MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,213 this week

Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sport  -  28 February 1993 (Canada)
4.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.6/10 from 215 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 2 critic

A look into the life of troubled former hockey player Brian Spencer, who got into problems both on the ice and off because of his temper. The film also has a close focus on Spencer's father... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 07 Mar 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 17 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1001 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 10 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 18 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer (TV Movie 1993)

Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer (TV Movie 1993) on IMDb 4.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer.
4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose
Next of Kin (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing. Because Peter does nothing all day, the family goes to a clinic where a... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Patrick Tierney, Berj Fazalian, Sirvart Fazlian
Calendar (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Arsinée Khanjian, Ashot Adamyan, Atom Egoyan
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boy friend, who ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Lori Singer, Yo-Yo Ma, Don McKellar
In This Corner (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  
Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Robert Wisden, Patrick Tierney, Neil Munro
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Egoyan juxtaposes home-video images of his son Arshile with a self-portrait of the famed Armenian artist, Arshile Gorky; Egoyan narrates in English, while his wife narrates in Armenian. The... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Arsinée Khanjian, Atom Egoyan, Arshile Egoyan
Peep Show (1981)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A man uses an instant photo booth with bizarre results.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: John Ball, Claire Letemendia, Randy Milks
Looking for Nothing (TV Short 1988)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Hrant Alianak, Damir Andrei, Aaron Ross Fraser
Open House (1982)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An odd young real estate agent shows a couple an older house that has seen better days.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Aaron Ross Fraser, Michael Marshall, Sharon Cavanaugh
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  
Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Lynda-Mary Greene, Anthony Saunders, Alan Toff
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  
Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Gail Harris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kash ...
Brian 'Spinner' Spencer
...
Roy Spencer
Linda Goranson ...
Irene Spencer
Doug Hughes ...
Byron Spencer
...
Diane Delana
...
Young Brian 'Spinner' Spencer
...
Young Byron Spencer
Kirsten Kieferle ...
Linda Spencer
...
Janet Spencer
Kevin Hicks ...
Richard Green
...
Lenn Wright
Ken McDougall ...
Michael Dalfo
Elizabeth Goodyear ...
Monica Jarobe
David Storch ...
Keon
David Hemblen ...
Munro
Edit

Storyline

A look into the life of troubled former hockey player Brian Spencer, who got into problems both on the ice and off because of his temper. The film also has a close focus on Spencer's father, and shows how he influenced Brian's life both before and after his death. Written by Tito-8

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, a violent episode and some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 February 1993 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Atto indecente  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

A 1970 bar scene had a cover band singing the song "Smoking in the Boys' Room". The song was first released in 1974 by Brownsville Station. See more »

Quotes

Roy Spencer: You can live here, and be buried here. Or you can play hockey.
See more »

Connections

Features The Tommy Hunter Show (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What Goes Up Must Come Down
18 April 2005 | by (Dundalk, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a haunting yarn about the real life misadventures of NHL hockey player Brian "Spinner" Spencer. Life in major league hockey is pretty heady stuff, but it is far different than the 'real' world. Whenever a player, particularly a great one, leaves the "Bigs" and has to cope in reality again, it can be a rude awakening.

In this story, Spencer's father is shown on a parallel track bound for hellishness. Along the way, there are a lot of thrills, spills, chills and yes....even pills. In the end, Spencer's life seems to have been vanity and chasing the wind.

Screenwriter Paul Gross took a good portion of the original novel and molded it into a fascinating bio-dramatic examination of Spencer. I think Atom Egoyan did a fabulous job as director. Loved seeing hockey personalities like Davey Keon, John McLellan and Greg Polis dramatized.

The 1960s Hockey Night In Canada opening (complete with that wonderful theme) is the best highlight of the film for me, with the haunting voices of Billy Hewitt, Ward Cornell, Red Storey and intertwining vintage HNIC clips coming in a close second. Seeing the Tommy Hunter clip brought back memories, too. Tommy's goodbye always filled me with anticipation of the coming game, much as it must have for Spencer's father.

This isn't the best hockey movie ever made, but its the most gripping bio-drama made about a hockey player. If it ever comes out on video, I recommend renting it.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I really want to see this movie killion-andrew

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?