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Citizen Gangster (2011) More at IMDbPro »Edwin Boyd (original title)

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Citizen Gangster -- Scott Speedman stars as in the true story of a WWII vet and family man turned bank robber.

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Writer:
Nathan Morlando (written by)
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Tagline:
Gangster. Media darling. Model citizen.
Plot:
WWII vet Eddie Boyd is torn between providing for his young family and an unfulfilled dream of becoming a Hollywood star. He discovers a way to do both, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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First time director nails ambitious vision See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Scott Speedman ... Edwin Boyd

Kelly Reilly ... Doreen Boyd

Kevin Durand ... Lenny Jackson

Joseph Cross ... Val Kozak

Brendan Fletcher ... Willie 'The Clown' Jackson

Charlotte Sullivan ... Mary Mitchell

Melanie Scrofano ... Ann Roberts

Brian Cox ... Glover

William Mapother ... Detective David Rhys

Christian Martyn ... Billy Boyd

Cynthia Galant ... Carolyn Boyd

Daniel Kash ... Lou

Joris Jarsky ... War Veteran
Brigitte Kingsley ... Fiona Kordic

Tara Nicodemo ... Bank Teller (Robbery 1)

Marty Adams ... Bank Manager (Robbery 1)
Sandra Forsell ... Bank Teller (Robbery 3 & 4)
Robert Bockstael ... Bank Manager (Robbery 3 & 4)

Craig Snoyer ... Dutch
Marianne McIsaac ... Lorne Green School Receptionist

Steven McCarthy ... Jail Reporter

Jim Calarco ... Priest
Greg Ellwand ... Mayor
Troy Boudreau ... Forest Hill Reporter #1
Rhaelyn Gillespie ... Bank Teller (1966)
Mark Fisher ... Plainclothes Detective
Sandro Frenguelli ... Bank Customer (Robbery 3)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lorne Greene ... Himself: CBC Reporter (1952) (archive footage)

Patrick Stevenson ... Tough Cop
Maureen Henderson ... Bank Employee (uncredited)

Joey Iachetta ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Darcy Roy ... Alley Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nathan Morlando 
 
Writing credits
Nathan Morlando (written by)

Produced by
Daniel Bekerman .... co-producer
Daniel Bekerman .... line producer
Allison Black .... producer
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Helen Du Toit .... co-producer
Karen Franklin .... associate producer
Daniel Iron .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Richter 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Cosens 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Comeau 
 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
David Rubin 
 
Production Design by
Aidan Leroux 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Mihaichuk 
 
Set Decoration by
Rob Hepburn 
 
Costume Design by
Brenda Broer 
 
Makeup Department
Clara Dinunzio .... key hair stylist
Chantal Gravel .... dailies hair stylist
Robbi O'Quinn .... key makeup artist
Larissa Palaszczuk .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Helen Du Toit .... post-production supervisor
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Matt Connors .... set dresser
Marguerite Lippert .... painter
Anne Metheany .... art trainee
 
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Kathy Choi .... dialogue editor
Sue Conley .... supervising dialogue editor
Kyle D. Krajewski .... adr recordist
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Steve Medeiros .... first assistant sound editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Jane Tattersall .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Crowther .... visual effects supervisor
Tony Cybulski .... digital compositor
Tom Turnbull .... visual effects (as Thomas Turnbull)
 
Stunts
Rene Bishop .... stunt double: Scott Speedman
Dylan Bryson .... stunt rigging
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Eric Bryson .... stunts: Cop
Jay Canavan .... stunt double: Kevin Durand
Danny Lima .... stunt double: Joseph Cross
Martin Williams .... head stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Tyler Emms .... grip
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Anthony Police .... best boy grip
Jeff Turco .... grip
Steve Winn .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Barbeau .... extras casting
Rosalie Chilelli .... extras casting
Robin D. Cook .... casting: canada
Stephanie Gorin .... casting: canada
Karen P. Morris .... casting associate
Jonathan Oliveira .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessie Gibbs .... wardrobe assistant
Zenith Lillie-Eakett .... wardrobe assistant
Jonny Pray .... costume consultant
Anita K. Schapansky .... wardrobe set supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Darcy Arthurs .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor
Jim Fleming .... digital intermediate colorist
Rob Gyorgy .... digital intermediate editor
Sandy Pereira .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jeremy Underwood .... recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Seth Gagnon .... picture cars
Gary Guise .... driver
Naeda Keeler .... driver
Verlyn Robinson .... driver
 
