The Hounds of Notre Dame

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Hounds of Notre Dame
Directed by Zale Dalen
Produced by Fil Fraser
Written by Ken Mitchell
Starring Thomas Peacocke
Frances Hyland
Barry Morse
David Ferry
Music by Maurice Marshall
Cinematography Ron Orieux
Edited by Barry Freeman
Distributed by Pan-Canadian Film Distributors
Release date
  • October 10, 1980 (1980-10-10)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $ 1,200,000

The Hounds of Notre Dame is a 1980 Canadian drama film directed by Zale Dalen.


The Hounds of Notre Dame is about 36 hours in the life of Père Athol Murray, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking Catholic priest, teacher, political activist and coach of the school hockey team, The Hounds. Peacocke gives a powerful performance as Murray, who defies his superior and gives anti-CCF (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation) speeches in 1940s Saskatchewan. The film received outstanding reviews and Peacocke won a Genie Award for best actor, but it received only limited distribution and came to symbolize the problems inherent in producing quality Canadian features.[1]



  1. ^ Wise, Wyndham (2001). Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 102. ISBN 0 8020 3512 4. Retrieved March 30, 2017.

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