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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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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:

CAD 321,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Song by Leonard Cohen
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Ernie Game Is Just Fine
19 February 2013 | by mitchxperkinsSee all my reviews

Very much of its time, perfectly enjoyable. Some typical 70's indulgent set pieces, but some great moments too, particularly the hitch-hikers going to Toronto. Recommended.

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"Called "One of the most innovative examples of personal cinema to come from English Canada in the Sixties" by the Cinematheque Ontario"

"Owen risked his career at the NFB when he surreptitiously turned what was to have been a half-hour educational film into the of the few English-language dramatic features made in Canada during the 1960s."

"Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, The Ernie Game received the Etrog Awards, now known as Genie Awards, for Best Direction and Best Feature Film in 1968."


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