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The Coffin Affair (1980)

L'affaire Coffin (original title)
In 1953, in the Gaspé forest, there are three bodies half eaten by bears. Fearing repercussions on tourism and investment, Prime minister Maurice Duplessis decided to make an example accusing Wilbert Coffin.

Writers:

Jacques Benoit, Jacques Hébert (based on his book "J'accuse les assassins de Coffin") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gabriel Arcand ... Alain Courtemanche
August Schellenberg ... Wilbert Coffin
Thomas Donohue ... Capitaine Lucien Marois
Yvon Dufour ... Capitaine Roland Forget
Micheline Lanctôt ... Maureen Patterson
Roger Lebel ... Pascal Dion
Jean-Marie Lemieux ... Ben Ménard
Aubert Pallascio ... Sergent René Bourdon
Raymond Cloutier ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Gravel ... Le coroner région Gaspésienne Louis Rivest
Gaston Lepage ... Garde de Bordeaux
Gilbert Sicotte ... Le juré Guay
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Storyline

In 1953, in the Gaspé forest, there are three bodies half eaten by bears. Fearing repercussions on tourism and investment, Prime minister Maurice Duplessis decided to make an example accusing Wilbert Coffin. Stages of the sentence stem Wilbert Coffin February 8, 1956 for the murder of three American hunters. "We may have forgotten that Coffin was an English Protestant, who lived in concubinage with a woman whom he had a child, all in Gaspé, in the early 1950s, and only in a francophone milieu marked by Catholicism." (Jean-Claude Labrecque, 1980). Dufour is quite convincing Chief authoritarian police, bounded, self-confident, incompetent, inhumane and take his power. Written by Anonymous

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murder | death | killer | See All (3) »


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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 September 1980 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coffin Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Gaspésie, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 788,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color
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beautiful film
25 April 2002 | by André-7See all my reviews

True story of the last man sentenced to death in Quebec in the 1950's who may or may not have committed a multiple homicide.

Documentarian filmmaker and cameraman Claude Labrecque shot this as a scathing endictment of capital punishment. Gabriel Arcand is superb as the young advocate appointed to the no-win case for political reasons. August Schellengerg (later seen in Black Robe) as Coffin brings ambiguity and feeling to the poor condemned man.


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