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Hounds of Notre Dame (1980)

It's the winter of 1940. Father Athol Murray - "Pere" to most that know him - is an opinionated, chain-smoking, hard drinking parish priest at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ... See full summary »

Director:

Zale Dalen

Writer:

Ken Mitchell (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Peacocke Thomas Peacocke ... Father Athol Murray
Frances Hyland ... Mother Therese
Barry Morse ... Bishop Williams
David Ferry ... Ron Fryer - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Larry Reese ... Tom Howard
Lenore Zann ... Lila Petrie
Phil Ridley Phil Ridley ... Bob Cormack - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Dale Heibein Dale Heibein ... Terry Caldwell - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Billy Morton Billy Morton ... Bashinsky (as William C. Morton)
Bill Sorensen Bill Sorensen ... Stephen Kessler - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Rob MacLean Rob MacLean ... Ben McCauley - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Paul Bougie Paul Bougie ... Frank LaSuisse - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Matt Keegan Matt Keegan ... Weist - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Mike Bova Mike Bova ... Miller - Notre Dame 'Hounds'
Ed MacIag Ed MacIag ... Gargantuan
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It's the winter of 1940. Father Athol Murray - "Pere" to most that know him - is an opinionated, chain-smoking, hard drinking parish priest at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. His strong opinions include his disdain for socialism as epitomized by the CCF party in Saskatchewan and the current war which has claimed too many lives including those of former students, needing to raise money to operate the College by whatever means, and not wanting others to emulate his vices - especially not wanting the students and women to smoke - while he blissfully enjoys those vices himself. Despite these views, he is beloved by most that know him, although he often is the cause for consternation of the area's bishop, Bishop Williams. Pere may face backlash in the form of Ron Fryer, a new student to the College. Despite needing to "triumph over adversity" - his unofficial motto - every day in operating the College on a shoestring, a hockey game between the College's team, the Hounds, ... Written by Huggo

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The establishment called him everything in the book. Including a legend!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1980 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada

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CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Terrific little film--must-see for Canadians
22 July 2000 | by bjgainesSee all my reviews

This story about the fiercely conservative, hockey-living priest Athol Murray is Canada's answer to American Graffiti. AG captures a slice of early 1960s life in the US with a surreal 24 hours of cruising, rock and roll, and teenage coming-of-age. HOND charts a 24-hour slice of life at an impoverished boarding school on the Canadian prairies in the war years (1940s). It is every bit as poignant as AG, though, suitably for a Canadian film, much quieter and easily overlooked.


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