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Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story 

A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.
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Series cast summary:
Kristin Booth ...  Irma Douglas 2 episodes, 2006
George Alexander George Alexander ...  Legislative Guard 2 episodes, 2006
Ryland Alexander Ryland Alexander ...  Mike Luschenko 2 episodes, 2006
Kent Allen Kent Allen ...  Speaker of the House 2 episodes, 2006
Wendy Anderson Wendy Anderson ...  KDD Lady #1 2 episodes, 2006
Sharon Bakker Sharon Bakker ...  Anne Douglas 2 episodes, 2006
Graham Bell ...  Mr. Fortier 2 episodes, 2006
Tammy Rae Beltrami Tammy Rae Beltrami ...  Miner Woman 2 episodes, 2006
Robert Benz Robert Benz ...  RCMP officer 2 episodes, 2006
Ian Black Ian Black ...  Tommy Douglas Sr. 2 episodes, 2006
Mackenzie Blaisdell Mackenzie Blaisdell ...  Shirley - Age 10 2 episodes, 2006
Lee Boyes Lee Boyes ...  SGI Agent 2 episodes, 2006
Kathryn Bracht Kathryn Bracht ...  Lloyd's Secretary 2 episodes, 2006
Matt Burgess Matt Burgess ...  Young Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Nicholas Campbell 2 episodes, 2006
Brent Carver Brent Carver ...  Secretary Balsam 2 episodes, 2006
Cavan Cunningham ...  50th Anniversery Announcer 2 episodes, 2006
Derrick Davidson Derrick Davidson ...  William Patterson 2 episodes, 2006
Aidan Devine ...  MJ Coldwell 2 episodes, 2006
Camille Devine Camille Devine ...  Lucille 2 episodes, 2006
Madison Dewalt Madison Dewalt ...  Jessica 2 episodes, 2006
Kim Ehman Kim Ehman ...  Mrs. Fortier 2 episodes, 2006
Kimberly Elek Kimberly Elek ...  Young Church Girl 2 episodes, 2006
Jean Freeman Jean Freeman ...  Tommy's Neighbour 2 episodes, 2006
Brad Grass Brad Grass ...  TV Anchor 2 episodes, 2006
George Grassick George Grassick ...  Manure Dumping Farmer 2 episodes, 2006
Paul Gross ...  John Diefenbaker 2 episodes, 2006
Kelly Handerek Kelly Handerek ...  Gardiner's Aide 2 episodes, 2006
Larry Heisler ...  Cameraman for Press 2 episodes, 2006
Kristina Hughes Kristina Hughes ...  Farm Wife 2 episodes, 2006
Lindsay Ruth Hunt Lindsay Ruth Hunt ...  Eleanor 2 episodes, 2006
Cheryl Jack Cheryl Jack ...  Female Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Shannon Jardine ...  Lally Lawson 2 episodes, 2006
Andy Jones Andy Jones ...  Mackenzie King 2 episodes, 2006
Trenna Keating ...  KOD Lady #2 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel MacDonald Daniel MacDonald ...  War Medical Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Christine MacInnis Christine MacInnis ...  Adult Shirley 2 episodes, 2006
Ian MacLean Ian MacLean ...  Mine Owner 2 episodes, 2006
Brian Markinson ...  Jimmie Gardiner 2 episodes, 2006
Tatiana Maslany ...  Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist 2 episodes, 2006
Amy Matysio ...  BienFait Woman 2 episodes, 2006
Don McKellar ...  Clarence Fines 2 episodes, 2006
Andrea Menard ...  Lead Reporter 2 episodes, 2006
Marion Mills Marion Mills ...  Woman Park Commerical 2 episodes, 2006
Walter Mills Walter Mills ...  JS Woodsworth 2 episodes, 2006
Robert Moloney ...  Woodrow Lloyd 2 episodes, 2006
Kent Nolan Kent Nolan ...  Danny Reeves 2 episodes, 2006
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien ...  Deacon Marks 2 episodes, 2006
Tom O'Hara Tom O'Hara ...  Capitalist 2 episodes, 2006
Shannon Ozimy Shannon Ozimy ...  Screaming Woman 2 episodes, 2006
Jane Redlyon Jane Redlyon ...  Mrs. Babitch 2 episodes, 2006
Rob Roy Rob Roy ...  Moderator Weyburn Arena 2 episodes, 2006
Winston Schroeder Winston Schroeder ...  Unemployed Mike 2 episodes, 2006
Troy Skog Troy Skog ...  Means Inspector / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Ruth Smilie Ruth Smilie ...  KOD Lady #3 2 episodes, 2006
Michael Therriault ...  Tommy Douglas 2 episodes, 2006
R.H. Thomson ...  Dr. Moulds 2 episodes, 2006
Ian Tracey ...  Charlie Lawson 2 episodes, 2006
Les Vandor Les Vandor ...  MP 2 episodes, 2006
Matthew Walker ...  Banker McCarthy 2 episodes, 2006
Henry Woolf ...  Jack Corman 2 episodes, 2006
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Storyline

In 1930s Saskatchewan, a small town parish has a new young new pastor, Tommy Douglas. However, for all his regular duties, which include boxing lessons, Tommy sees the poverty and injustice around him which seem beyond his power to address with the pulpit. With that in mind, Douglas enters politics with the socialist Canadian Commonwealth Federation and starts a career where his steadfast idealism runs headlong into the powerful opposition of the rich and the powerful. Despite the long odds, Douglas' new calling would soon make him a leader that would transform Canada and have him hailed as the greatest Canadian of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

CBC [Canada] | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigante da Planície: A História de Tommy Douglas See more »

Filming Locations:

Claybanks, Saskatchewan, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Minds Eye Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The wolf from Paul Gross's series Due South, Diefenbaker, was named after John G. Diefenbaker, who was Canada's 13th Prime Minister, which is the role played here by Gross. See more »

Goofs

In Tommy Douglas's first election campaign in the 1930s, he is shown using his famous Mouseland speech. In reality, that speech was first given in 1961. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Douglas: My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea.
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Connections

Referenced in Corner Gas: Bend It Like Brent (2008) See more »

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The CBC needs to do more of these
13 March 2006 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Very interesting movie in 2-parts about Tommy Douglas. He's the father of medicare in Canada, but so much more. This mini-series (4 hours total) tells the story of a great Canadian. In fact, he was voted the greatest Canadian by the citizens of this country a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, his work and accomplishments are not well enough known by ordinary Canadians. That's why this mini-series is so important. It helps that Michael Therriault is doing a terrific job as T.C. Douglas. It helps also that the supporting cast is great. And the use of archives adds on to the story. Too bad though that the mini-series focuses almost entirely on the creation of medicare. A longer series was perhaps needed.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on March 12th and 13th, 2006.

81/100 (***)


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