The Arrow (1997)

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The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crawford Gordon
Kate O'Hara
Ron White ...
Jack Woodman
Jim Chamberlin
James (Jim) Floyd
Fred Smye
Ian D. Clark ...
Edward Critchley
David Brown ...
Joe Paloffski (as Dave Brown)
Catherine Fitch ...
Ruby Paloffski
Robin Gammell ...
C.D. Howe
Robert Haley ...
CIA Director
George Hees
Mauralea Austin ...
June Callwood


This series tells the story of the world's fastest fighter plane ever built, in 1950's Canada, and how the project was dropped due to political pressure from the United States. Written by Steve Richer <>

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The right stuff. The wrong time.


Drama | History






Release Date:

12 January 1997 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Gyorsan, mint a nyíl  »

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$7,800,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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To make the Avro Arrow fly they filmed radio controlled models of the Arrow from a helicopter. See more »


When Jack Woodman and Air Marshall Curtis are informed by a cabinet minister that the United States will protect Canada until the Bomarc Missles are operational, Woodman stands up and states that Canada should just sit back and become the "49th state", even though you can see he says, "50th state." See more »


Featured in The Greatest Canadian (2004) See more »

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Engrossing film
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I don't know any of the actual history, so can't comment on that but I was completely hooked after the first few minutes of this movie. This is one of the few movies I've seen that made me interested enough in the subject matter to want to learn more about the real Arrow. This is a very serious movie with lots of technical information but is fascinating. It is also interesting because the development of the Arrow is completely unknown to most people, even people interested in planes and aerospace. Even though it focuses on technology, the movie is a character study in how the individuals developing the plane are affected by political and management decisions they have no part of. Note to Ackroyd comedy fans, this is not a comedy and although this may be some of the best acting Ackroyd has done this is definitely not his most sympathetic character.

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