Silence of the North

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Silence of the North is a 1981 semi-autobiographical Canadian film of author Olive Frederickson, taken from the book of the same name. The film stars Tom Skerritt as her first husband Walter Roemer who was killed, Gordon Pinsent as her second husband... read more

Silence of the North is a 1981 semi-autobiographical Canadian film of author Olive Frederickson, taken from the book of the same name. The film stars Tom Skerritt as her first husband Walter Roemer who was killed, Gordon Pinsent as her second husband John Frederickson, and Ellen Burstyn as Olive. All three main actors were nominated for Genie Awards, as was the director, Allan King. Originally, the movie was set to share the title of its country music theme song, "Comes a Time" performed by Lacy J. Dalton and composed by Neil Young, a Canadian artist once part of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, but at the last minute, the title of the book was retained for the film. The film was a box office flop upon its original theatrical release, but a combination of the song winning an award and pay-TV service SelecTV picking it up 18 months later for its evening lineup, allowed the film to develop a cult following which remains to this day.

Original Release

10/23/1981

US Release

10/23/1981

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Cast

Ellen Burstyn Olive Frederickson
Gordon Pinsent John Frederickson
Tom Skerritt Walter Reamer
Colin Fox Arthur Herriot / Arthur Herriott
Jennifer McKinney Little Olive Reamer
David Fox Lea Goodwin
Donna Dobrijevic Vala Reamer
Richard W. Farrell John Goodwin
Larry Reynolds The Auctioneer
Frank C. Turner Young Man
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Allan King

Writers

Ben East, Patricia Louisianna Knop, Olive Frederickson

Cast

Ellen Burstyn Olive Frederickson
Gordon Pinsent John Frederickson
Tom Skerritt Walter Reamer
Colin Fox Arthur Herriot / Arthur Herriott
Jennifer McKinney Little Olive Reamer
David Fox Lea Goodwin
Donna Dobrijevic Vala Reamer
Richard W. Farrell John Goodwin
Larry Reynolds The Auctioneer
Frank C. Turner Young Man
Frank Adamson The Trapper
Janet Amos Nelly
Albert Angus Young Indian
Ken Babb Truck Driver
Louis Banks Louis
Ute Blunck Young Woman
Robert Clothier Peter
Anna Friedman Farmer's Wife
Bryan Fustukian Drunk
Frank Gay The Barn Dance Band

Producers

Robert Baylis Executive Producer
Murray Shostak Producer
Robert Baylis Producer

Editors

Arla Saare

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