Silence of the North

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Silence of the North
Directed by Allan King
Starring Tom Skerritt
Gordon Pinsent
Ellen Burstyn
Release date
  • October 23, 1981 (1981-10-23)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

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.

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