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The Arrow 

The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.
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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 ...  John George Diefenbaker
Michael Moriarty ...  Dwight D. Eisenhower
Michael Ironside ...  C.I.A. Director
Christopher Plummer ...  George Hees
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ...  June Callwood


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.


Drama | History


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Most of the photographs used in the mini-series were original photographs taken in the 1950s (such as the famous photographs of the destruction of the five complete Arrows). See more »


Jim Chamberlain is depicted, in 1957, as having discovered the area-rule or "coke-bottle" shape for reducing compressibility during trans-sonic flight. The concept was in fact discovered by Richard Whitcomb at the Langely Research Center for which he received the 1954 Collier Award. The technical details were made public in 1955 and the F-102, F-104 and F-105 were already in service with this design. The wind-tunnel at Langely was able to allow Mach 2 testing of the Arrow because it too was using an area rule cross-section. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Avro Arrow Heritage Minute shows a scene where Crawford Gordon was ranting to the Avro team, this scene is not present in the mini-series. See more »


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

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Worth searching for ...
19 April 2002 | by agp2176See all my reviews

It's a shame that most people in the USA aren't aware of this great film, or this chapter of history, as this TV mini-series produced by the CBC (like most Canadian programming) never made it to our screens. Seeing Dan Aykroyd in this dramatic role shows how good an actor he really is, and that is more than his Saturday Night Live persona.

The DVD is chock-a-block with the 3 hour film, the documentaries 'There Never was an Arrow', 'The Legend of the Arrow', 'The Plane Truth', a Dan Aykroyd interview, photo and magazine gallery, and the pilot training manual!

My advise to other Americans: search for this gem and buy it!

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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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$7,800,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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