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John and the Missus (1987)

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A small Canadian town is devasted when a local mine--the town's only source of income--is closed. One man incurs the wrath of the townsmen when he stubbornly refuses the small amount of ... See full summary »

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John Munn
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Missus
Randy Follett ...
Matt
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Faith
Roland Hewgill ...
Fred Budgell
Timothy Webber ...
Danny Boland
Neil Munro ...
Tom Noble
Michael Wade ...
Sid Peddigrew
Jerry Doyle ...
Alf Sheppard
Jane Dingle ...
Mavis Sheppard
Barry Green ...
Wallace Cahill
Ricky Raymond ...
Robert Cahill
Austin Davis ...
Len Peacock
Judy Furlong ...
Stella Peacock
Brian Downey ...
Burgess
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A small Canadian town is devasted when a local mine--the town's only source of income--is closed. One man incurs the wrath of the townsmen when he stubbornly refuses the small amount of settlement money offered by the government. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Indelible Image

It's very rare that a film manages to sear an image into one's mind powerful enough to stay for years. This simple little film from Newfoundland/Labrador really managed to do that for me. I first saw this film back in... I'm pretty sure it was in elementary school. Anyway, the storyline itself is very straightforward and plays with some fairly familiar 'human-centric' thematics. This focus on emotion can surely be appreciated on the narrative level. And, sure, the acting is commendable.

But the best films surely have something more than storyline/acting/narrative elements going for them. The best films have a *uniquely cinematic* element as well. A purely visual element. To my surprise, this unassuming film turned out to have that cinematic element. Or I've certainly realized so over the years, as it has stuck in my mind. Or one image in particular certainly has. As you're perhaps aware, there are a few things in life that are 'inherently cinematic', one could say. Fireworks? Human faces? Automobiles? ... Water. This film might actually contain the best use of water as an inherently cinematic element. It only comes near the end, if I'm recalling correctly, and involves the house in question.

You'll know it when you see it. It sticks in the mind. It's memorable as hell. ... So this is most certainly a sadly neglected film. Even when Canadian cinema is discussed, this very rarely gets mentioned. Well, fine, then it can always be remembered as an overlooked gem.


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