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Bethune (1977)

| Biography, Drama | TV Movie
Based on the true story of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, this film traces his life from his beginnings with his deeply religious family in Ontario, through his medical studies in school, ... See full summary »

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Eric Till

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Thomas Rickman (teleplay)
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Credited cast:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Norman Bethune
Kate Nelligan ... Frances Bethune
David Gardner David Gardner ... John Bellamy
James Hong ... General Nieh
Gerard Parkes ... Dr. MacCacken
Patrick Watson Patrick Watson ... R.E. Coleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Grima John Grima ... Spanish Officer
Victor Ho Victor Ho ... Ho
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Based on the true story of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, this film traces his life from his beginnings with his deeply religious family in Ontario, through his medical studies in school, where he developed his overwhelming compassion for those less fortunate, and his driving desire to see that they get the medical attention they need. Most of his life after college was spent either working in war zones around Europe or developing new treatment techniques in his home country. He died in 1939 while working with the Chinese army, caring for both soldiers and civilians in their fight against Japan. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Δρ. Μπεθιούεν See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This was a dream project for Otto Preminger. For years he tried to raise finance and even had permission from the authorities to film in mainland China. Ring Lardner Jr collaborated with him on the screenplay. See more »

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Featured in The Greatest Canadian (2004) See more »

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Better than the 1990 Bethune film
11 November 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

At least, that's the way I remember it. The TV version had a much lower budget, so there was no fancy location footage, just a lot more drama.

It's a pity that with all the controversy surrounding the making of the 1990 effort, that the 1977 film could not have enjoyed a brief resurrection. Oh well, that's Canada, eh.

Jack Granatstein at the War Museum in Ottawa was lamenting the sad state of Canadian historical knowledge this week in the wake of the national poll just conducted. No one seems to know what "Vimy Ridge" means anymore. Meanwhile films like this one are collecting dust on a shelf at the CBC. Please consider this a comment for Remembrance Day.


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