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Edge of Madness (2002)

1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's ... See full summary »

Director:

Anne Wheeler

Writers:

Alice Munro (based on the short story "A Wilderness Station"), Charles K. Pitts | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Dhavernas ... Annie Herron
Frank Adamson ... Donnely
Wayne Nicklas Wayne Nicklas ... Inmate
Nicole Bremault Nicole Bremault ... Marie
Paul Johansson ... Henry Mullen
Currie Graham ... Dr. Jenkins
Tantoo Cardinal ... Ruth
Anne Ross Anne Ross ... Sadie Johnson
Ruth De Graves Ruth De Graves ... Nervous Woman
Brendan Fehr ... Simon Herron
Terri Cherniak Terri Cherniak ... Matron La Roche
Corey Sevier ... George Herron
Jonas Chernick ... William Sellor
Jennifer Pelser Jennifer Pelser ... Mrs. Treece
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Mr. Treece
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1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's placed in a cell; for the next several months, she sews while the local prefect, Henry Mullen, investigates. In flashbacks we see her arranged marriage to the hard-working but angry Simon, who takes her to his half-built homestead and abuses her. She's treated well by his younger brother George, with whom she laughs, but he's too weak to protect her. Is she guilty? At the homestead, Mullen hears a different story, one that exonerates Annie. Can he unearth the truth? Then what? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and violence including rape | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2002 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wilderness Station See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Jenkins gives Annie regular doses of laudanum to help her maintain a less adversarial demeanor. Laudanum contains alcohol and opium. See more »

Goofs

The girls at the school sing the hymn "What A Friend We Have in Jesus", supposedly in the year 1851. The song was not written until 1855. See more »

Soundtracks

My Love's Like A Red, Red Rose
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Words by Robert Burns
Performed by Caroline Dhavernas
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A dark Canadian history
11 April 2003 | by bilhoodSee all my reviews

I was happy to see this movie take place in Canada. I think Americans will appreciate this movie too. A darker story about homesteading and the challenges and hardships faced by the people trying to carve out a new life. Caroline Dhavernas was excellent.


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