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Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story 

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
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 ...
Madison Dewalt ...
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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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 ...
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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 Dr. Moulds 2 episodes, 2006
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 Charlie Lawson 2 episodes, 2006
Les Vandor ...
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 Banker McCarthy 2 episodes, 2006
Henry Woolf ...
 Jack Corman 2 episodes, 2006
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Storyline

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

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 »

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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Good try...but marred by serious historical errors
9 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am probably the only person on this string of comments who actually met Douglas. That said, I acknowledge the sincere effort of the producers of telling an important historical story, but I was utterly shocked by the inaccurate depiction of Jimmy Gardiner as an ultra right-wing ogre. Despte what you saw in this film, Gardiner was a teetotaler and a defender of oppressed minorities (Eastern European immigrants during the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1920s and the On-to-Ottawa trekkers in the summer of 1935). There has been much controversy in Saskatchewan over the sadistically inaccurate depiction of Gardiner. Also, the Estevan coal miners strike of 1931 was inaccurately depicted: the bodies of the dead were not left to rot and Douglas and his wife were not in the area at the time. Moreover, Gardiner was not the premier at the time and did not, despite what you saw in the movie, order the shooting or exult in the miners' deaths. On and on and on go the list of historical errors, all of which just happen to aggrandize Douglas and his party.

What this movie "got right" was the important role of provincial finance minister Clarence Fines and cabinet minister Woodrow Lloyd during Douglas' term as premier. Actor Michael Therriault did an exceptional job of capturing Douglas' personality and speaking style.

There is a school of thought here in Saskatchewan that Douglas did as much harm as good...by waging war on business so effectively, he provoked it into a six-decade boycott of Saskatchewan, setting the stage for relatively few jobs. It has taken 60 years for another NDP government (see the April 6, 2006 budget brought down by NDP premier Lorne Calvert) to reverse years of anti-business rhetoric and policy--and throw open the doors to the private sector.

Among Canadian leftists, there is something akin to a cult around Douglas' life and deeds that prevents an objective, balanced analysis of his legacy. This ambitious but flawed feature will not make that consideration any easier.


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