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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.


George Bloomfield


Roy Moore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Cloutier ... Louis Riel
Roger Blay Roger Blay ... Dumont
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Schultz
James Bradford James Bradford ... Captain Bradshaw
Larry Perkins Larry Perkins ... Evans (as Lee Broker)
Maury Chaykin ... Howard
Normand Chouinard ... Nolin
Captain Constantinidas Captain Constantinidas ... Trooper Captain
Pierre Curzi ... Isidore
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... Armstrong
Brenda Donohue Brenda Donohue ... Mrs. Schultz
Don Francks ... Ouellette
Daniel Gadouas ... Nault
Donald Harron ... Donald Smith
Fern Henry Fern Henry ... Marguerite Riel


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."


Biography | Drama | War


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Release Date:

15 April 1979 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis Riel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD 2,700,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Shatner filmed his cameo during a break in shooting Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). See more »

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Not accurate at all.
1 May 2005 | by drmilo-1See all my reviews

OK this might be entertaining but it is not a very accurate portrayal of the life of Riel at all There is no evidence that Riel went to Ottawa, let alone signed in at the parliament buildings. Riel hardly knew Gabriel Dumont during the time of the first Rebellion, they are only known to have met once before the second rebellion. The film omits any mention of Riel's treachery such as when he convinced a number of illiterate settlers to follow him by "predicting" a solar eclipse. The reason that he knew there would be an eclipse is he read it in the paper! As has been mentioned before Riel's appearance is not very accurate. This was an ambitious effort by the CBC to create an epic Canadian mini series similar to the US series "Centennial". It succeeds in my opinion in being entertaining with pretty good production values and aside from Riel's life itself is quite good at portraying the history and the characters in it. However as Riel is the main character and is portrayed so inaccurately I can't give it more than a 5.

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Well you live and learn. I have since discovered that Riel did sign into parliament after all. I still cannot upgrade my rating for this series because the overall portrayal of Riel is still very inaccurate.

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