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5 October 2003 (Canada) See more »
J.J. Harper, a First Nations chief, is gunned down by police constable Robert Cross on his way home one snowy night in downtown Winnipeg. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A star making performance by Eric Schweig. See more (6 total) »


Sharon Bajer ... Hodgins

Adam Beach ... JJ Harper
Jack Blum ... Harvey Pollock, QC
David Brown ... Det. Spooner
Harlan Bruyere ... Elijah Harper

Garry Chalk ... Inspector Ken Dowson

Jonas Chernick ... Constable Bill Issac
Paul Christie ... Sergeant Osepchuk

Sarah Constible ... Reporter #2

Rebecca Gibson ... Stephen's Assistant

Currie Graham ... Constable Robert Cross
Richard Hurst ... Chief of Police Herb Stephen
Anthony Lambert-Whitford ... Little Billy

Michael Lawrenchuk ... Joe
Melissa LeClaire ... Protester

Dan McLean ... Tymchuck

Brent Neale ... Mark
Chuck Robinson ... Police Officer, stops rape

Eric Schweig ... Harry Wood

Jan Skene ... Mrs. Cross

Rick Skene ... CKY Camerman
Jeff Skinner ... Mcgregor

Gordon Tootoosis ... James Harper
Warren Louis Wiltshire ... Detective

Will Woytowich ... Constable Buckman

Jon Ted Wynne ... Reporter #1

Directed by
Norma Bailey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Rai Berzins  screenplay
Gordon Sinclair Jr.  book

Produced by
Eric Jordan .... producer
Maybelle Pacak .... executive producer
Jeremy Torrie .... producer
Original Music by
Randolph Peters 
Cinematography by
David Frazee 
Film Editing by
Robert Lower  (as Bob Lower)
Production Design by
Réjean Labrie 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Arndt 
Costume Design by
Linda Madden 
Makeup Department
Lori Caputi .... hair stylist
Frances Hans .... assistant makeup artist
Amanda Kuryk .... daily makeup artist
Jennifer Machnee .... first assistant makeup artist
Doug Morrow .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Juliette Hagopian .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard O'Brien-Moran .... first assistant director
Michael Peleshok .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ryan Berzuk .... assistant property master
Robb Paraskevopoulos .... set decorating crew
Larry Spittle .... property master
Remi Verfaillie .... lead dresser
Sound Department
Robin Crumley .... assistant sound editor
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
John Hazen .... sound re-recording mixer
Leon Johnson .... production sound mixer
Paul Morrow .... boom operator
Tim O'Connell .... foley artist
Jordan Pede .... sound assistant trainee
Harlan Bruyere .... stunt driver
Chuck Robinson .... stunt performer
Craig Skene .... stunt driver
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator
Rick Skene .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
François Balcaen .... key grip
Michael Drabot .... gaffer
Keith Eidse .... assistant camera
Allen Fraser .... still photographer
Marc Gagnon .... generator operator
Tamara Jones .... second assistant camera
Nicolas Phillips .... electrician
Casting Department
Patricia Kress .... extras casting assistant
Lori Stefaniuk .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Boulet .... set costume supervisor
Karen Kristalovich .... costume truck supervisor
Transportation Department
Dave Perich .... driver: cast
Scott Quantrell .... driver
Other crew
Dave Brown .... firearms safety coordinator
Martin Ellis .... assistant location manager
Anne Frank .... story editor
Indira Guha .... legal counsel
Robb Inniss .... production assistant
Liza Lakhoian .... production assistant
Allan McGowan .... security officer
Bob Presner .... completion bond
Khali Wenaus .... office production assistant
Colleen Wowchuk .... assistant production coordinator

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120 min
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A star making performance by Eric Schweig., 6 October 2003
Author: Richard Maurer (ram-30) from Red Earth, Saskatchewan

The real life case of an innocent First Nations chief(the Indian) by an Winnipeg city officer(the Cowboy) is the basis of this TV movie. The actual case caused its fair share of racial tension in Canada, a small scale Martin Luther King thing. The misjustice of First Nations people is becoming a staple in the Canadian cinema diet. What makes this film worth viewing is the focus on the family's reactions. The father played by Gordon Tootoosis demands forgiveness and the brother played by Eric Schweig demands justice. The stars Gordon Tootoosis and Adam Beach(WINDTALKERS, SKINWALKERS)have minor, almost cameo, appearances. Soon-to-be star Eric Schweig makes his mark in this film with a powerful performance. An honourable mention goes to veteran actor Gary Chalk who has chalked up over 100 movies to his credit. His portrayal of the troubled soul Inspector Dowson was worthy of a Gemini Award(the Canadian Emmy)along with Eric Schweig. The special effects(jump cuts, dream sequences) are occasional and not overbearing. Couple this with some beautiful northern Canadian scenery and recent ongoing events involving police officers and First Nations people like the Neil Stonechild case, and you have a very rewarding and relevant viewing experience.

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