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Loyalties (1987)

R | | Drama | 21 March 1987 (USA)
Lily and her three youngest children join her husband David Sutton, a doctor in an isolated northern Alberta town. Their eleven-year-old son arrives later from boarding school. David ... See full summary »


Anne Wheeler


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Welsh ... David Sutton
Tantoo Cardinal ... Rosanne Ladouceur
Susan Wooldridge ... Lily Sutton
Vera Martin Vera Martin ... Beatrice Ladouceur
Diane Debassige Diane Debassige ... Leona Ladouceur
Tom Jackson ... Eddy Cardinal
Christopher Barrington-Leigh Christopher Barrington-Leigh ... Robert Sutton
Jeffrey R. Smith ... Nicholas Sutton (as Jeffrey Smith)
Meredith Rimmer Meredith Rimmer ... Naomi Sutton
Alexander Tribiger Alexander Tribiger ... Jeremy Sutton (as Alexander)
Jonathan Tribiger Jonathan Tribiger ... Jeremy Sutton
Yolanda Cardinal Yolanda Cardinal ... Lisa Ladouceur
Dale Willier Dale Willier ... Jesse Ladouceur
Wesley Semenovich Wesley Semenovich ... Wayne Ladouceur
Janet Wright ... Audrey Sawchuk


Lily and her three youngest children join her husband David Sutton, a doctor in an isolated northern Alberta town. Their eleven-year-old son arrives later from boarding school. David conceals a dark secret which caused the family to leave England without telling anybody. They befriend a neighbor Rosanne, who throws out her boyfriend after he beats her up in a bar. Lily, who is very English and out of place in the town, hires the half-Native Rosanne as a housekeeper, and eventually the two women become good friends, until the secret emerges again. Written by Will Gilbert

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21 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Abgründe See more »

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Alberta, Canada See more »

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Composer/Author: M. John Hodgson (as John Hodgson)
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Unforgettable (at least for me)
16 June 2005 | by RohanSJSee all my reviews

I'm amazed how well I remember this film, nearly 20 years after the only time I saw it. It paints a compelling picture of an outsider family's relationship with the small town in which it's arrived. The relationship has both overt and covert elements, and at the beginning of the film the viewer is let in on the secret of which the townspeople are unaware. I think that's part of what made this film so captivating for me: there was no whodunit aspect to distract me, so I was able to get fully immersed in the complexities of the developing relationships.

This is no Hollywood good-guys-vs.-bad-guys movie. There are shades of grey, and difficult tradeoffs.

I highly recommend this film. It's a shame that it doesn't seem to have received exposure outside Canada, as its themes are universal.

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