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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)

Based on the Book: Written by Walter Gretzky recounting his recovery from a stroke which left him without any memory of his son Wayne.


Dean Bennett


Walter Gretzky (book), Carol Hay
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McCamus ... Walter 'Wally' Gretzky
Victoria Snow ... Phyllis Gretzky
Tara Spencer-Nairn ... Kim Gretzky
Matthew Edison ... Ian Kohler
Kris Holden-Ried ... Wayne Gretzky (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Robert Bockstael ... Butch
David Lawrence Brown ... Eddie Ramer (as Dave Brown)
Shaun Johnston ... Rob Coyne
Mark Krysko ... Keith Gretzky
Darren Bachynski Darren Bachynski ... Glen Gretzky
Carey Feehan ... Brent Gretzky
Gill Hawkins Gill Hawkins ... Young Wayne Gretzky
Jessica Renman Jessica Renman ... Kim Gretzky at 10
Lessia Petriv Lessia Petriv ... Mary Gretzky
Brian Paul ... Dr. DeVilliers


Based on the Book: Written by Walter Gretzky recounting his recovery from a stroke which left him without any memory of his son Wayne.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements






Release Date:

6 November 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La longue absence See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Did You Know?


Based on the book "On Family, Hockey and Healing" by Walter Gretzky See more »


Features Hockey Night in Canada (1952) See more »


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Written by Sarah McLachlan, Seamus Egan, and Dave Merenda
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
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Being an extra was a memorable experience
27 November 2018 | by maldotcomSee all my reviews

This movie makes you feel proud to be Canadian and to get a snapshot of the amazing contributions that the legendary Gretzskys made to the greatest sport there ever was.

Though having a small background role, meeting some of the great people at Bill Hunter arena in Edmonton - allowed me that much greater appreciation of the persistent hard work that goes into such a quality film production.

It brought back memories of the day I attended Wayne's farewell ceremony in Edmonton at city hall, years prior.

Walter and Wayne gave straight from their hearts along with their passion for hockey.

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