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Why Rock the Boat

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113 minutes – Comedy

Based on William Weintraub’s 1961 satirical first novel about the newspaper world of the 1940s, the story is set at the fictional Daily Witness, which is edited by a penny-pinching, glowering tyrant (Henry Beckman) in the tradition of the pre-union days. He is a hard-nosed reactionary who is out to please his advertisers and not ‘rock the boat.’ A young, ambitious reporter, Harry Barnes (Stuart Gillard), fresh from McGill University, finds his dreams of journalistic fame dampened by the disillusioned older journalists he works with. Harry never breaks a big story, never gets that “big scoop,” but does excel with women. After a brief affair with the publisher’s wife (Patricia Gage) he falls for the beautiful union organizer and reporter (Leek) for a rival newspaper. His comic attempts to court her lead to a drunken, passionate pro-union speech at his own paper. Why Rock the Boat picked up Etrog (Genie) Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Henry Beckman), Best Screenplay Adaptation (William Weintraub), and Best Actor (Stuart Gillard). The film won a Bronze Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1974.



Crew:
Producer:

William Weintraub

Executive Producer:

James de B. Domville

Director:

John Howe

Screenwriter:

William Weintraub

Cinematographer:

Savas Kalogeras

Editor:

Marie-Hélène Guillemin

Composer:

John Howe

Cast:Roles:

Stuart Gillard
Tiiu Leek
Ken James
Budd Knapp
Henry Beckman
Sean Sullivan
Patricia Gage
Ruben Moreno
Cec Linder
Henry Ramer
Maurice Podbrey
Barry Baldaro
Patricia Hamilton
Ian De Voy
Basil Fitzgibbon
Anna Reiser
Robert Rivard
Don MacIntyre
J. Léo Gagnon
Jean-Pierre Masson
Marie-France Beaulieu
Mary Morter
Peter MacNeill
Thomas Donohue
Benoît Delépine
Kirk McColl

Harry Barnes
Julia Martin
Ronny Waldron
Fred O’Neil
Philip Butcher
Herb Scannell
Isobel Scannell
Senor Gomez
Carmichael
Club president
Guest Speaker
Benson
Hilda
Smith
Ridley
Irene
Saint-Onge
Harrison
Bartender
Lapierre
Suzanne
Miss Stevens
Peterson
Pierre Beaulac
Ski Instructor
Policeman