A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.
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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)
(2 episodes, 2006)
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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1.78 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Corner Gas: Bend It Like Brent (2008) See more »

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13 March 2006 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant biop not only about medicare but about the whole career of a much loved politician. (That was not necessarily an oxymoron back then!) Michael Therriault has captured the essence of Tommy Douglas. Apparenly he studied many old TV clips and consulted Douglas' family. (Douglas had a Scots burr. Therriault does not use one. But nonetheless he has captured the man's peppery manner impressively.) Some of the other portrayals (MacKenzie King, John Diefenbaker, M.J.Coldwell) were not as effective. They've also captured the era with a stunning array of vintage cars, kitchen appliances, telephones, furniture and men and women's clothing. They have been interwoven effectively with old TV clips including one of Norman DePoe and David Lewis. (Remember them?) Let's hope this film doesn't end up in a basement at the CBC after its summer repeat. It's a legitimate Canadian story that should keep turning up on Canadian TV for several years and which, despite it's authentic Canadian character, would make good viewing almost anywhere in the English speaking world. Damn good stuff!


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