John A

John A

Birth of A Country

DVD - 2011
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Jerry Ciccoritti's political thriller John A: The Birth of a Country details the rivalry between politicians John A. Macdonald and George Brown, a feud that would shape Canada into the country it would be over 150 years later.


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BookReviewer2015 Aug 15, 2017

One of the best Canadian movies ever! Doyle is excellent as Macdonald! I would love to see a sequel to this, with the building of the railway, the Pacific Scandal etc.

Aug 06, 2017

I really was 'thrilled', both by the acting and the adventure of the Canadian experience. The most fun scene was the one showing how Queen Victoria 'chose' Ottawa as Canada's capital. I gave the fifth star as I recognize the difficulty in keeping the story 'moving' visually without having access to the big bucks of Hollywood's "Lincoln" (for example). This is good entertainment and everyone should have this on their 150 year bucket list!

Apr 07, 2016

This is a 2010 Canadian docu-drama directed by Jerry Ciccoritti.
When in 1864 no party proved capable of governing for long, Macdonald agreed to a proposal from his political rival, George Brown, that the parties unite in a Great Coalition to seek federation and political reform.
Macdonald was the leading figure in the subsequent discussions and conferences, which resulted in the British North America Act and the birth of Canada as a nation on 1 July 1867.
It is a story of personal hatred, public passion, political idealism and struggle.

May 24, 2014

Indeed a wonderful historical presentation - I only wish it were longer !! Will have to see if there is a continuity to this episode!

Mar 11, 2013

Based on the first book of the two volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald written by Richard Gwyn. The movie is well cast (with Shawn Doyle presenting a very believable Macdanald), well acted and most enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Jul 11, 2012

Very well done, and worth watching.

Feb 28, 2012

An interesting look at the lead up to working on the creation of the new confederation of Canada. The political party names, and some of the historial information was simplified and condensed, with modern terms to facilitate the understanding of the events, and the factions at play at the time. I doubt many nowadays would know what a Whig is. I thought it was hilarious to get this at home the same week it was being reshown on CBC.

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