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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's ... See full summary »

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

James Defelice (screenplay), Max Braithwaite (based on the book "Why Shoot The Teacher" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Max Brown
Samantha Eggar ... Alice Field
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Lyle Bishop
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Harris Montgomery
John Friesen ... Dave McDougall
Michael J. Reynolds ... Bert Field
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Inspector Woods
Scott Swan Scott Swan ... Dan Trowbridge
Merrilyn Gann ... Sheila Barnes
Norma West ... Mrs. Bishop
Margery Hill Margery Hill ... Mrs. Montgomery
Joanne McNeal Joanne McNeal ... Mrs. McDougall
George Gwin George Gwin ... Dance Caller
Doug Blake Doug Blake ... Percy Garfield
Alan Stebbings Alan Stebbings ... Lester Sinclair
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In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's distant, superior, lonely, and bewildered; his students are rebellious. Over the course of the year, he is drawn to Alice Field, the wife of a farmer, in a love that can lead nowhere. But, he and his students connect, a connection that matters and lasts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1935 wasn't all his fault

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man schießt nicht auf den Lehrer See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanna, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 810,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 1935. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Wood: This should be an easy one. What is the capital of Canada?
Inspector Wood: [pointing to a student in the classroom] Yes, boy.
Charlie Mc Dougall: [standing to attention] The capital of Canada is C.
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About Max Brown who tries to survive as a school teacher in the prairies facing mean students and bad living conditions
19 October 2005 | by jana_srSee all my reviews

this movie is about a young man, Max Brown who goes to a farming town to teach. I believe this movie does portray the prairies and the people in the 1920s and 1930s because it shows the life of a person (Max Brown) and others who try to make a living during the Great Depression. It shows the climate and weather conditions of the prairies, and how farmers struggled to harvest corp during those climates, and survive on scarce amount of food, water, etc. Max Brown lives through poor living conditions and a poor salary, just like most other Canadians would have done to support themselves or their family. he works like this so he can pay back the money his brother had given him. He talks about his friend who tried to go to Vancouver to find a job but he didn't make it, and also other people who ride the rails. this movie shows that many people did not except charity in anyway because it was shameful to receive any type of relief. the movie also shows how socialism was confronted by Canadians back then. Therefore from all the points above and many others you can conclude that the movie portrays Canada during the Great Depression.


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