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One Man (1977)

A crusading TV reporter finds his life ripped apart as he investigates a story about a company's deadly criminal negligence.

Director:

Robin Spry

Writers:

Robin Spry (screenplay by), Peter Pearson (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Len Cariou ... Jason Brady
Jayne Eastwood ... Alicia Brady
Carol Lazare Carol Lazare ... Marion Galbraith
Barry Morse ... Colin Angus Campbell
August Schellenberg ... Ernie Carrick
Jean Lapointe ... Ben Legault
Sean Sullivan ... Rodney Porter
Terry Haig Terry Haig ... Dr. Gendron
Marc Legault ... Léo
Danny Freedman Danny Freedman ... First Hood
Gilles Renaud ... Second Hood
Robert V. Girolami Robert V. Girolami ... John - TV Announcer (as Bob Girolami)
Jacques Godin ... Jaworski
Donovan Hare Donovan Hare ... Donovan Brady
Kevin Hare ... Kevin Brady
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Storyline

Jason Brady is a hot crusading Montreal TV reporter who learns of the biggest story of his career. A female social worker shows him the carnage happening to children due to the criminally negligent behaviour of a corporation concerning their handling of a deadly chemical called B.A.P. As he investigates, he finds that not only does he have to face the corporation's underhanded efforts to silence him, but also the turmoil with his own family as he gets so emotionally involved in the story and the social worker that he is alienating his wife. Eventually, events lead to a point that forces him to make sacrifices he could not anticipate. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer allein See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Len Cariou's film debut. See more »

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A narrator recounts a list of specific incidents relating to industrial chemical pollution causing death all over the world. See more »

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an intriguing ecological thriller
5 May 2004 | by Cru3See all my reviews

Robin Spry's ONE MAN predates several other films made about the effects of factories poisoning the communities that surround them, and it still stands up well as a strong thriller. Len Cariou gives a good performance as a headstrong TV news journalist whose investigating of mob warfare in Montreal brings him to a local hospital one day. It is there he meets a young social worker (Carole Lazare) who points him in the direction of a potent story nobody seems to care about: the alarming child mortality rate in a community surrounding a large factory. The company that owns the factory denies any level of responsibility, but as the investigation deepens lives become seriously jeopardized. The film's resolution was not one that I had predicted, and is more in line with a 70's sense of pessimism.

ONE MAN was produced by the National Film Board of Canada (and it is available on VHS through them), and benefits both from an intelligent script and sharp direction by Spry. Cariou's character evolves in different ways during the course of the film; he's a flawed hero who is guilty of bad judgement and moral mistakes, but ultimately seeks redemption in the truth. There is also a pleasing performance by Jayne Eastwood as his increasingly bitter wife, and some interesting work by veteran actor Barry Morse as the head of the factory.


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