Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006)

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

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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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Gigante da Planície: A História de Tommy Douglas  »

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The wolf from Paul Gross's series Due South, Diefenbaker, was named after John G. Diefenbaker, who was Canada's 13th Prime Minister, which is the role played here by Gross. See more »

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In Tommy Douglas's first election campaign in the 1930s, he is shown using his famous Mouseland speech. In reality, that speech was first given in 1961. See more »

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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 Very Good Film about a Great Canadian
15 March 2006 | by (London, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Prairie Giant" is a very good film about the great Canadian social democrat Tommy Douglas, the creator of the first Medicare system in North America, along with the first provincial government leader to sign into law a bill of rights and to legally guarantee collective bargaining in all sectors of the economy. Douglas was a witty and clever speaker, and Theriault does a good job at conveying his oratorical skills. The usual minuscule CBC budgets aren't noticeable here. A few of the minor actors don't seem terribly well cast: Paul Gross as Diefenbaker, Andy Jones as Mackenzie King, though they give it the old college try. Yet Don McKellar is good as Saskatchewan's finance minister, as is Kristin Booth as Irma Douglas, Tommy's wife. Douglas' final speech to the 50th Anniversary meeting of the CCF about the greed of private enterprise still rings true today in our globalized, McDonaldized, corporatized world.

It would have been nice to see the political struggles of the late 1960s and 1970s, which were skipped over the film, but these were sacrificed to show the struggle over Medicare in detail. You might have thought this would be a somewhat dull three hours... yet it could easily have filled five hours and kept my attention. We need more films like this from the CBC.


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