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The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar (1969)

A poor bush worker refuses to sacrifice his dignity to provide his family with a better life.

Director:

Peter Pearson

Writer:

Joan Finnigan (original screen play) (as Joan Finnegan)
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Emery
Kate Reid ... Glad
Margot Kidder ... Rosie
William Thourlby William Thourlby ... Adam (as Bill Thourlby)
Paisley Maxwell Paisley Maxwell ... Miss Angelus
Sandy Webster Sandy Webster ... Doctor
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... Interne (as John Granik)
Liza Creighton Liza Creighton ... Spread
Paddy Moran ... Carson
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Storyline

Emery Prometer is an itinerant bush worker living in a logging community in a rural area of the Ottawa Valley. He doesn't make enough money to support his large family but he is too proud to except government handouts and thus his family must endure the hardships. Despite the isolation and deprivation, his family has nothing but compassion for his tough self-reliance and hard-drinking lifestyle. Eventually his oldest daughter Rosie decides she must break the cycle of poverty by leaving home, getting an education and then a job for a better future. Written by pr1mal_1

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1969 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der beste Tanzbodengeiger von Calabogie bis Kaladar See more »

Filming Locations:

Renfrew, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film of Margot Kidder. See more »

Quotes

Emery: [yelling] Emery Prometer, the best damn busher from Calabogie to Kaladar!
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Harold In Italy
by Hector Berlioz (as Berlioz)
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Compelling drama about rural poverty and coming of age
20 April 2003 | by snaguySee all my reviews

This was Margot Kidder's first film, and though I saw over 30 years ago I still remember it quite well for the fine performances, solid directing, and the compelling story of poverty and coming of age in rural Ontario in the 60s. Worth watching if you, by some miracle, ever run across a copy of it. Also look for Kate Reid and Chris Wiggins in career-shaping roles. Won a GENIE (Canadian Oscar) for Best Film in 1969.


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