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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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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The steam locomotive which turns up in several places is an original CPR Hudson which was restored in Vancouver by CP employees with the help of the company and which has crossed the country on PR tours. The second car is actually a machine shop on wheels for possible repairs enroute and would not have been part of a CP passenger train in those days. The coaches, part of the touring train, are post war and would not have been in service in the thirties or forties. 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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Excellent Movie and Pretty good documentary
6 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The comments by people who "hated" this movie were very good comments. There are a few parts of the film which are crafted more for the enjoyment factor than the education factor. In doing so, the filmmakers sacrificed maybe one tenth of this film's historical value. I also agree with the people who loved this movie because it was so well produced and acted. All in all, this is a good film for anyone who cares about good government, family values, whether liberal or conservative. It provides a sound basis for further research if you are at all interested in the history of good government in the 20th Century. Speaking of "liberal," in the movie it is a puzzle why "liberal" seems to mean one thing in Canada and something else in the United States. Ah, well.


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