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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | January 1980 (USA)
In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's ... See full summary »

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Max Brown
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Alice Field
Chris Wiggins ...
Lyle Bishop
Gary Reineke ...
Harris Montgomery
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Dave McDougall
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Bert Field
Kenneth Griffith ...
Inspector Woods
Scott Swan ...
Dan Trowbridge
Merrilyn Gann ...
Sheila Barnes
Norma West ...
Mrs. Bishop
Margery Hill ...
Mrs. Montgomery
Joanne McNeal ...
Mrs. McDougall
George Gwin ...
Dance Caller
Doug Blake ...
Percy Garfield
Alan Stebbings ...
Lester Sinclair
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In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's distant, superior, lonely, and bewildered; his students are rebellious. Over the course of the year, he is drawn to Alice Field, the wife of a farmer, in a love that can lead nowhere. But, he and his students connect, a connection that matters and lasts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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CAD 810,000 (estimated)
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The film takes place in 1935. See more »

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Inspector Wood: This should be an easy one. What is the capital of Canada?
Inspector Wood: [pointing to a student in the classroom] Yes, boy.
Charlie Mc Dougall: [standing to attention] The capital of Canada is C.
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TVN A - Good for history class
20 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, this movie is good to describe the 1930's Depression in the Praries because it exactly describes the way people had to live in those times, especially when the snow and dust storms arrive. Also the people had to "catch" gophers because they always ruin the farmers crops. Because the people couldn't grow the crops, they almost couldn't afford anything. This caused poverty and many people left the Praries. So they couldn't hire school teachers for education, etc.

So in other words, this movie is good for a history class that is covering the 1920's-1930's depression because it gives an accurate description of the events in the prairies.


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