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Winter Comes Early (1971)

Face-Off (original title)
Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their ... See full summary »

Director:

George McCowan

Writer:

George Robertson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Armstrong Bruce Armstrong ... Billy at age 3
Eric Cryderman Eric Cryderman ... Father
Don Allen Don Allen ... Billy at age 11
Kay Hawtrey ... Mother
Kathryn Carlling Kathryn Carlling ... Estelle Age 3
Art Hindle ... Billy Duke
Steve Pernie Steve Pernie ... Joe MacMillian
Derek Sanderson Derek Sanderson ... Himself
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Sherry Nelson
Frank Moore ... Barney
George Ealsom George Ealsom ... Max
Robin White Robin White ... Bud
Perry Thompson Perry Thompson ... Garry
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Graydon Hunter
John Vernon ... Fred Wares
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Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player (Billy Duke) and a hippie folk singer (Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their differences in careers and lifestyles. They realize too late that they both love each other. Written by Anita Culley

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Sherri Lee Nelson had sung her way to the top and risked it all by falling for hockey star Billy Duke. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter Comes Early See more »

Filming Locations:

Weston, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Leafs winger Jim McKenny was the stand-in for Art Hindle in the long shots of game action. See more »

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For Old-Time NHL Fans only!
21 May 2006 | by Jay09101951See all my reviews

This is a film for the 50 and over NHL fan. Although the central plot involves A love affair between a young Hockey star and a hippie rock singer, the real stars are the dozens of clips of Toronto Maple Leaf games at the old Maple Leaf Gardens and at various other arenas such as the old LA Forum and the Spectrum in Phila. This was filmed before the influx of European stars into the NHL , in the days when every Kid in Canada dreamed of playing in the NHL. You see clips of past greats like Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Jaques Plante, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and many others. It's a era long gone that only us "old time hockey fans" can appreciate.


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