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Release Date:
5 October 2003 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A star making performance by Eric Schweig. See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Adam Beach ... J.J. Harper

Eric Schweig ... Harry Wood

Currie Graham ... Constable Robert Cross

Garry Chalk ... Inspector Ken Dowson

Gordon Tootoosis ... James Harper

Michael Lawrenchuk ... Joe
Jack Blum ... Harvey Pollock
Richard Hurst ... Chief of Police Herb Stephen
Joy Keeper ... Winona
B. Pat Burns ... Gordon Sinclair

Jonas Chernick ... Constable Bill Issac

David Brown ... Detective Spooner

Will Woytowich ... Constable Buckman
David Gillies ... Attorney Morton
Paul Christie ... Sergeant Osepchuk
Brent Neale ... Constable Mark
Sharon Bajer ... Constable Hodgins
Bobby Joe Thomas ... Kid
Dylan Mowatt ... Pruden

Frank Adamson ... Judge Enns

Ryan Rajendra Black ... Judge Sinclair (as Ryan Black)
John Bluethner ... Judge Hamilton
Steve Ratzlaff ... Dr. Markesteyn (as Steven Ratzlaff)
Jeff Skinner ... Attorney McGregor
Harlan Bruyere ... Elijah Harper
Marsha Knight ... Lois
Melanie Nepinak ... Morisette
Grant Swan ... Randy
Jeff Bruyere ... Yaworek

Dan McLean ... Mike Tymchuck
Mark Nabess ... First Chief
Pierre Tuesday ... Tribal Council Member
Jules Desjarlais ... Northern Lakes Chief
Gerry Barrett ... Lee
Garnet Comegan ... Street Person

Rebecca Gibson ... Police Secretary

Rick Skene ... CKY Camerman
Cal Richard ... White Dodge Owner
Patti D. Grayson ... Nurse (as Patti Grayson)

Jan Skene ... Mrs. Cross

Sarah Constible ... Reporter #1

Jon Ted Wynne ... Reporter #2
Jonathan Barrett ... Reporter #3
Spirit Sand Singers ... Native Drummers (as Spirit Sands Singers)
Robert King ... Young J.J.
Clayton Morrissette Jr. ... Young Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Lambert-Whitford ... Little Billy (uncredited)
Melissa LeClaire ... Protester (uncredited)
Lorrie Papadopoulos ... Reporter (uncredited)
Chuck Robinson ... Police Officer Stopping Rape (uncredited)
Warren Louis Wiltshire ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Norma Bailey 
 
Writing credits
Gordon Sinclair Jr. (book "Cowboys and Indians: The Shooting of J.J. Harper")

Andrew Rai Berzins (written by)

Andrew Rai Berzins (screen story) and
Roland Rhodes (screen story)

Robert Lower (voice over written by)

Anne Frank (story editor)

Norma Bailey (story consultant)

Produced by
Eric Jordan .... producer
Paul Stephens .... executive producer
Jeremy Torrie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Randolph Peters 
 
Cinematography by
David Frazee 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Lower 
 
Casting by
Gail Carr 
Jim Heber 
 
Production Design by
Réjean Labrie  (as Rejean Labrie)
 
Set Decoration by
Aaron Anderson 
Stephen Arndt 
Robb Paraskevopoulos 
 
Costume Design by
Linda Madden 
 
Makeup Department
Celina Clements .... key hair stylist
Doug Morrow .... key makeup artist
Pina Robinson .... hair stylist
Catherina Saites .... hair stylist
Frances Hans .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Amanda Kuryk .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Jennifer Machnee .... first assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Julie Arnal .... post-production administrator
Jim Compton .... production executive: APTN
Michael Coutanche .... production executive: CBC
Brian Freeman .... production executive: CBC
Juliette Hagopian .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danielle Dumesnil .... second assistant director
Sheree Fondeur .... trainee assistant director (as Sheree Betker)
Richard O'Brien-Moran .... first assistant director
Michael Peleshok .... third assistant director (as Mike Peleshok)
 
