The Grizzlies

Genre:  Drama, Family
Running Time:  104 min.
In theatres: March 2, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 12 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart, Eric Schweig, Will Sasso, Tantoo Cardinal, Joel Keller


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
Screenplay: Moira Walley-Beckett, Graham Yost

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  • 5 stars "This is an inspiring true story that tells about the hardships of the Inuit in the north and how one man turned things around. Be sure to see it."
  • 5 stars "I love how Russ inspired the kids and the kids inspired Russ. The end is we are all inspired by this movie"
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