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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)

Based on the Book: Written by Walter Gretzky recounting his recovery from a stroke which left him without any memory of his son Wayne.



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


Based on the Book: Written by Walter Gretzky recounting his recovery from a stroke which left him without any memory of his son Wayne.

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements




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6 November 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

La longue absence  »

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


Features Hockey Night in Canada (1952) See more »


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Inspirational and a Pleasure to Watch
14 September 2008 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This was a movie that was highly recommended to me by a good friend and I'm glad to say I saw it.

This was a movie that tells the story of Walter Gretzky suffering a stroke, along with the struggles and triumphs he had to deal with since then. I can remember first hearing about this when it actually happened, but I knew little of it.

This movie is special to me in a way, because being a stroke survivor myself (going on four years now), I can relate to some of struggles Mr. Gretzky had to deal with and it has inspired me to go out and try to do the things I used to do once again (If I can ice skate and play hockey again, I'd really be happy!!!).

Although my stroke was not as big as Mr. Gretzky's, I've had to deal with problems (and still do) in life. At times I can get so frustrated and I've had the feeling to quit on some things at times. This movie is a reminder to me that things can get better and to keep trying.

After watching this film, I bought the DVD and it's something I can watch again and again. It's a keeper.

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