Martin Bishop, an innocent eighteen year-old, joins a crew of wild rail workers and challenges the foreman's brutal authority.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Bishop (as Craig Olejnik)
Gaston Lepage ...
Vittorio Rossi ...
Luc Morissette ...
Marco Bacon ...
Pierre Leblanc ...
Worker #1
Posse Guy #1 (as Brian Wright)
David Schaap ...
Posse Guy #2
Eddy Malenfant ...
Posse Guy #3


After his father's death, innocent Martin Bishop is left with nothing financially. He is however left with his father's belief that "if a man loses everything but still chooses to do what's right, then he's lost nothing at all", a belief to which Martin clings. He decides to head north to take a job on one of the Great Slave Lake Railroad's remote construction crews, working as its timekeeper, the person who keeps the records of hours worked for payroll. Martin quickly learns of the rampant corruption at his camp, led by the sadistic foreman, Fisk, who orders Martin to inflate his hours worked, and keep on the payroll those men who he has banished from the camp in order to pocket their wages. Those banished men are left to fend for themselves since they are provided no means of transportation out and have no money. They survive living off the scraps of food from the camp's dump, which is why they're referred to as the "garbage eaters". After Martin thinks that Fisk has killed one of ... Written by Huggo

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21 August 2009 (Canada)  »

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I ora tis alitheias  »

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CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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''Helpess'' instead of ''Helpless'' by Neil Young In the music credits section at the end. See more »


Martin Bishop: [voice over] If a man loses everything but still chooses to do what's right, then he's lost nothing at all.
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Got more from reading the synopsis afterwards than the movie itself
20 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I struggled through this bit of Canadiana and truthfully got more from reading the synopsis afterwards than the movie itself. I think the biggest problem with this Indie drama is that nothing is explained; when is this taking place? Where is this remote location? What exactly is a timekeeper? What railroad are they building? All these things would have helped me get into this movie, as it was my favorite scene involved the men 'dump' diving with some bears and the Johnny Cash song played (Long Time) during one of the scenes -not a good sign. And what the hell was Roy Dupuis doing here, his character (and fake beard) were a mess. 02.28.14

FYI (and for my information) Set in 1964, this follows Martin Bishop (Craig Olejnik), a highly moral young man, as he attempts to work alongside a railway construction crew in the Northwest Territories.

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