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Having previously essayed the role of real-life Canadian physician/political activist Norman Bethune in a 1977 TV movie, Donald Sutherland returns to the role in the 1989 theatrical feature Bethune: The Making of a Hero. Over a period of several decades, Dr. Bethune grows increasingly disenchanted with the corrupt politics that have fomented so many wars. Radicalized during the Spanish Civil War, he declares himself by fighting with Mao Tse Tung's Chinese Communist forces against the Japanese in World War 2. He remains a staunch Mao supported in the postwar years, winning him both loyal supporters and bitter foes in the West. This warts-and-all film makes no effort to cover up Bethune's personal demons, notably his boozing and philandering. Still, one emerges from the film wishing to learn just a wee bit more about the good doctor's motivations. Bethune: The Making of a Hero was released in the US in 1993 as Donald Sutherland. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Michel Proulx Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee
Genie Awards Olga Dimitrov Best Costume Design 1991 Winner
Genie Awards Ronald Fauteux Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee
Genie Awards Raoul Coutard Best Cinematography 1991 Nominee
Genie Awards Phillip Borsos Best Director 1991 Nominee
Genie Awards Enrique Alarcon Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee

Cast

Donald Sutherland
as Dr. Norman Bethune
Helen Mirren
as Frances Penny Bethune
Helen Shaver
as Mrs. Dowd
Harrison Liu
as Dr. Fong
Colm Feore
as Chester Rice
Anouk Aimée
as Marie-France Coudaire
James Pax
as Mr. Tung
Ronald Pickup
as Alan Coleman
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Archibald
Sophie Faucher
as Nurse MacKenzie
Frank Fontaine
as Dr. Williamson
Nicholas Kilbertus
as George Pilling
Yvan Ponton
as Frank Coudaire
James Hong
Yvan Ponton
as Frank Coudaire
Nicholas Kilbertus
as George Pilling
Sophie Faucher
as Nurse MacKenzie
Frank Fontaine
as Dr. Williamson
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Archibald

Crew

Phillip Borsos
Director
Nicolas Clermont
Producer
Pieter Kroonenburg
Producer
Michael Molloy
Cinematographer
Raoul Coutard
Cinematographer
Angelo Corrao
Editor
Michel Proulx
Art Director
Enrique Alarcon
Art Director
Ronald Fauteux
Art Director
Olga Dimitrov
Costume Designer
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