A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Irma Douglas (2 episodes, 2006)
George Alexander ...
 Legislative Guard (2 episodes, 2006)
Ryland Alexander ...
 Mike Luschenko (2 episodes, 2006)
Kent Allen ...
 Speaker of the House (2 episodes, 2006)
Wendy Anderson ...
 KDD Lady #1 (2 episodes, 2006)
Sharon Bakker ...
 Anne Douglas (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Mr. Fortier (2 episodes, 2006)
Tammy Rae Beltrami ...
 Miner Woman (2 episodes, 2006)
Robert Benz ...
 RCMP officer (2 episodes, 2006)
Ian Black ...
 Tommy Douglas Sr. (2 episodes, 2006)
Mackenzie Blaisdell ...
 Shirley - Age 10 (2 episodes, 2006)
Lee Boyes ...
 SGI Agent (2 episodes, 2006)
Kathryn Bracht ...
 Lloyd's Secretary (2 episodes, 2006)
Matt Burgess ...
 Young Doctor (2 episodes, 2006)
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Brent Carver ...
 Secretary Balsam (2 episodes, 2006)
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 50th Anniversery Announcer (2 episodes, 2006)
Derrick Davidson ...
 William Patterson (2 episodes, 2006)
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 MJ Coldwell (2 episodes, 2006)
Camille Devine ...
 Lucille (2 episodes, 2006)
Madison Dewalt ...
 Jessica (2 episodes, 2006)
Kim Ehman ...
 Mrs. Fortier (2 episodes, 2006)
Kimberly Elek ...
 Young Church Girl (2 episodes, 2006)
Jean Freeman ...
 Tommy's Neighbour (2 episodes, 2006)
Brad Grass ...
 TV Anchor (2 episodes, 2006)
George Grassick ...
 Manure Dumping Farmer (2 episodes, 2006)
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 John Diefenbaker (2 episodes, 2006)
Kelly Handerek ...
 Gardiner's Aide (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Cameraman for Press (2 episodes, 2006)
Kristina Hughes ...
 Farm Wife (2 episodes, 2006)
Lindsay Ruth Hunt ...
 Eleanor (2 episodes, 2006)
Cheryl Jack ...
 Female Doctor (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lally Lawson (2 episodes, 2006)
Andy Jones ...
 Mackenzie King (2 episodes, 2006)
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 KOD Lady #2 (2 episodes, 2006)
Daniel MacDonald ...
 War Medical Doctor (2 episodes, 2006)
Christine MacInnis ...
 Adult Shirley (2 episodes, 2006)
Ian MacLean ...
 Mine Owner (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Jimmie Gardiner (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist (2 episodes, 2006)
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 BienFait Woman (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Clarence Fines (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lead Reporter (2 episodes, 2006)
Marion Mills ...
 Woman Park Commerical (2 episodes, 2006)
Walter Mills ...
 JS Woodsworth (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Woodrow Lloyd (2 episodes, 2006)
Kent Nolan ...
 Danny Reeves (2 episodes, 2006)
Mike O'Brien ...
 Deacon Marks (2 episodes, 2006)
Tom O'Hara ...
 Capitalist (2 episodes, 2006)
Shannon Ozimy ...
 Screaming Woman (2 episodes, 2006)
Jane Redlyon ...
 Mrs. Babitch (2 episodes, 2006)
Rob Roy ...
 Moderator Weyburn Arena (2 episodes, 2006)
Winston Schroeder ...
 Unemployed Mike (2 episodes, 2006)
Troy Skog ...
 Means Inspector / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
Ruth Smilie ...
 KOD Lady #3 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tommy Douglas (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Dr. Moulds (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Charlie Lawson (2 episodes, 2006)
Les Vandor ...
 MP (2 episodes, 2006)
Matthew Walker ...
 Banker McCarthy (2 episodes, 2006)
Henry Woolf ...
 Jack Corman (2 episodes, 2006)
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In 1930s Saskatchewan, a small town parish has a new young new pastor, Tommy Douglas. However, for all his regular duties, which include boxing lessons, Tommy sees the poverty and injustice around him which seem beyond his power to address with the pulpit. With that in mind, Douglas enters politics with the socialist Canadian Commonwealth Federation and starts a career where his steadfast idealism runs headlong into the powerful opposition of the rich and the powerful. Despite the long odds, Douglas' new calling would soon make him a leader that would transform Canada and have him hailed as the greatest Canadian of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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12 March 2006 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Gigante da Planície: A História de Tommy Douglas  »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the scene where Tommy gives a speech at the 50th Anniversary of the CCF 1500 extras were needed to fill the auditorium, production only got 300 hundred so the scene was done in stages with the actors redoing their lines and the extras being moved to fill different sections As a result the scene took over twice as long to shoot. See more »

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Modern streetlights can be seen at the Saskatchewan Legislature. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Douglas: My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea.
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Referenced in Corner Gas: Bend It Like Brent (2008) See more »

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A legend as big as the prairie skies.
12 March 2006 | by (Red Earth, Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

One might expect a mini series over 3 hours about the father of Medicare would be full of fillers but they would be mistaken. The life of T.C. Douglas goes by very quickly in this movie yet manages to cover much of his major accomplishments, personal highlights, and famous speeches. Tommy Douglas was first and foremost a great orator. His experience as a Baptist pastor honed his public speaking skills and also his moral commitment to his promises. "PRAIRIE GIANT" shows the extent of his persecution both religious ("The trouble with you Baptists is they don't hold you under the water long enough") and political (his C.C.F. party is referred to as Communists and the Red Menace). His accomplishments can best be viewed on related web pages and publications. The biopic wisely focuses on his personal life which in large part shaped his social attitudes. The music and cinematography are a big part of this film but Canadian films about the Depression and mid 20th Century have always been of high quality. The acting is also as good as anticipated. Many famous faces have yet to be posted on the IMDb list. For example, Nicholas Campbell (the star reporter on Ron Howard's Cinderella MAN for those of you who haven't seen DAVINCI'S INQUEST)plays Liberal E.J.Young, CODCO's Andy Jones plays P.M. MacKenzie King, and Aidan Devine (Gordie Howe on NET WORTH) plays M.J. Colewell. Of course, it would not seem like a Canadian biopic without R.H.Thompson who's been in docu-dramas about other Canadian heroes like Ken Taylor, Terry Fox, Ted Lindsay, Frederick Banting, and Pierre Trudeau. The producers really pulled out all the stops to make a movie that will live as long as the memory of T.C. Douglas lives on.


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