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Million Dollar Babies 

The true story that shocked 1930's Canada. When a poor rural Ontario family gives birth to quintuplet, the town doctor doesn't waste a second and takes over the family. He helps to take ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Beau Bridges ...  Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe 2 episodes, 1994
Roy Dupuis ...  Oliva Dionne 2 episodes, 1994
Céline Bonnier ...  Elzire Dionne 2 episodes, 1994
Sean McCann Sean McCann ...  Premier Mitch Hepburn 2 episodes, 1994
Monique Spaziani 2 episodes, 1994
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas 2 episodes, 1994
Ginette Reno ...  Madame Legros 2 episodes, 1994
Domini Blythe ...  Nurse Lena de Keyzer 2 episodes, 1994
Kate Nelligan ...  Helena Reid 2 episodes, 1994
Tod Fennell ...  Ernest Dionne, 7 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Tiah-Rosine Coxon Tiah-Rosine Coxon ...  Rose Dionne, 6 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Martin Drainville ...  Clovis Dionne 2 episodes, 1994
Julia Garland Julia Garland ...  Therese Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Sébastien Duguay Sébastien Duguay ...  Daniel Dionne, 3 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Renée Girard Renée Girard ...  Madame Lebel 2 episodes, 1994
Joan Ornstein Joan Ornstein ...  Mrs. Henderson 2 episodes, 1994
Marcel Sabourin ...  Father Nadeau 2 episodes, 1994
Mark Wilson ...  Melvin Kates 2 episodes, 1994
Pierre Curzi ...  Alphonse Fortier 2 episodes, 1994
Pierre LeBlanc Pierre LeBlanc ...  Gerry the photographer 2 episodes, 1994
Richard Jutras ...  Nelson 2 episodes, 1994
Leni Parker Leni Parker ...  Dixie 2 episodes, 1994
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ...  Leslie Bennett 2 episodes, 1994
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ...  Spear 2 episodes, 1994
Richard M Dumont ...  Pocetta 2 episodes, 1994
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ...  William Randolph Hearst 2 episodes, 1994
Cynthia Belliveau ...  Sally Rand 2 episodes, 1994
Reg Dreger Reg Dreger ...  Kurt Dietrich 2 episodes, 1994
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ...  Movie Director 2 episodes, 1994
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ...  Nurse Enid MacPhail 2 episodes, 1994
Rémy Girard ...  Martin Poulin 2 episodes, 1994
Samantha Gilliland Samantha Gilliland ...  Emilie Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Erin Morris-Vanasse Erin Morris-Vanasse ...  Annette Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Emily Gilliland Emily Gilliland ...  Marie Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Brooke Gilliland Brooke Gilliland ...  Yvonne Dionne - 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Grace Morris-Vanasse Grace Morris-Vanasse ...  Cecile Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Bonnie Morris-Vanasse Bonnie Morris-Vanasse ...  Cecile Dionne - 5 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
David Francis David Francis ...  Dr. J.C. Burroughs 2 episodes, 1994
James Hayes Liboiron James Hayes Liboiron ...  Ernest Dionne, 12 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Ilana Besner Ilana Besner ...  Rose Dionne, 11 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Maggie Castle ...  Therese Dionne, 10 yrs. 2 episodes, 1994
Simone-Élise Girard ...  Nurse Louise 2 episodes, 1994
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...  Nurse Evie 2 episodes, 1994
Philip Spensley Philip Spensley ...  Cosgrove 2 episodes, 1994
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ...  Huxtable 2 episodes, 1994
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ...  Poppa Dionne 2 episodes, 1994
Jack Eyamie Jack Eyamie ...  Master of Ceremonies 2 episodes, 1994
Charles Edwin Powell ...  George Sinclaire 2 episodes, 1994
Cedric Smith ...  Lowell Thomas 2 episodes, 1994
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The true story that shocked 1930's Canada. When a poor rural Ontario family gives birth to quintuplet, the town doctor doesn't waste a second and takes over the family. He helps to take care of the babies but soon turns the babies into a freak show. Not before long the government gets involved and the babies are a multi-million dollar industry. But how can the uneducated couple regain their babies and their lives? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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20 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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Ontario, Canada

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As there was not a set of female quintuplets that existed at the time of filming, two sets of triplets had to be cast: Grace (Cecile), Bonnie (Cecile), and Erin (Annette) Morris-Vanasse; Samantha (Emilie), Brooke (Yvonne), and Emily (Marie) Gilliland. See more »

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Tragic tale about the exploitation of children by government and big business
11 July 2006 | by phbalancedSee all my reviews

This is an extremely sad movie from beginning to end. It's heartbreaking to see a poor Depression era family raise five children on the farm and then add another five all at once to their roster. Initially, it's a blessing when the family doctor takes over the Dionne quintuplets to ease the burden of looking after the underdeveloped babies with very little medical equipment and staff. But the doctor goes overboard when worldwide attention is given to the infant girls, and this translates into advertising endorsements for which he is handsomely rewarded but the earnings are not shared with either the parents or the quintuplets. Instead, the girls are put on display for the next five years, raising the doctor's profile and career to new highs.

Great performances by real-life couple Roy Dupuis and Celine Bonnier as the parents and also Beau Bridges as the unscrupulous doctor. The official DVD offers some commentary by the surviving quintuplets. Presented in two parts as a three hour mini series, it's lengthy and could have been shortened to a two hour movie. But it's a shocking story and is of interest not only to Canadians but perhaps to anyone who may have some ideas about placing their children into the business of entertainment. Yeah, the money may be good, but being part of the industry at such a young age may also be viewed as being part of a freak show.

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