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Young Triffie's Been Made Away With (2006)

A young and inexperienced regional police officer in 1947 Newfoundland travels to a small village to solve the mysterious murder of a young woman.


Mary Walsh


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ewanuick ... Ranger Alan Hepditch
Mary Walsh ... Aunt Millie Bishop
Rémy Girard ... Dr. Percy Melrose
Andrea Martin ... Mrs. Grace Melrose
David Francis David Francis ... Old Man Washbourne
Andy Jones Andy Jones ... Pastor Wilfred Pottle
Colin Mochrie ... Sgt. Bill O'Mara
Cathy Jones Cathy Jones ... Aunt Ducky Piercey
Jonny Harris ... Billy Head
Doug Ballet Doug Ballet ... Uncle Oral Head (as Doug Ballett)
Rick Boland Rick Boland ... Uncle Calvin
John Paul Ryan John Paul Ryan ... Uncle Charlie (as John Ryan)
Frank Schorpion ... Commander Whalberg
Susan Kent ... Mrs. Head
Marthe Bernard Marthe Bernard ... Young Triffie


In 1947 Whitbourne, Newfoundland, Alan Hepditch, a by-the-books but squeamish and somewhat dimwitted criminologist (whose specialty is fingerprinting) and candidate for ranger, is constantly being tormented by his fellow ranger candidates and his sergeant, Bill O'Mara. This torment makes him hate his training. Before Hepditch can quit, O'Mara, as a sort of punishment, assigns him to his first posting at Swyer's Harbour, where five sheep mutilations have taken place over the past year. When he arrives in Swyer's Harbour, Hepditch has a more serious crime to investigate, that of the murder of a local, mentally slow woman named Tryphenia Maud Pottle, better known to the locals as Young Triffie, whose dead body was found on the beach. When O'Mara finds out about the murder, he decides to send Rangers Jenkins and Guzzwell to Swyer's Harbour to replace Hepditch. Hepditch has thirty-six hours before his replacements' arrival, during which time he sets out to prove himself and prove O'Mara ... Written by Huggo

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Crime has never be so much fun!




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Release Date:

6 April 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Drôle d'enquête pour jeune inspecteur See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is based on a play director Mary Walsh commissioned Ray Guy to write in 1985. Mary Walsh also directed the stage version before directing the movie. See more »


Part of the movie takes place in Whitbourne, Newfoundland. Whenever they showed Whitbourne, with the name under it, it was a typical Newfoundland out-port community, complete with wharf and a view of the ocean. However, Whitbourne is known as Newfoundland's first inland community. The only body of water around Whitbourne is a small pond. See more »


Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Music & Lyrics by Don Raye, Hugh Prince
Performed by Michelle Doyle
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A Truly Well Done Comedy
1 June 2010 | by paladinfreelanceSee all my reviews

Since "Young Triffie..." relies so much on the local dialects, details and character types of outport Newfoundland, it may at first be jarring to a viewer who is not familiar with the region. However, for those who do know it, and for those who appreciate well delineated character types in comedy, this movie is rewarding and enjoyable. Due to its, at times, nearly grisly content, there is a temptation to call this a black comedy. However, that is only true in comparison with the depthless slapstick that passes for comedy in mainstream film. In a more classical and theatrical sense, this is a fine comedy with a compelling narrative backbone which supports a variety of fascinating characters. The darker elements also speak to the rich comic history of Newfoundland, in which laughter is a survival tool in the face of adversity, and humour can be found in the bleakest of situation.

Fred Ewaniuck does a fine turn as the young Ranger, playing well into the stereotype of a "Come From Away" who is initially mystified in the face of outport life. He is reminiscent of early Rowan Atkinson, and there are some moments of truly brilliant physical comedy that make this movie fun to watch.

Mary Walsh as Millie Bishop is dead on the money in her character portrayal. She has played this character type since her days on WGB and in this film seems to have finally perfected it. As the director, she's carried off the balance of comedy and mystery very well, keeping the film from tipping too far one way or the other.

The other performers were well cast and do a fine job of carrying off their various character types. Andrea Martin, especially, is especially enjoyable in a deliberately over the top role that still manages to pull off a few believable moments of depth.

It's not a perfect movie. The soundtrack is somewhat jarring at times when it veers into, as someone else commented, Loony Toons territory. Similarly, I found some of the flashback scenes a little bit off from what I saw as their intent. Finally, I thought the climax of the film was a little bit rushed and sloppy, although not enough to derail the story.

Fans of works like Tom Sharpe's novels, Monty Python or "A Fish Called Wanda" will definitely enjoy this film. However, I suspect that since that's a limited subset of film fans, this movie will be relegated to cult status. That's not bad, but I think it deserves better.

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