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In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Anawak ...
Plane Passenger
Fred Bailey ...
Roger
Seth Burke ...
Johnny
Mary Buscemi ...
Lenore Aviak
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Janace
Mayala Chapman ...
Female Townsperson #2
Christopher Church ...
Special BG / Lacrosse
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Spencer Dewar ...
RCMP Officer #2
Brad Fraser ...
Tanner
Ippiksaut Friesen ...
Town Council Member
Colton Hart ...
Special BG / Lacrosse
Howthegrintch ...
Stoleurcreditcard (as Greg Gomez Thomsen)
Looee Ishulutaq ...
Female Townsperson
Innosar Issakiark ...
Special BG / Lacrosse
Mary Itorcheak ...
Schoolgirl (with baby)
Madeline Ivalu ...
Lena
Braden Johnston ...
Special BG / Lacrosse
Elisapee Johnston ...
Townsperson
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ATV Driver
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Coach
Jennifer Kilabuk ...
Grace
Sarah Laakkuluk ...
Co-op Cashier
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Spring
Emerald MacDonald ...
Miranda
Jeff Mahon ...
Officer Lebec
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Adam
Simon Nattaq ...
Sam
Daniel Niego-Akavak ...
Jason
Mat Nuqingak ...
Vinny's Dad
Paul Nutarariaq ...
Zach
Kakki Peter ...
Townsperson #2
Sheila Pokiak ...
Vinny's Mom
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Mike
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Russ Sheppard
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Harry Aviak
Russell Sheppard ...
Toronto Referee
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Kyle
Brian Tagalik ...
Town Council President
Jamie Takkiruq ...
Vinny
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Pete
Dan Wade ...
Townsperson #3
Laakaluk Williamson ...
Co-op Cashier

Directed by

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Miranda de Pencier

Written by

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Moira Walley-Beckett ... ()
 
Graham Yost ... ()

Produced by

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Alethea Arnaquq-Baril ... producer
Damon D'Oliveira ... producer
Miranda de Pencier ... producer
Zanne Devine ... producer
Hartley Gorenstein ... line producer
Stacey Aglok MacDonald ... producer
Frank Marshall ... executive producer
Katie Bird Nolan ... associate producer (as Katie Nolan)
Jake Steinfeld ... executive producer
Vinay Virmani ... executive producer

Music by

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Garth Stevenson

Cinematography by

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Jim Denault

Film Editing by

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Michele Conroy
Ronald Sanders
James Vandewater

Editorial Department

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Denis Chouinard ... first assistant editor
Rob Gyorgy ... digital intermediate Editor
Margaret Hutz ... digital imaging technician
Sue Len Quon ... 1st assistant editor
Ray Savaya ... first assistant editor
D. Gillian Truster ... additional editor

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John Buchan
Sig De Miguel
Jason Knight
Stephen Vincent

Production Design by

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Zazu Myers

Set Decoration by

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Mary Kirkland

Costume Design by

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Lea Carlson

Makeup Department

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Anita Guastella ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Lynda McKenzie ... post-production supervisor
Stefan Steen ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dominika Jurek ... second assistant director
Hannah Michielsen ... third assistant director
Josh Stapleton ... daily assistant director
Sorcha Vasey ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Pascale Arpin ... art trainee
Vince Consiglio ... lead dresser
Simon March ... onset dresser: Toronto
Davin Snip ... property master
Tyler Unrau ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Davi Aquino ... foley editor / foley recordist
Rachel Cantin ... ADR loop group
David Caporale ... assistant sound editor
Sue Conley ... dialogue editor/adr editor
Sandra Fox ... foley artist
Laird Fryer ... adr mixer
Paul Germann ... supervising sound editor
Jack Heeren ... foley mixer
Erin Lewis ... project coordinator
Brennan Mercer ... sound effects editor
Joe Morrow ... re-recording mixer
Andrea Rusch ... assistant re-recording mixer
Robert Turi ... sound mixer
Don White ... foley recording mixer

Visual Effects by

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Kevin Chandoo ... visual effects supervisor
Jean-Paul Ear ... compositor: Technicolor
Kathryn Foster ... visual effects editor (as Kat Foster)
Robin Nozetz ... visual effects producer
Jagdeep Saggu ... digital compositor
Maxine Schnepf ... visual effects producer

Stunts

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Rodney Alexandre ... assistant stunt coordinator / stunt coordinator
Mathieu Coderre ... stunt double / stunt performer
Mimi Côté ... stunt double (as Myriam Côté) / stunt double / stunt double: Anna Lambe (as Myriam Côté) / stunt performer (as Myriam Côté)
Jean Frenette ... Supervising Stunt Coordinator / stunt coordinator
Héléna Laliberté ... stunt coordinator
Paul Nutarariaq ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jay Jay Callan ... second assistant camera
Michael Jari Davidson ... A Camera Operator
Cylvan Desrouleaux ... first assistant "a" camera
Chris Harmsworth ... gaffer
Shawn Innuksuk ... a camera grip
James Klopko ... director of photography: second unit
Rany Ly ... digital imaging technician
Robert Turi ... drone pilot

Casting Department

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Stephanie Bleakley ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jennifer Lantz ... assistant costume designer
Ofelia Liu ... Truck Supervisor
Anita K. Schapansky ... set costumer

Location Management

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Ron McKenzie ... location manager (as Ronald McKenzie)

Music Department

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Mikaila Simmons ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Winnifred Jong ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Hayley Brown ... assistant
Christina Buchli ... legal counsel
Donald Colafranceschi ... assistant production coordinator
Claude Forest ... Insurance Broker
Melee Hutton ... Acting Coach / acting coach
Jonathan Pencharz ... production coordinator
Stephanie Provato ... legal counsel
David F. Sheridan ... production assistant
Justin Stephenson ... main title design
Lee Meltzer ... film publicist (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

THE GRIZZLIES is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism. The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students. While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in Toronto. Despite their ultimate defeat, The Grizzlies discover that success doesn't lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game; but instead, in the spirit of community.

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Taglines What Lies Behind Us is Tiny Compared to What Lies Within Us See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les Grizzlies (Canada, French title)
  • Grizzlies (Australia)
  • Grizzlies - Um Caminho para a Vida (Portugal)
  • Гризли (Russia)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The filmmakers included Inuit people in every aspect of the making of The Grizzlies. That way, the film would not only represent the Inuit experience, but it could provide a training ground for Inuit and Indigenous filmmakers who could go on to make their own films. A paid mentorship program invited Inuit actors, crew, musicians and other creative collaborators to participate, and in the end, more than 91 percent of the cast and more than 33 percent of the crew were Inuit or Indigenous. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 15 September 2018 (2018). See more »
Quotes Russ Sheppard: What lies behind us is tiny compared to what lies within us.
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