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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McCamus ...
Walter 'Wally' Gretzky
Victoria Snow ...
Phyllis Gretzky
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Ian Kohler
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Wayne Gretzky (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
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Butch
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Eddie Ramer (as Dave Brown)
Shaun Johnston ...
Rob Coyne
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Keith Gretzky
Darren Bachynski ...
Glen Gretzky
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Brent Gretzky
Gill Hawkins ...
Jessica Renman ...
Lessia Petriv ...
Mary Gretzky
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Dr. DeVilliers
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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
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6 November 2005 (Canada)  »

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Based on the book "On Family, Hockey and Healing" by Walter Gretzky See more »

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Features Hockey Night in Canada (1952) See more »

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I Will Remember You
Written by Sarah McLachlan, Seamus Egan, and Dave Merenda
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
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Inspirational (yet cheesy) story about Canadian royalty
20 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was an interesting little bit of Canadiana I caught late night on CBC. On that note I'm sure it will only appeal to other Canadians. I mean it's about Wayne Gretzky's dad and its kinda cheesy, bordering on melodramatic, with wooden dialogue and a very made-for-TV feel. There is a lot of hockey here and the Gretzsky's are Canadian royalty, but still.

So, the story is based on Walter Gretzsky's autobiography "On Family, Hockey, and Healing" which follows his struggles after a stroke and his fight to remember not only his life but the impact he had on his legendary sons spectacular career on the ice. (He's known as the world famous hockey dad) That part of the story is pretty good, and I have to say I did end up enjoying this way more than I expected to. Walter's determination is inspirational and it makes you wish this had been a better movie. Kris Holden-Ried plays Wayne and in an honourable mention there's even a scene where they go to Tim Hortons -which I kinda loved. 04.11


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