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The Ernie Game (1967)

Set in mid-winter Montreal, a mentally unstable young man becomes involved with 2 women, which fuels his paranoia, forcing him to commit criminal acts.

Director:

Don Owen

Writers:

Don Owen (screenplay), Bernard Cole Spencer (original stories)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alexis Kanner ... Ernie Turner
Judith Gault ... Donna
Jackie Burroughs ... Gail
Derek May Derek May ... Ernie's accomplice
Anna Cameron ... Social worker
Leonard Cohen ... Singer
Louis Negin ... Ernie's friend
Corinne Copnick Corinne Copnick ... Landlady
Rolland D'Amour ... Neighbour (as Roland D'Amour)
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Storyline

Ernie Turner is released from a mental hospital and evicted from his apartment. Alienated and indifferent to life, he meets Donna, a beautiful young woman while wandering down the street. Donna takes pity on Ernie despite him being in a terminal state of confusion and the two become involved with each other. Later at a party, Ernie meets a former girlfriend, Gail, and the two resume their previous relationship. For Ernie life is a game, but as he moves between the two women, his fragile mental state declines and his imagined rejections drive him to fantastic and dangerous schemes. Written by pr1mal_1

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Drama

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Connections

Follows Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail (1966) See more »

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Song by Leonard Cohen
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Evil is Canadian
21 October 2002 | by onibabaSee all my reviews

While doing a little research on Canadian cinema, I had the distinct displeasure of sitting through this atrocious film. The Ernie of the title is very possibly the most smug, most obnoxious, most irritating character ever to hit the screen; he runs around sponging off of women who ought to know better, declaring himself a "saint" and talking down to people as if they were four years old. (Of course, he fancies himself a writer despite never having written a sentence.) The lead actor is perfect- too perfect- in the role: he's so convincing that he makes an already annoying character completely intolerable, so much so that I decided I'd rather spend time with Buffalo Bill from "The Silence of the Lambs" than look at his horrible smirk ever again. Unless you're a Leonard Cohen diehard (he has a small scene in which he sings) my advice to you is flee in terror.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD321,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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