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Trudeau (2002)

A biography of the famous, controversial and flamboyant Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.


Jerry Ciccoritti


Wayne Grigsby

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Credited cast:
Colm Feore ... Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Polly Shannon ... Margaret Trudeau
Patrick McKenna ... Duncan
Don McKellar ... Greenbaum
Peter Outerbridge ... Jim Coutts
Raymond Cloutier ... Gérard Pelletier
Raymond Bouchard ... Jean Marchand
Jean Marchand ... Marc Lalonde
R.H. Thomson ... Mitchell Sharp
Guy Richer ... Jean Chretien
Luc Proulx ... Rene Levesque
Geraint Wyn Davies ... Premier William G. Davis
Eric Peterson ... Tommy Douglas
John Neville ... British High Commissioner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremy Akerman ... Bellman


In 1968, Canada saw the election of a Prime Minister unlike any other in its history, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Handsome, witty, idealistic, flamboyant, courageous and debonair Trudeau rides on an unheard of crest of popularity nicknamed "Trudeaumania" that sweeps him into the highest political office in the country. At the same time, he develops a passionate romance with a young Margaret Sinclair that soon leads to marriage. However, events would put both Pierre's political and personal life under the gun as he must struggle with traumatic events like the terrorist crisis that grips Quebec in October 1970 which forces him to declare temporary martial law being but the first of the major challenges. At the same time, the demands of being a Prime Minister's wife takes its own toll on Margaret as her relationship with Pierre begins to disintergrate. Eventually, both pressures do their harm as the couple divorces and Pierre's political standing falls even as his Quebec Seperatist foes rise ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Biography | Drama






French | English

Release Date:

31 March 2002 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Big Motion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes that took place in 1979, i.e. Trudeau leaving the House of Commons after resigning as Liberal leader, the news conference after he came back, and his being congratulated by the faithful after the news conference were all shot in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill on Sept. 11th, 2001. When cast and crew arrived that morning it was a bright sunny day, with Parliament Hill swarming with tourists. By mid afternoon the tourists were gone and Parliament Hill had been sealed off by the RCMP. Filming was allowed to continue inside the now empty building, but the RCMP would not allow any exterior filming. See more »


References The Tony Randall Show (1976) See more »

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A step forward in style
5 April 2002 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Very good movie done in a very interesting concept. It's a visual treat. The way the director uses the camera, the split-screen, files from the archives, is just great. The acting too is good. Colm Feore is absolutely fantastic in the lead role. Man, he's got it! I think Polly Shannon also gave a good performance as Margaret. The rest of the cast to their job very well.

When watching "Trudeau", try to not think of it as a documentary. Because this is not one. It's a fiction, based on real facts, with add-on material.

I think it's a first for Canadian cinema. "Trudeau" is a movie that really surprised me.

But I must admit that I prefer the first part of the movie. The second one was a little bit too much on the political side of his life.

Out of 100, I gave "Trudeau" 82. That's good for *** on a **** stars rating system.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on March 31st and April 1st, 2002.

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