The Timekeeper

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  103 min.
Release Date: August 21, 2009 (limited)
DVD: January 26, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Roy Dupuis, Craig Olejnik, Julian Richings, Stephen McHattie, Gary Farmer, Wayne Robson


1964. Martin Bishop is eighteen. His recently deceased father left him a good education and high moral principles, since the bank has seized the family farm.

Martin lands a job as a timekeeper on a Northwest Territories construction site. Under the watchful eye of a tyrannical foreman, they're building a section of railway. Fifty-two miles in 52 days; a lucrative endeavour, as it turns out. In this remote, isolated camp from which there is no escape, corruption is a way of life. The workers, a bunch of rag-tag idiots and thieves selected precisely for their defects, dare not complain.

But Martin is understanding, and won't buy into this. What ill fate do the bosses have in store for this lamb among wolves? And what will become of Martin's lofty principles when threatened with reprisal?

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Canada with a Canadian cast.

Director: Louis Bélanger
Studio: Seville Pictures
Producer(s): Real Chabot
Screenplay: Louis Bélanger, Lorraine Dufour
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  • 5 stars "Excellent casting . No change in management attitude even today (short of killing their staff. I you are bilingual view both version"