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Malarek (1988)

Based on Victor Malarek's best-selling autobiography, this is the true story of a streetwise kid who emerges from a violent and unjust background to become one of journalism's top reporters.

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Roger Cardinal

Writers:

Avrum Jacobson, Victor Malarek (autobiography)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elias Koteas ... Victor Malarek
Kerrie Keane ... Claire
Al Waxman ... Stern
Daniel Pilon ... Max Middleton
Kahil Karn Kahil Karn ... Gray
Claire Rodger Claire Rodger ... Mom
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... Father
Vittorio Rossi Vittorio Rossi ... Marroni
Michael Sarrazin ... Moorcraft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Elena
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... Claire's secretary
Alex Brown Alex Brown ... Fred--Age 12
Raymond Bélisle Raymond Bélisle ... Marie Archambault's father
Claudia Cardinal Claudia Cardinal ... Girl at dance
Joe Cazalet Joe Cazalet ... Roch
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Based on Victor Malarek's best-selling autobiography, this is the extraordinary true story of a streetwise kid who emerges from a violent and unjust background to become a top journalistic reporter. The gunning down of an unarmed juvenile by a trigger happy cop leads the young reporter, Victor Malarek, into an investigation of the local detention center and its record of suspicious deaths. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Biography

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Malarek: A Street Kid Who Made It See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Film debut for actor Kahil Karn. See more »

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13 July 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Based on true events, this Canadian movie chronicles a novice newspaper journalist's attempts to expose covered-up abuse at a juvenile detention centre in the early 1970s. As the movie progresses, we gradually find out that he survived an institution himself, which explains why he is so passionate about the case, and a young Elias Koteas is electrifying in the lead role. The structure of the movie leaves a little to be desired though with frequent flashbacks to his childhood/adolescence breaking the tension of the present day action. Some of the flashbacks are memorable (especially what one warden does when he complains about soiled bed sheets) but most just show familiar scenes of drunken fathers, crying mothers and so forth. The other major setback here is a maudlin music score that renders the denouement too sentimental for its own good. When focused on Koteas hitting brick walls and pleading with his sources to go on the record though, the film hits the right notes. The supporting cast come to task very well in this regard with Michael Sarrazin nicely bringing to mind Michael Keaton in 'Spotlight' as the newspaper's chief editor. Koteas though is the biggest attraction here, adding a welcome balance of humour to his often angry character; "they were at the end of his arms" he exclaims when asked where a juvenile delinquent's hands were during shooting.


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