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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McCamus ...
Walter 'Wally' Gretzky
Phyllis Gretzky
Ian Kohler
Wayne Gretzky (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Eddie Ramer (as Dave Brown)
Shaun Johnston ...
Rob Coyne
Keith Gretzky
Darren Bachynski ...
Glen Gretzky
Brent Gretzky
Gill Hawkins ...
Jessica Renman ...
Lessia Petriv ...
Mary Gretzky
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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La longue absence  »

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


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A sleepy melodrama
15 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Why was this film even made? No disrespect to Walter Gretsky, but countless people have been felled by strokes. Other than his near celebrity status as the father of hockey legend Wayne, Walter's story just isn't that interesting -- or that well executed - to make a decent movie. The wooden dialog and homespun feel the filmmakers were obviously looking for teetered on the brink of melodrama. I found looking into the Gretskys' private life, and conversations between friends and family members (as imagined by the writer), somewhat disquieting. The filmmakers seem to have overlooked the fact that you can't make a good movie without a good story And this one just doesn't cut it.

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