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Riel (1979)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  11 April 1979 (Canada)
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A film about the actions of the Metis rebel leader who opposed the Canadian government in two seperate rebellions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Cloutier ...
Louis Riel
Roger Blay ...
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Schultz
James Bradford ...
Captain Bradshaw
Lee Broker ...
Evans
...
Howard
Normand Chouinard ...
Nolin
Captain Constantinidas ...
Trooper Captain
Pierre Curzi ...
Neil Dainard ...
Armstrong
Brenda Donohue ...
Mrs. Schultz
...
Ouellette
Daniel Gadouas ...
Nault
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Donald Smith
Fern Henry ...
Marguerite Riel
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This film recounts the events involving the Metis rebel leader Louis Riel and his battles against the Canadian Federal Government when they threatened his people. The first was a successful rebellion in 1873 which created the Province of Manitoba and a later more violent and unsuccessful one in Saskatchewan in 1885 which led to his capture, trial and eventual execution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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For a short time in history one man stood alone."

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Biography | Drama | War

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11 April 1979 (Canada)  »

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Louis Riel  »

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CAD 2,700,000 (estimated)
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Lousy attempt at trying to portray Riel
16 January 2004 | by (Mono, Ontario - Canada) – See all my reviews

After watching this film, I cannot say that it was very well made in terms of the characters who were portrayed in it. For example, Thomas Scott didn't look anywhere close to the actor who was given the role of playing his part. As for Riel himself, he had a beard and moustache for the most of his life but in the film he's clean shaven. But it is quite hard to depict every single detail in a film so as a result there will be some misconceptions (some more intentional than others). In addition to that, some of the battles that occurred during the conflict in 1885 were misconstrued. The visit to Ottawa that Riel and Dumont took together in the film probably never happened in real life.

Well....... anyways......... that's the reason why I gave this film a 6 out of 10.


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