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
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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 »
When Jack Woodman and Air Marshall Curtis are informed by a cabinet minister that the United States will protect Canada until the Bomarc Missles are operational, Woodman stands up and states that Canada should just sit back and become the "49th state", even though you can see he says, "50th state." See more »
The Special DVD Edition cuts the opening credits of the second half of the mini-series, as well as the scene where sputnik flys across space. See more »
Having seen the mini-series when it initially aired and seen again since, I think that what "The Arrow" tries to do (and accomplishes pretty well, I'd say) is to do what few Canadian films do: that is, it tries to introduce a little bit of mythology into a Canadian story. Certainly, as far as Canadian events go, the story of the Arrow is one that still resonates in the Canadian psyche as an opportunity thrown away by the politicians of the day. Having the Arrow fly off to parts unknown at the end plays into that wish to be able to correct the mistakes of the past.
That said, it was an enjoyable mini-series and didn't play any faster or more loosely with the facts than most of what passes for "historical" narrative. The casting was well-done and it did a good job showing the social impact of the Arrow project
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