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Complete series cast summary:
 Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe (2 episodes)
 Oliva Dionne (2 episodes)
Céline Bonnier ...
 Elzire Dionne (2 episodes)
Sean McCann ...
 Premier Mitch Hepburn (2 episodes)
Monique Spaziani
(2 episodes)
James B. Douglas
(2 episodes)
Ginette Reno ...
 Madame Legros (2 episodes)
Domini Blythe ...
 Nurse Lena de Keyzer (2 episodes)
 Helena Reid (2 episodes)
 Ernest Dionne, 7 yrs. (2 episodes)
Tiah-Rosine Coxon ...
 Rose Dionne, 6 yrs. (2 episodes)
Martin Drainville ...
 Clovis Dionne (2 episodes)
Julia Garland ...
 Therese Dionne, 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Sebastien Duguay ...
 Daniel Dionne, 3 yrs. (2 episodes)
Renée Girard ...
 Madame Lebel (2 episodes)
Joan Ornstein ...
 Mrs. Henderson (2 episodes)
Marcel Sabourin ...
 Father Nadeau (2 episodes)
 Melvin Kates (2 episodes)
Pierre Curzi ...
 Alphonse Fortier (2 episodes)
Pierre LeBlanc ...
 Gerry the photographer (2 episodes)
 Nelson (2 episodes)
Leni Parker ...
 Dixie (2 episodes)
Michael Rhoades ...
 Leslie Bennett (2 episodes)
Greg Ellwand ...
 Spear (2 episodes)
 Pocetta (2 episodes)
Leon Pownall ...
 William Randolph Hearst (2 episodes)
Cynthia Belliveau ...
 Sally Rand (2 episodes)
Reg Dreger ...
 Kurt Dietrich (2 episodes)
Jonathan Stark ...
 Movie Director (2 episodes)
Lynne Deragon ...
 Nurse Enid MacPhail (2 episodes)
 Martin Poulin (2 episodes)
Samantha Gilliland ...
 Emilie Dionne, 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Erin Morris-Vanasse ...
 Annette Dionne, 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Emily Gilliland ...
 Marie Dionne, 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Brooke Gilliland ...
 Yvonne Dionne - 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Grace Morris-Vanasse ...
 Cecile Dionne, 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
Bonnie Morris-Vanasse ...
 Cecile Dionne - 5 yrs. (2 episodes)
David Francis ...
 Dr. J.C. Burroughs (2 episodes)
James Hayes Liboiron ...
 Ernest Dionne, 12 yrs. (2 episodes)
Ilana Besner ...
 Rose Dionne, 11 yrs. (2 episodes)
 Therese Dionne, 10 yrs. (2 episodes)
 Nurse Louise (2 episodes)
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
 Nurse Evie (2 episodes)
Philip Spensley ...
 Cosgrove (2 episodes)
Paul Stewart ...
 Huxtable (2 episodes)
Arthur Holden ...
 Poppa Dionne (2 episodes)
Jack Eyamie ...
 Master of Ceremonies (2 episodes)
 George Sinclaire (2 episodes)
 Lowell Thomas (2 episodes)
 Dr. Alfred Adler (2 episodes)


The true story that shocked 1930's Canada. When a poor rural Ontario family gives birth to quintuplet, the town doctor doesn't waste a second and takes over the family. He helps to take care of the babies but soon turns the babies into a freak show. Not before long the government gets involved and the babies are a multi-million dollar industry. But how can the uneducated couple regain their babies and their lives? Written by Steve Richer <>

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20 November 1994 (USA)  »

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Cinco Gémeas Que Valem Milhões  »

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As there was not a set of female quintuplets that existed at the time of filming, two sets of triplets had to be cast: Grace (Cecile), Bonnie (Cecile), and Erin (Annette) Morris-Vanasse; Samantha (Emilie), Brooke (Yvonne), and Emily (Marie) Gilliland. See more »

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Sad Tale of Exploitation
7 December 2001 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very well done movie about the Canadian quintuples who had their childhoods stolen from them, offered up as a side show attraction to the world. The film does a good job of showing how naive their parents were, and the complex doctor (great job by Bridges) who believes his "protection" of them in the girls' best interests. Of course, multiple births are practically commonplace these days. This story recreates what it must have been like for a world to experience something that had not happened before.

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