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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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Beau Bridges ...  Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe 2 episodes
Roy Dupuis ...  Oliva Dionne 2 episodes
Céline Bonnier ...  Elzire Dionne 2 episodes
Sean McCann Sean McCann ...  Premier Mitch Hepburn 2 episodes
Monique Spaziani 2 episodes
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas 2 episodes
Ginette Reno ...  Madame Legros 2 episodes
Domini Blythe Domini Blythe ...  Nurse Lena de Keyzer 2 episodes
Kate Nelligan ...  Helena Reid 2 episodes
Tod Fennell ...  Ernest Dionne, 7 yrs. 2 episodes
Tiah-Rosine Coxon Tiah-Rosine Coxon ...  Rose Dionne, 6 yrs. 2 episodes
Martin Drainville ...  Clovis Dionne 2 episodes
Julia Garland Julia Garland ...  Therese Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Sébastien Duguay Sébastien Duguay ...  Daniel Dionne, 3 yrs. 2 episodes
Renée Girard Renée Girard ...  Madame Lebel 2 episodes
Joan Ornstein Joan Ornstein ...  Mrs. Henderson 2 episodes
Marcel Sabourin ...  Father Nadeau 2 episodes
Mark Wilson ...  Melvin Kates 2 episodes
Pierre Curzi ...  Alphonse Fortier 2 episodes
Pierre LeBlanc Pierre LeBlanc ...  Gerry the photographer 2 episodes
Richard Jutras ...  Nelson 2 episodes
Leni Parker Leni Parker ...  Dixie 2 episodes
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ...  Leslie Bennett 2 episodes
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ...  Spear 2 episodes
Richard M Dumont ...  Pocetta 2 episodes
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ...  William Randolph Hearst 2 episodes
Cynthia Belliveau ...  Sally Rand 2 episodes
Reg Dreger Reg Dreger ...  Kurt Dietrich 2 episodes
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ...  Movie Director 2 episodes
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ...  Nurse Enid MacPhail 2 episodes
Rémy Girard ...  Martin Poulin 2 episodes
Samantha Gilliland Samantha Gilliland ...  Emilie Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Erin Morris-Vanasse Erin Morris-Vanasse ...  Annette Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Emily Gilliland Emily Gilliland ...  Marie Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Brooke Gilliland Brooke Gilliland ...  Yvonne Dionne - 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Grace Morris-Vanasse Grace Morris-Vanasse ...  Cecile Dionne, 5 yrs. 2 episodes
Bonnie Morris-Vanasse Bonnie Morris-Vanasse ...  Cecile Dionne - 5 yrs. 2 episodes
David Francis David Francis ...  Dr. J.C. Burroughs 2 episodes
James Hayes Liboiron James Hayes Liboiron ...  Ernest Dionne, 12 yrs. 2 episodes
Ilana Besner Ilana Besner ...  Rose Dionne, 11 yrs. 2 episodes
Maggie Castle ...  Therese Dionne, 10 yrs. 2 episodes
Simone-Élise Girard ...  Nurse Louise 2 episodes
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...  Nurse Evie 2 episodes
Philip Spensley Philip Spensley ...  Cosgrove 2 episodes
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ...  Huxtable 2 episodes
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ...  Poppa Dionne 2 episodes
Jack Eyamie Jack Eyamie ...  Master of Ceremonies 2 episodes
Charles Edwin Powell ...  George Sinclaire 2 episodes
Cedric Smith ...  Lowell Thomas 2 episodes
Sean Hewitt ...  Dr. Alfred Adler 2 episodes
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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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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

20 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco Gémeas Que Valem Milhões See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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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