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Dreamspeaker (1976)

| Drama | TV Movie 1976
Ian Tracey plays 11-year-old Peter, who is plagued by demons and sent to an institution for setting fires. Peter escapes and hops a freight train headed into northern B.C. He is befriended ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Jutra

Writer:

Anne Cameron (as Cam Hubert)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Tracey ... Peter
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Old Man
Jacques Hubert Jacques Hubert ... Silent Man
Bob Howay Bob Howay ... John (as Robert Howay)
Jonathon Pallone Jonathon Pallone ... Bill (as Jon Pallone)
Ivor Harries Ivor Harries ... Doctor
Ed Mitchell Ed Mitchell ... Psychiatrist
Anna Hagan ... Social Worker
Stephen Braybrooke Stephen Braybrooke ... Boy In Institute
Michael Lee Michael Lee ... Boy In Institute
Joey Romano Joey Romano ... Boy In Institute
Lars Mortil Lars Mortil ... Boy In Institute
Bart Copeland Bart Copeland ... Boy In Institute
Susan Ferley Susan Ferley ... Receptionist
Laura Thaw Laura Thaw ... Dream Mother
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Storyline

Ian Tracey plays 11-year-old Peter, who is plagued by demons and sent to an institution for setting fires. Peter escapes and hops a freight train headed into northern B.C. He is befriended by a native shaman or "dreamspeaker" (George Clutesi). The shaman makes some strides but is unable to get to the root of Peter's problems. Peter is captured by the police and taken back to the institution where he slides down even further. Written by Denis Belton <denisb@travel-net.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Åndemaneren See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A typical Canadian made production from the 1970s.
7 January 2000 | by ram-30See all my reviews

Claude Jutra's film DREAMSPEAKER(1977) is a typical Canadian made production from the 1970s. Some might take this claim as an insult but what I mean is that it fits in with the low key, humble, non-Hollywood style typical of early Canadian cinema. The film was made by a legend. The Canadian film industry awards its best new director award the Jutra Award, named after Claude. Although DREAMSPEAKER is not Jutra's masterpiece, it's a warm tale of a runaway boy who learns important life lessons from a First Nations elder. The boy is played by a young Ian Tracey who currently stars in the popular Canuck TV series "DaVinci's Inquest". Tracey won Best Actor Gemini for his starring role in "Milgaard" and his series won Best New series at the 1999 Gemini Awards. Although, George Clutesi is not very well known, he has starred in other films( I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME)and is also a poet, much like the other George from the West Coast(Chief Dan). All in all, the film is well worth watching, for young and old alike as the plot spans the generations.


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