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Silence of the North (1981)

PG | | Drama | 23 October 1981 (Canada)
Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan King (as Allan Winton King)

Writers:

Olive Frederickson (based on the book written by: "The Silence of the North"), Ben East (based on the book written by: "The Silence of the North") | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Olive Frederickson
Tom Skerritt ... Walter Reamer
Gordon Pinsent ... John Frederickson
Jennifer McKinney ... Little Olive Reamer
Donna Dobrijevic Donna Dobrijevic ... Vala Reamer
Jeff Banks Jeff Banks ... Lewis Reamer
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Arthur Herriott
David Fox ... Lea Goodwin
Richard W. Farrell Richard W. Farrell ... John Goodwin (as Richard Farrell)
Larry Reynolds ... The Auctioneer
Frank C. Turner ... Young Man (as Frank Turner)
Ute Blunck Ute Blunck ... Young Woman
Thomas Hauff ... Billy
Freddie Lang Freddie Lang ... Fiddler
Dennis Robinson Dennis Robinson ... Nels
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Storyline

Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in northern Alberta Canada from the early 1900's through to the Depression. Written by markyoloup

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Taglines:

A Great Adventure and a Great Love Story set against the Canadian Northwest. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

After being in development hell for a time during the mid-to-late 1970s, the Universal Pictures studio green-light the movie for a 1979 film shoot and principal photography production start. See more »

Soundtracks

Comes a Time
Music & Lyrics by Neil Young
Performed by Lacy J. Dalton
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A heart-warming story the whole family can enjoy.
29 June 2003 | by smurgletSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming true story about Olive Frederickson. I was very impressed with the strength and independence of the main character, Olive, as shown in Ellen Burstyn's portrayal of her. Equally impressive is Gordon Pinsent's ability to capture the simplicity and good nature of John Frederickson. This is truly a story the entire family can enjoy.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the North See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$344,837, 25 October 1981

Gross USA:

$1,622,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,622,898
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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