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The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.

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Don McBrearty

Writer:

Keith Ross Leckie (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Crawford Gordon Jr.
Sara Botsford ... Kate O'Hara
Ron White ... Jack Woodman
Aidan Devine ... Jim Chamberlain
Nigel Bennett ... James Floyd
Jonathan Whittaker ... Fred Smye
Ian D. Clark ... Edward Critchley
David Lawrence Brown ... Joe Paloffski (as Dave Brown)
Catherine Fitch Catherine Fitch ... Ruby Paloffski
Robin Gammell ... C.D. Howe
Robert Haley Robert Haley ... John George Diefenbaker
Michael Moriarty ... Dwight D. Eisenhower
Michael Ironside ... C.I.A. Director
Christopher Plummer ... George Hees
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ... June Callwood
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This series tells the story of the world's fastest fighter plane ever built, in 1950's Canada, and how the project was dropped due to political pressure from the United States. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The right stuff. The wrong time.

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Drama | History

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 January 1997 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyorsan, mint a nyíl See more »

Filming Locations:

Gimli, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To make the Avro Arrow fly they filmed radio controlled models of the Arrow from a helicopter. See more »

Goofs

In the movie the engines were silent when the sound barrier was broken. When one breaks the sound barrier, the engines do not all of a sudden become quiet. The sound can be heard through the aircraft itself. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Special DVD Edition cuts the opening credits of the second half of the mini-series, as well as the scene where sputnik flys across space. See more »

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Featured in The Greatest Canadian (2004) See more »

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An Excellent Mini
22 March 2000 | by william_tSee all my reviews

This is one of the best mini-series I have ever watched. It's portrayal of Crawford Gordon as a man who, as the Arrow project descends into chaos, becomes a heavy drinker, is amazing. Dan Aykroyd plays this part brilliantly.

It is the most accurate picture of the 1950's political climate and shows how much sway the President of the United States had over Canada at the time.

If you have the chance, you should watch this series, because it will change your view of the Cold War.


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