The Ernie Game

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  • Genre(s): Drama Crime
  • Release year: 1967
  • Running time: 89 min
The Ernie Game is a 1967 Canadian drama film directed by Don Owen. Called "One of the most innovative examples of personal cinema to come from English Canada in the Sixties" by the Cinematheque Ontario, The Ernie Game was part of a proposed trio of... read more

The Ernie Game is a 1967 Canadian drama film directed by Don Owen. Called "One of the most innovative examples of personal cinema to come from English Canada in the Sixties" by the Cinematheque Ontario, The Ernie Game was part of a proposed trio of works intended to celebrate the Canadian Centennial. The film centres on Ernie Turner and his attempts to survive in the world after he's released from an asylum. He grows increasingly alienated and his fragile mental state declines, moving between two women, ex-girlfriend and current lover. "The Ernie Game provides a resonant portrait of mental illness," writes Steve Gravestock of the Cinematheque, "its pathologically narcissistic protagonist representing Owen’s most nightmarish vision of the artist as fraud and pariah." Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, The Ernie Game received the Etrog Awards, now known as Genie Awards, for Best Direction and Best Feature Film in 1968. It was also entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.

Original Release

11/08/1967

Cast

Alexis Kanner Ernie Turner
Judith Gault Donna
Jackie Burroughs Gail
Leonard Cohen Singer
Derek May Ernie's accomplice
Anna Cameron Social worker
Louis Negin Ernie's friend
Corinne Copnick Landlady
Rolland D'Amour Neighbour (as Roland D'Amour)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Don Owen

Writers

Don Owen, Bernard Cole Spencer

Cast

Alexis Kanner Ernie Turner
Judith Gault Donna
Jackie Burroughs Gail
Leonard Cohen Singer
Derek May Ernie's accomplice
Anna Cameron Social worker
Louis Negin Ernie's friend
Corinne Copnick Landlady
Rolland D'Amour Neighbour (as Roland D'Amour)

Producers

Robert Allen Executive Producer
Gordon Burwash Producer

Editors

Roy Ayton

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