A movie producer in 1920s Hollywood tries to track down an elusive Western star for his next picture.




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Series cast summary:
Alden Adair ...  Prison Guard 2 episodes, 2008
Ryland Alexander ...  Deshane 2 episodes, 2008
Kent Allen Kent Allen ...  John Evans 2 episodes, 2008
Tim Allen Tim Allen ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 2008
Robert Benz Robert Benz ...  Captain 2 episodes, 2008
Ian Brodland Ian Brodland ...  Cowboy 2 episodes, 2008
Nicholas Campbell ...  Shorty McAdoo 2 episodes, 2008
Tantoo Cardinal ...  Little Soldier's Wife 2 episodes, 2008
Cavan Cunningham ...  Southern Gentleman 2 episodes, 2008
Daryn DeWalt Daryn DeWalt ...  Warden 2 episodes, 2008
Adrien Dorval ...  Fitz 2 episodes, 2008
Lorne Duquette Lorne Duquette ...  First Shoot 2 episodes, 2008
Ted Dykstra ...  Hank 2 episodes, 2008
Michael Eisner Michael Eisner ...  The Englishman's Boy 2 episodes, 2008
Mike Ennis ...  Assistant Director 2 episodes, 2008
Rémy Girard ...  Hotel Owner 2 episodes, 2008
Don Gillespie Don Gillespie ...  John Duval 2 episodes, 2008
Bill Hall Bill Hall ...  John Bell 2 episodes, 2008
Larry Heisler ...  Cowboy in Saloon 2 episodes, 2008
Bob Hoskins ...  Damon Ira Chance 2 episodes, 2008
Katharine Isabelle ...  Norma Carlyle 2 episodes, 2008
Shannon Jardine ...  Mrs. Farwell 2 episodes, 2008
Dan Lett ...  Able Farwell 2 episodes, 2008
Preston LeCaine Preston LeCaine ...  Blackfoot Indian 2 episodes, 2008
Michael Linklater Michael Linklater ...  Blackfoot Indian 2 episodes, 2008
Craig March ...  George Hammond 2 episodes, 2008
Amy Matysio ...  Beautiful Young Woman 2 episodes, 2008
Sera-Lys McArthur ...  Young Assiniboine Girl 2 episodes, 2008
Don McKellar ...  Coster 2 episodes, 2008
David McNally David McNally ...  Philander Vogle 2 episodes, 2008
Stephen Park ...  Scotty McDougall 2 episodes, 2008
Chris Ratz ...  Wylie 2 episodes, 2008
Dylan Smith ...  Ed Grace 2 episodes, 2008
Michael Therriault ...  Harry Vincent 2 episodes, 2008
R.H. Thomson ...  Tom Hardwick 2 episodes, 2008
Tyrone Tootoosis Tyrone Tootoosis ...  Little Soldier 2 episodes, 2008
Guy Vanderhaeghe Guy Vanderhaeghe ...  Bartender 2 episodes, 2008
Rob van Meenen Rob van Meenen ...  Character 'Cowboy Extra' 2 episodes, 2008
Sierra Walking Bear Sierra Walking Bear ...  Blackfoot Indian 2 episodes, 2008
Melissa Worme Melissa Worme ...  Indian girl- besieged 2 episodes, 2008
Jonathon Young ...  John Dawe 2 episodes, 2008
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A movie producer in 1920s Hollywood tries to track down an elusive Western star for his next picture.

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De-glamourizing Hollywood's Wild West.
9 March 2008 | by ram-30See all my reviews

How fitting that Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel about Hollywood's misguided love affair with Cowboys and Indians has finally made it to the screen, even if it is the small screen. The two part TV movie has many great strengths. One strength is its glimpse into Tinseltown's treatment of First Nations people. The Louis B. Mayerish producer (played by Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins) is determined to have his way to show a realistic Cowboy movie. When an underling suggests rounding up some Mexicans to play the Indians (which was what happened in those days), Mr. Chance insists they get real "Indians". This is a huge irony as the movie mogul is not concerned with the real truth. He wants Tom Hardwick to be the hero in his film, when in fact the real Mr. Hardwick is shown, through Shorty McAdoo's flashbacks, to be the villain in the actual story. The real hero is Shorty McAdoo, a wrangler and stunt man who is already upset with the movie mogul after a young co-worker is seriously injured by Mr. Chance's hazardous practices. He is the one who's life history is the background for Mr. Chance's Western called "The Besieged". Another of the film's strengths is the casting. Besides Bob Hoskins, we have ubiquitous Canadian TV man R.H. Thompson. Thompson, who usually plays the Canadian hero, plays the villain here. The hero is played with unusual restraint by Nicholas Campbell, who will be a familiar face to many viewers. Harry Vincent, the man who tries to convince the movie mogul to tell the real story, is played by Michael Therriault. Therriault is a relative newcomer to the screen although he has previously starred as Tommy Douglas in the last great Canadian prairie TVM. Anyone keen on Prairie history will appreciate a film that depicts the Cypress Hills massacre. Unfortunately, great First Nations performers like Tyrone Tootoosis (BIG BEAR) and Tantoo Cardinal (DANCES WITH WOLVES) do not have much to work with here. One other great strength of this movie is the parallels made between Shorty's witness to the insensitivity of his cowboy boss Mr. Hardwick during the 1870s scenes and the insensitivity of the movie boss Mr. Chance in the 1920s. The drama weaves effortlessly in and out from flashback to present history (in this case, the Silent Film era) . Some may dismiss this film as an attempt to cash in on the recent popularity of Westerns like 3:10 TO YUMA on the big screen and successful small screen efforts like Spielberg's "Into the West" and AMC's "Broken Trail". Truthfully, the novel was written a decade ago and was in the works for years. I just call it good timing... and good entertainment.

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2 March 2008 (Canada) See more »

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A táncoló cowboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Saskatchewan, Canada


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CAD9,800,000 (estimated)
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