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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Modern streetlights can be seen at the Saskatchewan Legislature. 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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Who would have thought this would be so good?
15 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The film is shamelessly emotional and still pulls it off, because the material is strong. By no means perfect. It sneaks up on you and is, at times, a full-on, hanky-worthy tear jerker. My most cynical friends reluctantly admitted they cried their eyes out. How often do you get to say that about a 4-hour CBC biopic? Far beyond the film, Tommy's worth a ten on his own merits. (So I can only give it a nine.) He is unquestionably a hero of the left, but he is also a hero for anyone who believes in balanced budgets and debt reduction.

Scratch that. Debt elimination.

He's a hero for anyone who thinks politicians should campaign on what they intend to do, and then do what they campaigned on. He's a hero for anyone who thinks government ought to be transparent and accountable. He actually managed to deliver ambitious yet ruthlessly efficient government service. Sometimes government is the problem. Not this time. This time government was transformative.

Like John Diefenbaker and John A. MacDonald, he is a man who changed his country beyond any reasonable expectation.

How the hell do you turn that into a series of compelling scenes with even remotely engaging characters? Good luck.

And yet the movie is so much better than you think it is. Especially the second part, which by all rights should flounder and die like a baby seal in a Greenpeace ad. But it creeps up on you until it absolutely soars. Look at the person beside you. One of you is probably going to cry.

Politics? Emotional? Inspiring? This Baptist preacher from the 30's is, in the end, shockingly relevant? Who woulda thunk? Not that I would pretend to be objective.


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