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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012)

Stephen Leacock recounts his growing up period in the small town of Mariposa, Ontario, located on the shores of Lake Wissanotti with its notoriously leaky holiday steamer. It is a town ... See full summary »

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writers:

Stephen Leacock (book), Malcolm MacRury
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Hennessy ... Agnes Leacock
Donal Logue ... Josh Smith
Gordon Pinsent ... Elder Stephen Leacock
Owen Best Owen Best ... Young Stephen Leacock
Katie Douglas ... Rose Leacock
Skyler Wexler ... Carrie Leacock (as Skyler Melody Wexler)
Dylan Everett ... Charlie Leacock (as Dylan Philip Everett)
Patrick McKenna ... Uncle EP Leacock
Rick Roberts ... Peter Leacock
Michael Therriault ... Billy Cole
Peter Keleghan ... Reverend Drone
Steffi DiDomenicantonio ... Lila Drone
Colin Mochrie ... Judge Pepperleigh
Debra McGrath ... Mrs. Pepperleigh
Eric Peterson ... Jeff Thorpe
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Stephen Leacock recounts his growing up period in the small town of Mariposa, Ontario, located on the shores of Lake Wissanotti with its notoriously leaky holiday steamer. It is a town similar to many other small towns in Canada with its odd assortment of residents. He lived there with his parents Peter and Agnes Leacock, his older brother Charlie Leacock, and his two younger sisters Rose and Carrie Leacock. The family had difficulties making ends meet in Mariposa, due in large part to the continually drunken state of Peter, who oft visited the public house located in the town's hotel. As such, Josh Smith, the owner and operator of the hotel and public house, was the bane of Agnes' existence. She did whatever she could not only to shut down the public house and hotel, but also run Smith out of town. As the Leacocks took an extreme measure to earn money to survive, young Stephen had mixed allegiances as he felt that Smith could assist them with their dire financial situation while his ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2012 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada See more »

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McMac Media Inc. See more »
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Color
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Geddy Lee of the Canadian rock band Rush, plays "Fred", the barber shop customer whose face is covered by a hot towel during the entire film. Lee gets up and reveals himself after the closing credits. See more »

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Sic transit gloria
8 June 2012 | by jdbaehrSee all my reviews

You viewers and reviewers do know from English Lit that this movie is about a famous writer FROM CANADA? I must be getting really old... next I will be reminding you that Ernest Hemingway was a famous writer. Mark Twain? Sinclair Lewis? Edgar Allen Poe? Hello-o-o! From Wikipedia: Stephen Butler Leacock, FRSC (30 December 1869 – 28 March 1944) was an English-born Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. In the early part of the 20th century he was the best-known humorist in the English-speaking world. Well, even if you do not know who Stephen Leacock was, this is an enjoyable if quirky movie, in what I have come to regard as a fine Canadian film tradition of off-beat but provocative films. Viva the Canadian Film Board!


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