Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Northern Passage (TV)

Aventures dans le Grand Nord: Bari – French tile
Bari – French title
Tales of the Wild: Northern Passage – English title
Northern Passage – English title

A 1994 Candian, French co-production [Cinévidéo Plus (Montreal), Ellipse Animation, Gaumont
   Télévision (Paris)]
Producer: Justine Héroux, Séverine Olivier-Lacamp, Jacques Salles
Director: Arnaud Sélignac
Story: Baree, son of Kazan James Oliver Curwood
Teleplay: Jonathan Hales
Photography: Michel Mandero [Astralcolor]
Music: Alain Chamfort (Alain Le Govic)
Running time: 96 minutes

Paul – Jeff Fahey
Pierre - Jacques Weber
Taggart – Lorne Brass
Nepeese – Neve Campbell
Marie - Geneviève Rochette
Broken Foot – Billy Two Rivers
Indians - Dana Williams, Richard Diabo-Karolakta
Stunt coordinator: David McKeown

This made-for-TV drama, based on a historical novel by James Oliver Curwood, concerns Nepeese (Neve Campbell), a young woman whose mother was an Canadian Indian and father was a white American. Caught between two cultures but fully embraced by neither, Nepeese finds strength and companionship when she befriends Baree, a half-wolf, half-dog. Both Nepeese and Baree find themselves in jeopardy when they encounter Taggart (Lorne Brass), a ruthless trapper who makes no secret of his desire for Baree's pelt and Nepeese's body. However, they both find a champion in Paul (Jeff Fahey), a naturalist who protects Baree from hunters and wins the beautiful Nepeese's heart. ~ Mark Deming
This Canadian, French made to TV movie, part of the Tales of the Wild series was shown on French telelvision on December 30, 1994.

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