Other crew
Troy Boudreau .... stand-in
Mike Chikoski .... set production assistant
Paul Chodirker .... legal services
Michael Cudmore .... production assistant
Karen Franklin .... business affairs
Ari Haas .... production executive: Myriad Pictures
Karen Martin .... second assistant accountant
Ian Pozzebon .... location assistant
Katrina Saville .... script supervisor
Tina Vacalopoulos .... production coordinator
Srdjan Vilotijevic .... location manager
 
Thanks
Mali Finn .... special thanks
Kenneth Mitchell .... special thanks
Daniel Pancotto .... special thanks
Ron Yerxa .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edwin Boyd" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Trivia:
The historic archive footage of Lorne Greene reporting on the Boyd Gang was the the very first telecast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television network (CBC-TV).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a scene set in 1950 Edwin and his wife watch a newsreel projected in a wide-screen format that wasn't introduced until 1953.See more »
Quotes:
Doreen Boyd:Your dreams, you made them ours. And I believed you. I didn't think it would be like this, Eddie.See more »

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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
First time director nails ambitious vision, 14 December 2011
Author: deanmoriarty00 from Canada

Edwin Boyd is a fast-paced roller coaster film that proves fact can indeed be stranger than fiction. It is filled with poignant, heartbreaking moments. Boyd longed to be a Hollywood star and he would no doubt have a joyous tear in his eye to see this beautiful portrait of his life on the big screen.

First-time filmmakers can certainly take notes and learn a thing or two from Nathan Morlando here. Morlando (also the screenwriter) executes this ambitious true story period piece on a low budget with such excellence you'd think he's been making films for years.

The flow and tone of the film don't scream "period piece" -- which is a great thing and a conscious decision. It feels modern and slick, for instance, with the hand-held camera, particularly during the bank robbery scenes, which really place you right in the middle of the action. The soundtrack is also genius. Morlando mixes up the old tunes of that era with the jolting sounds of modern bands that feel like they could be from another time and place in history (i.e. The Black Keys). It's totally unexpected and completely exciting while watching. Brilliant work.

The overall aesthetic look to the film is stunning. Shot on film, giving it warmth and life, it still has this cool grey almost newsreel type of look to it, only using flashy, vibrant colours where necessary; making them all the more gorgeous.

Scott Speedman plays the title role and he truly shines in the tricky part. He shows off tremendous range as an actor. From the inner frustration and sadness simmering just below the surface, to the eventual angry blow ups, to the fun-loving gentleman-thief dancing around the banks and flirting with tellers; Speedman shows us he is capable of great things.

The supporting cast is outstanding as well and they all play their parts just perfectly in showing off the different faces of Eddie Boyd (big praise to Morlando as well for fleshing out each character so well in the script in order to get deeper into the psyche of our lead character).

The interactions with the fellas in the Boyd gang are so exciting and fun to watch, especially during their prison breaks and bank robberies -- you're placed right in the middle of the action, feeling like the fifth member of their gang. The scenes with Eddie and his wife Doreen, played by Kelly Reilly are beautiful and poignant. Completely in love at first, their relationship becomes strained over the years due to Eddie's lifestyle decisions, despite the love for each other always being there. Brian Cox does a great job playing Eddie's father (a retired police officer), adding a sad tension and insight in their tattered father-son relationship.

Overall, Edwin Boyd is an extremely well-crafted film. Not just for a first-time director, but for any filmmaker; it's solid all the way around. Morlando handles the tricky, ambitious material of a real-life figure with total poise and precision. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll be on the edge of your seat.

Definitely consider checking out this film. I can't wait to see it again.

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