The Grizzlies

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
In theatres: April 19, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 114 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Emerald MacDonald, Booboo Stewart, Paul Nutarariaq, Ricky Lee Marty-Pahtaykan, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Schweig, Will Sasso


Based on the true story of Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer), a high school teacher who moved to the town of Kugluktuk, Nunavut in 1998 to teach at a local school. When Russ arrived, the town was plagued with one of the highest rates of alcohol abuse and suicide in North America while the school Russ taught at had rampant absenteeism and substance abuse issues among its student population.

When faced with unfathomable social dysfunction, Russ started a lacrosse team, and changed the community's way of life forever. He saw the lacrosse program flourish in Kugluktuk, but later moved to Cranbrook, British Columbia where he became a lawyer.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Director: Miranda de Pencier
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Damon D'Oliveira, Miranda de Pencier, Zanne Devine, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Stacey Aglok MacDonald
Screenplay: Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett
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  • 5 stars "Excellent movie. I’m a 69yr old man and I was teary through many parts of this movie. Very inspirational also."
  • 5 stars "Engaging from start to finish. Well done."
  • 5 stars "Excellent movie and a sad reality"