Fish Hawk (film)

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Fish Hawk
DVD Cover
Directed by Donald Shebib
Screenplay by Blanche Hanalis
Based on Old Fish Hawk 
by Mitchell Jayne
Starring Will Sampson
Don Francks
Charles Fields
Music by Samuel Matlovsky
Cinematography René Verzier
Edited by Ron Wisman
Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release dates
  • August 22, 1979 (1979-08-22) (Moscow)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Fish Hawk is a 1979 Canadian drama film directed by Donald Shebib. The screenplay was written by Blanche Hanalis, based on the novel Old Fish Hawk by Mitchell Jayne. The film was nominated for several Genie Awards including for direction, editing and best performance by a foreign actor. It was also entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]


A young boy befriends a Native American man who has become an alcoholic after the death of his wife and children from small pox.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Will Sampson Fish Hawk
Don Francks Deut Boggs
Charles Fields Corby Boggs
Mary Pirie Sarah Boggs
Karen Austin Mrs. Gideon
Allan Royal Will Fellows
Michael J. Reynolds Mr. Gideon
Chris Wiggins Marcus Boggs

Critical reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not give high praise to the film:


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