them for safekeeping without regard to their personal feelings and motivations.

In this story, a young boy is institutionalized for setting fires, a common acting out of personal rage and demands for attention. He is ignored and sent away where he is alone even though he is surrounded by like-minded social misfits. He manages to escape and after a harrowing journey he befriends an old First Nations Elder and his companion who understand and help Peter. But before any chance for transformation is complete society intercedes and sets the stage for a horrible and tragic end.

This film was ahead of its time in that it challenged us to think of how we as a society can reach out and help those people who otherwise would be locked up for the crimes of containing and acting out their fears and rage.


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