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Glory Days (1976)

Goldenrod (original title)
A champion rodeo rider receives crippling injuries in the ring, resulting in the ending of his career. When his wife deserts him, he's left with the responsibility of raising two young sons... See full summary »

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Herbert Harker (based on the novel by), Lionel Chetwynd (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Lo Bianco ... Jesse Gifford (as Tony Lobianco)
Donald Pleasence ... John Tyler Jones
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ... Shirley Ashbee Gifford
Will Darrow McMillan Will Darrow McMillan ... Ethan Gifford
Donnelly Rhodes ... Keno McLaughlin
Andrew Ian McMillan Andrew Ian McMillan ... George Gifford (as Andrew MacMillan)
Patricia Hamilton ... Mrs. Gunderson
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Mountie
Patrick Sinclair Patrick Sinclair ... Mr. Gunderson
Ed McNamara Ed McNamara ... Johnson
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A champion rodeo rider receives crippling injuries in the ring, resulting in the ending of his career. When his wife deserts him, he's left with the responsibility of raising two young sons with no job and no prospects. Written by Anonymous

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rodeo | farm | 1950s | beer | cigar smoking | See All (8) »

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To the crowd he was champ -- to his family a quitter. Until he remembered...


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glory Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Budget:

CAD1,050,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cult Classic Potential !!!
19 July 2019 | by uptownmusicSee all my reviews

This low budget Canadian film was carried by stars Tony lo Bianco and Donald Pleasance in roles that sharply contrast the many roles undertaken over the course of their careers. I found this particular movie to be very realistic in its portrayal of prairie poverty. The truth about rural living is that not every farm or Farmer is successful and in those days there was a natural tendency for most of the educated children to leave the battered farm for a new life elsewhere while others stayed to make a go of it with what they have....usually a little bit of nothing....and perhaps a chance to make it in the local Rodeo circuit. This movie captures the impact of bad luck and the despair of failure, lost hope and more bad luck on the rural poor. The actors play their roles extremely well and each was able to make an emotional connection to the viewer. It has a "Its a wonderful life after all" ending. I rooted for Tony all the way through the film. I felt his pain. I was in awe of how Donald Pleasance pulled off the realistic portrayal of the older farmer living defiantly in poverty on a beat up farm. Gloria Carlin played the part of Shirley, Tony's wife, who left him when offered a hand up to a better life by a man who had been shadowing her for years. Its a movie that will have you suffering the fate of the characters. You might even cringe from time to time. Yep its that good. No one will fault you if you drop a tear or two. You just have to find the film to watch it.


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