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Abuse of Trust (1999)

The Sheldon Kennedy Story (original title)
Alberta (Canada) rural farm-boy Sheldon Kennedy feels abused by dad when punished for poor performances compared to big brother Troy. Being recruited for professional ice-hockey at age 14 ... See full summary »

Director:

Norma Bailey

Writers:

Suzette Couture, Carol Hay (story editor)
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Scarfe ... Sheldon Kennedy
Polly Shannon ... Jana
Robert Wisden ... Graham James
Noel Fisher ... Young Sheldon Kennedy
Brent Stait ... Mel Kennedy
Lynda Boyd ... Shirley Kennedy
Justin Stillwell ... Troy Kennedy
Edanna Andrews Edanna Andrews ... Sherry Kennedy
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ... Verlin Sawchuk
David Chapman David Chapman ... Don Smythe
Paul Coeur Paul Coeur ... Bill Dutton
Paul Dunphy Paul Dunphy ... Ron Kirby
Ty Olsson ... Mark
Darren Lucas Darren Lucas ... Brad
Rob Daprocida ... Darryl
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Alberta (Canada) rural farm-boy Sheldon Kennedy feels abused by dad when punished for poor performances compared to big brother Troy. Being recruited for professional ice-hockey at age 14 seems an ideal way out, straight to a party animal's good life. Yet after a Vegas marriage with Jana and hearing she's pregnant, Sheldon breaks down and tells her what's been eating at him for years: coach Graham James, who arranged for him to be transferred each time James was, sexually abused Sheldon, who fears to be laughed away as a queer and lose his only career avenue if he goes public. Written by KGF Vissers

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An excellent and heart-warming story that everyone needs to hear
7 September 2001 | by forest_gurlSee all my reviews

When I first found out that this was a story revolving around another hockey player from Canada, I thought it was just another hockey story. Then I was sitting at home one night with nothing else to do, and CTV was re-airing it, so I decided to sit down and watch. And how I was blown away.

I'm not one for that much hockey (sure I'll watch the play offs and everything like a typical Canadian) but this story just sucked me right into Sheldon Kennedy's conflict. It really isn't about the hockey, but that of a young boy who was abused by his hockey coach for numerous years. After a spur of the moment marriage, he comes out about his secret to his wife, and he must then try to control his anger and grief about what happened to him as a boy. The story continues on, and you will be swept away by the magnitude of Kennedy's message and story. One of the best mage-for-tv movies I've ever seen.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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