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Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date: March 13, 2009 (limited)
DVD: June 16, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.69
based on 26 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Jordan Gavaris, Justine Banszky, August Schellenberg, Michael Madsen, Mackenzie Porter, Kim Coates


It's the Autumn of 1960. Fifteen-year-old Parry Tender doesn't know where to turn. Hassled by the local cop, Parry wants out of his small town hell. He's lived in Goose Lake all his live. It isn't much; about 200 folks in all give or take. It's five hundred miles north of nowhere which to the satisfaction of the United States Air Force makes it only five hundred miles south of the "DEWLINE," a continent wide chain of early warning radar stations constructed across Canada's Arctic during the paranoia of the Cold War. With its 4,000-foot gravel runway, Saskatchewan's Goose Lake is the perfect spot to airlift men and materials into Canada's frozen north. It's all very secret—all very boring—and no one wants out more than Parry.

Parry isn't asking for much. He only wants a little more that he already has which is an old Cree grandfather named Peter George who isn't even kin, and his best and only friend Luke, a 13-year-old girl who looks and acts more like a boy.

Parry knows the dangers of small town life. Suicide cured his mother's troubles, and his father? Well, that's another story. When a fluke atmospheric condition allows a 50,000 watt Manhattan radio station to pump its infectious rock'n'roll signal into Canada's far north and out through the small paper speaker of Parry's RCA radio, Luke can't believe their luck. WABC - New York, 770 on the AM dial is running a radio contest. The winner and a guest will be flown to New York City to attend Alan Freed's Fourth of July rock'n'roll party at the Brooklyn Paramount. It all seems simple enough. Parry and Luke will win their escape from Goose Lake. But when Debbie Baxter, the pretty daughter of an American Army Air Force Major steals Parry's heart, no one is certain what will happen next.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Saskatchewan. Most of the actors are Canadian.

Director: Dave Schultz
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Mike Frislev, Chad Oakes
Screenplay: Dave Schultz

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  • 4 stars "I saw this movie years ago while I was in Canada on vacation and was just relaxing in my hotel. I found it quite moving and still think about it today. Definitely worth a watch."
  • 4 stars "Excellent coming of age movie,saw it on APTN, while not deep the dark ending of the young girls abuse was disturbing. I did relate to the main character that young uneasy teenage life, "I don't belong here, I never did." Good acting mostly, I would recommend it, and would watch it again myself. (That's my highest compliment)"
  • 2 stars "I found this movie confusing. Were we supposed to pick up on the abuse that was happening to Luke, or just find out towards the end of the movie? And why did Parry feel the need to rush off to be with her when she was taken into a care school? He did not seem to love her and she was only 13. O am really not sure what this movie was all about. Could it be just the angst of being a teenager in a small town, or was there a deeper message that I just did not get?"