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Riel (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  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 ...
Dumont
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Schultz
James Bradford ...
Captain Bradshaw
Lee Broker ...
Evans
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Howard
Normand Chouinard ...
Nolin
Captain Constantinidas ...
Trooper Captain
Pierre Curzi ...
Isidore
Neil Dainard ...
Armstrong
Brenda Donohue ...
Mrs. Schultz
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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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William Shatner filmed his cameo during a break in shooting Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). See more »

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Well worth watching
30 March 2000 | by (Victoria, Canada) – See all my reviews

As Canadian fare goes, this is very good. The original historical story is already very dramatic, so little was added for the screenplay. Also, the fictional parts were usually plausible enough. The film's strongest feature was Plummer's performance as John A.

My biggest complaint was the makeup on Raymond Cloutier (Riel). He should have had a moustache, and perhaps a beard at some times. The physical appearance of the historical Riel is very familiar, and I found it annoying that the film did not respect it.

It is unfortunate that there isn't the money to make a really top-notch production based on the Riel story. I found myself thinking of the excellent visual images in films like Dances with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans. Perhaps this story will find its way into the cinema again in the future.


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