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John And The Missus


100 minutes – Drama
Release date: December 10, 1986
US Release date: October 23, 1987
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Set against the rugged beauty Newfoundland’s coastal landscape, John And The Missus is a romantic drama which unfolds during the early 1960s when the fate of an isolated mining community could be determined by the Government’s resettlement program. The Munn family, John, the Missus and their son, Matt, are legends in their town of Cup Cove. Not only are they the descendants of the town’s founders but they are among the most enthusiastic boosters Cup Cove`s traditional way of life. A cave-in at the mine gives the government’s representative the opportunity to close the mine permanently. The resulting crisis tests not only the deep love John and the Missus have for each other and their family, but also threatens the existence of the town itself. When the government comes to close down the pit – and by extension the town – John resists. When resistance proves futile, he literally uproots his house and sails away. John and the Missus won Genie Awards for Gordon Pinsent as best Actor and for composer Michael Conway Baker’s score.

The above still from John And The Missus was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

John and the Missues, movie poster



Peter O’Brian
John Hunter


Gabrielle Martinelli


Gordon Pinsent


Gordon Pinsent


Frank Tidy


Bruce Nyznik


Michael Conway Baker

Cast: Roles:

Gordon Pinsent
Jackie Burroughs
Randy Follett
Jessica Steen
Roland Hewgill
Timothy Webber
Neil Munro
Michael Wade
Jerry Doyle
Jane Dingle
Barry Green
Ricky Raymond
Austin Davis
Judy Furlong
Brian Downey
Kevin Noble
Lulu Keating
George Earle
Greg Thomey
Doug Seymour
Rick Hollett
Paul Steffler
Mack Furlong
Richard Clark
Jeff Pitcher
Frank Holden

John Munn
Fred Budgell
Danny Boland
Tom Noble
Sid Peddigrew
Alf Sheppard
Mavis Sheppard
Wallace Cahill
Robert Cahill
Len Peacock
Stella Peacock
Ted Pratt
Mr. Godden
Jimmy Ludlow
Old Man
Sax Player

Nish Morris