Art Department
Ryan Berzuk .... assistant property master
Olaf Dux .... construction coordinator
Peter Flamand .... art department trainee
Greg Gardner .... graphic designer
Catherine Green .... draftsperson
Michael Jurkow .... scenic carpenter
Debbie Kuzina .... sets buyer (as Deborah Kuzina)
Bill Sinosich .... head carpenter
Laura Souter .... on-set dresser
Larry Spittle .... property master
Katharina Stieffenhofer .... art department trainee
Lawrence Van Went .... key scenic painter
Remi Verfaillie .... lead dresser
Robert Williams .... assistant carpenter
Lawrence Zglobicki .... painter
 
Sound Department
Mark Gingras .... sound editor
John Hazen .... re-recording mixer
Leon Johnson .... sound mixer
John Laing .... sound editor
Paul Morrow .... boom operator
Tim O'Connell .... foley artist
Jordan Pede .... sound trainee
Jan Rudy .... re-recording mixer
Robin Crumley .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Gebel .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Craig Skene .... stunt driver
Rick Skene .... stunt driver
Chuck Robinson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandes Ashe .... camera operator
François Balcaen .... key grip (as Francois Balcaen)
John Clarke .... electrician
Michael Drabot .... gaffer
Keith Eidse .... second assistant camera
Allen Fraser .... still photographer
Marc Gagnon .... generator operator
Tamara Jones .... first assistant camera (as Tammy Jones)
Charles Konowal .... director of photography: second unit
Darren Lannoo .... grip
Laurence Mardon .... electrician
Patrick Orchard .... camera trainee
Nicolas Phillips .... electric trainee
Rob Rowan .... best boy
Owen Smith .... dolly grip
Robert Thomson .... grip (as Rob Thomson)
 
Casting Department
Timothy Cruly .... extras casting assistant (as Tim Cruly)
Lori Stefaniuk .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Boulet .... costume supervisor
Nadine Falk .... assistant costume designer
Karen Kristalovich .... truck costumer
 
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Carol Wenaus .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Alan Barager .... second assistant location manager (as Alan Baragar)
Martin Ellis .... assistant location manager
Daniel Gagnon .... location production assistant (as Dan Gagnon)
Daniel Lavoie .... location production assistant
Carmen Lethbridge .... location manager (as Carment Lethbridge)
 
Transportation Department
Ryan Kulbaba .... driver
Jason LaFrance .... picture vehicle assistant driver (as Jason La France)
Ron Mymryk .... transportation captain
John Mysyk .... transportation coordinator
Dave Perich .... driver (as David Perich)
Timothy Vincent .... driver
 
Other crew
Julie Anderson .... accounting assistant
Carrie Arsenault .... key craft services
Dave Brown .... firearms coordinator
Mike Bruchanski .... stand-in
Tanya Brunel .... assistant to producer
Harlan Bruyere .... stand-in
Tony Duarte .... legal services
Adeline Elias .... production accountant
Wayne Glesby .... head security
Cindy Harrison .... craft services assistant
Liza Lakhoian .... production assistant
Laurie Lambert .... researcher
Gerald Lewis .... coordinator: Shoal Lake
Alanna Mills .... script supervisor
Sandra Moore .... clearance coordinator
Laura Neufeld .... production coordinator
Brent Prockert .... caterer
Leslie Stafford .... publicist
Devan Towers .... legal services
Khali Wenaus .... office production assistant
Eve Wowchuk .... assistant production coordinator (as Colleen Wowchuk)
Allan McGowan .... security officer (uncredited)
Bob Presner .... completion bond (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kenny Boyce .... special thanks
Dave Courchene .... special thanks
Steve Kejick .... special thanks
Harvey Pollock .... special thanks
Jack Templeman .... special thanks
Joe Guy Wood .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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90 min
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Harry Wood:This time, they shot the wrong Indian!See more »
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References "Bonanza" (1959)See more »

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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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