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The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writer:

Keith Ross Leckie (screenplay by)
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9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Crawford Gordon Jr.
Sara Botsford ... Kate O'Hara
Ron White ... Jack Woodman
Aidan Devine ... Jim Chamberlain
Nigel Bennett ... James Floyd
Jonathan Whittaker ... Fred Smye
Ian D. Clark ... Edward Critchley
David Lawrence Brown ... Joe Paloffski (as Dave Brown)
Catherine Fitch Catherine Fitch ... Ruby Paloffski
Robin Gammell ... C.D. Howe
Robert Haley Robert Haley ... John George Diefenbaker
Michael Moriarty ... Dwight D. Eisenhower
Michael Ironside ... C.I.A. Director
Christopher Plummer ... George Hees
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ... June Callwood
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This series tells the story of the world's fastest fighter plane ever built, in 1950's Canada, and how the project was dropped due to political pressure from the United States. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The right stuff. The wrong time.

Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 January 1997 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyorsan, mint a nyíl See more »

Filming Locations:

Gimli, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$7,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To make the Avro Arrow fly they filmed radio controlled models of the Arrow from a helicopter. See more »

Goofs

In the movie the engines were silent when the sound barrier was broken. When one breaks the sound barrier, the engines do not all of a sudden become quiet. The sound can be heard through the aircraft itself. See more »

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Referenced in Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005) See more »

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Very loose historical representation
8 June 2000 | by airodysseySee all my reviews

Many people will disagree with the vision of the filmmakers of "The Arrow" and how they portray the political figures involved, including Diefenbaker and Eisenhower. This movie makes it sound like Diefenbaker was a heavy responsible for this aviation fiasco, while many will agree that is not totally true. Remember that "true story" movies are not always 100% true.

Leaving that behind, I think this was a nice movie, and the real historical sequences inserted were neat. It is visually brilliant and shows it had quite a big budget. And it really makes you feel sorry for the Arrow, wishing it would have really been put in service.


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