Trudeau (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  31 March 2002 (Canada)
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A biography of the famous, controversial and flamboyant Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.



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Mitchell Sharp
Guy Richer ...
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In 1968, Canada saw the election of a Prime Minister unlike any other in its history, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Handsome, witty, idealistic, flamboyant, courageous and debonair Trudeau rides on an unheard of crest of popularity nicknamed "Trudeaumania" that sweeps him into the highest political office in the country. At the same time, he develops a passionate romance with a young Margaret Sinclair that soon leads to marriage. However, events would put both Pierre's political and personal life under the gun as he must struggle with traumatic events like the terrorist crisis that grips Quebec in October 1970 which forces him to declare temporary martial law being but the first of the major challenges. At the same time, the demands of being a Prime Minister's wife takes its own toll on Margaret as her relationship with Pierre begins to disintergrate. Eventually, both pressures do their harm as the couple divorces and Pierre's political standing falls even as his Quebec Seperatist foes rise ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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(2 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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The scenes that took place in 1979, i.e. Trudeau leaving the House of Commons after resigning as Liberal leader, the news conference after he came back, and his being congratulated by the faithful after the news conference were all shot in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill on Sept. 11th, 2001. When cast and crew arrived that morning it was a bright sunny day, with Parliament Hill swarming with tourists. By mid afternoon the tourists were gone and Parliament Hill had been sealed off by the RCMP. Filming was allowed to continue inside the now empty building, but the RCMP would not allow any exterior filming. See more »


Followed by Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making (2005) See more »

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As brilliant as the man himself!
31 March 2002 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

At this point I have seen only the first half of this series but I'm eager with anticipation for the second part. This is as good as anything CBC has ever done. Colm Feore doesn't look like Pierre Trudeau nevertheless he IS Pierre Trudeau, down to the arrogant shrugs and the puckish intellect. Polly Shannon is a believable Margaret Trudeau (even if Margaret herself was a bit unbelievable in real life.) They dwell a little too heavily on the Pierre and Margaret soap opera. Some of the key players --- John Turner and Mitchell Sharp --- are not recognizeable and identifying people becomes difficult. (Jean Marchand is well done.) But all that aside, this is a top notch effort. It uses novel production effects which are effective without being either gimmicky or artsey-dartsey. They move the story along briskly. The old newsclips are integrated to powerful effect. It will be interesting to see if CBC sells this series outside of Canada. As excellent as it is to Canadian eyes, it might be confusing to outsiders. Hell, most Canadians don't understand Canadian politics! But I'm delighted to see that nevertheless, those same confusing politics have pointed CBC back in the right direction!

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