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


Don McBrearty


Keith Ross Leckie (screenplay by)

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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 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






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 »


Box Office


$7,800,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Arrow was originally pitched as a major movie to Hollywood, but no American studio would touch the project, thus it being re-invented as a big budget TV movie. 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 »


Featured in The Legend of the Arrow (1997) See more »

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A real feel good Canadian movie.
2 October 1998 | by Cassius-4See all my reviews

The Arrow is a very dramatized version of the happenings around the Avro project.

The Arrow is a real feel good movie for us Canadians. Though Dan Aykroyd has had better days, it's important that he was included in the Canadian cast, bringing a familiar face to a long forgotten subject.

Just recently an original Avro Arrow model airplane was found in Lake Ontario.

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