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Riel (1979)

A film about the actions of the Metis rebel leader who opposed the Canadian government in two seperate rebellions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louis Riel
Roger Blay ...
Dumont
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Dr. Schultz
James Bradford ...
Captain Bradshaw
Larry Perkins ...
Evans (as Lee Broker)
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Howard
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Nolin
Captain Constantinidas ...
Trooper Captain
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Isidore
Neil Dainard ...
Armstrong
Brenda Donohue ...
Mrs. Schultz
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Ouellette
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Nault
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Donald Smith
Fern Henry ...
Marguerite Riel
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Storyline

This film recounts the events involving the Metis rebel leader Louis Riel and his battles against the Canadian Federal Government when they threatened his people. The first was a successful rebellion in 1873 which created the Province of Manitoba and a later more violent and unsuccessful one in Saskatchewan in 1885 which led to his capture, trial and eventual execution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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For a short time in history one man stood alone."

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Biography | Drama | War

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15 April 1979 (Canada)  »

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Louis Riel  »

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CAD 2,700,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Christopher Plummer played John A. Macdonald, the Prime Minister of Canada from 1867 to 1873 and again from 1878 until his death in 1891. He was succeeded as Prime Minister by Plummer's great-grandfather John Abbott. See more »

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This is a fascinating movie.
17 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie when it first came out in 1979. Currently, I am waiting to rent it from the library. I am in the process of researching and writing about Louis Riel as a personal writing project. The life story of this man has always interested me. I grew up in St. Boniface, Manitoba, where Riel was born and raised. I remember visiting his grave in the grounds of St. Boniface Basilica as a small girl.

The makers of this movie take certain poetic license in the making of the movie. However, this does not in any way detract from the overall sweep of events in examining and analyzing the life of Louis Riel. It is a good two hours of engrossing entertainment in depicting an important period of Canadian history.

Like one of the other posters, I feel they could have found an actor who looked more like the real Louis Riel. At the very least, Raymond Cloutier should have had a moustache and beard like the real Louis had.

Apart from that, though, I really enjoyed this movie and am looking forward to seeing it again.


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