John A

John A

Birth of A Country

DVD - 2011 | Widescreen version.
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A political thriller on the struggle between John A. Macdonald, the leader of the Conservative Party and his opponent, George Brown, the leader of what would become the Liberal Party and the founder of Toronto's Globe newspaper as they fought to shape Canadian future.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Entertainment One Films Canada : CBC Home Video, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: JOHN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in.
Alternative Title: Birth of a country

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BookReviewer2015 Aug 15, 2017

One of the best Canadian movies ever! Doyle is excellent as Macdonald! I would love to see a sequel to this, with the building of the railway, the Pacific Scandal etc.

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sam120
Aug 06, 2017

LOVED this DVD.
I really was 'thrilled', both by the acting and the adventure of the Canadian experience. The most fun scene was the one showing how Queen Victoria 'chose' Ottawa as Canada's capital. I gave the fifth star as I recognize the difficulty in keeping the story 'moving' visually without having access to the big bucks of Hollywood's "Lincoln" (for example). This is good entertainment and everyone should have this on their 150 year bucket list!

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akirakato
Apr 07, 2016

This is a 2010 Canadian docu-drama directed by Jerry Ciccoritti.
When in 1864 no party proved capable of governing for long, Macdonald agreed to a proposal from his political rival, George Brown, that the parties unite in a Great Coalition to seek federation and political reform.
Macdonald was the leading figure in the subsequent discussions and conferences, which resulted in the British North America Act and the birth of Canada as a nation on 1 July 1867.
It is a story of personal hatred, public passion, political idealism and struggle.

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temp123987
May 24, 2014

Indeed a wonderful historical presentation - I only wish it were longer !! Will have to see if there is a continuity to this episode!

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darlenestrom
Nov 03, 2013

Fascinating look at our formation as a country. History come alive in a very exciting, fast moving and polished production. Do we have so little interest in ourselves, in our heritage that the list for viewing this is pathetically poor! Having just watched one of those Hollywood blockbusters (or did not watch, as I fell asleep in it) that has some two hundred on a waiting list, I am just ... sadden. And concerned for the future of this country. The Americans did not politically take this country (though they threatened to) but they have crept across our border with their corporations and so control our pockets. They creep (or blast) across the border with news media, music, and entertainment propaganda machine. Do we stop and question the motivation and political alliance of our so called 'entertainment'? Those who made this film did not make a fortune,
what they produced is so much more than that.

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Sandee
Mar 11, 2013

Based on the first book of the two volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald written by Richard Gwyn. The movie is well cast (with Shawn Doyle presenting a very believable Macdanald), well acted and most enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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creyola
Jul 11, 2012

Very well done, and worth watching.

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dprodrig
Feb 28, 2012

An interesting look at the lead up to working on the creation of the new confederation of Canada. The political party names, and some of the historial information was simplified and condensed, with modern terms to facilitate the understanding of the events, and the factions at play at the time. I doubt many nowadays would know what a Whig is. I thought it was hilarious to get this at home the same week it was being reshown on CBC.

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