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Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels ... See full summary »

Director:

Robin Phillips

Writers:

Timothy Findley (novel), Timothy Findley
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Robert Ross
Martha Henry Martha Henry ... Mrs. Ross
William Hutt William Hutt ... Mr. Ross
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Rowena Ross
Jackie Burroughs ... Miss Davenport
Jean LeClerc ... Capt. Taffler
Domini Blythe Domini Blythe ... Lady Barbara D'Orsey
Alan Scarfe ... Capt. Leather
Margaret Tyzack ... Lady Emmeline
Barbara Budd Barbara Budd ... Nurse Turner
Susan Wright Susan Wright ... Ella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Austin Richard Austin ... Michael
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Charles
Paul Batten Paul Batten ... Poole
Rod Beattie Rod Beattie ... Levitt
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Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels compassion for his weak and conventional father. He avoids any confrontation with his mother, a dominating woman whose despondency at having given birth to a handicapped child has turned to bitterness. Rowena occupies a central position in Robert's existence of daydreams and make-believe. When she dies, Robert clashes openly with his family, and decides to take himself in hand. It's 1914. He enrolls in the Canadian army, and, after training in Alberta and Montreal, he finds himself in England and France. The war becomes another way for him to resolve his conflicts, his dramas, his passions--his wars. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Canada | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1983 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD 4,100,000 (estimated)
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Color
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In a January 1984 interview with Cinema Canada magazine, National Film Board executive producer Robert Verrall said: "There were some technical problems with the production sound, a lot of revoicing had to be done, 80% of it in fact had to be revoiced, but I think too much has been made of that as a problem and I defy even professionals to detect what was revoiced and what was not". See more »

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Beware of the TV-edited version
7 December 1999 | by Dr BobSee all my reviews

"The Wars" has been shown on television in a heavily edited format which renders the storyline incomprehensible in parts. Try to see the full screen version, if possible.

This film was made shortly after director Robin Phillips resigned from Canada's Stratford Festival, and therefore many of the movie's cast members had recently appeared in Stratford productions. Also ... it's interesting to note that Glenn Gould himself is playing the organ in church scenes.


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