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The Stork Derby (2002)

The story of a bizarre bequest of a wealthy late Canadian lawyer: the woman who birthed the most children in the City of Toronto within a certain time period would inherit a fortune in the midst of the Great Depression.


Mario Azzopardi


Karyn Nolan (screenplay), Elizabeth Wilton (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Follows ... Kate Harrington
Pascale Montpetit ... Vivianne Kennelly
Terry Simpson Terry Simpson ... Mike Kennelly
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Maggie Kennelly
Joshua Archambault Joshua Archambault ... Bobby Kennelly
Ellen David ... Gina Bonaggio
Giuseppe Tancredi Giuseppe Tancredi ... Tony Bonaggio
Janine Theriault ... Colleen Brant
Edward Yankie Edward Yankie ... Lenny Maddox
R.H. Thomson ... Hugh McLean
Eric Peterson ... Max Macleod
John Neville ... Mr. Cunningham
Stuart Hughes ... Sam Gregory
Ian Finlay Ian Finlay ... James Crandell
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Reverend Sinclair


In 1926, when Charles Millar a wealthy never-married lawyer, died in Toronto, Canada, it was discovered that he had bequeathed a million dollars to the woman in Toronto who would have the most babies in the ten years after his death! This 'news' made headlines around the world and created one of the very first media frenzies that became known as the 'The Great Toronto Stork Derby'. The Toronto Daily Star sponsored race-coverage that spanned more than ten years, culminating in a sensational court case. What was perceived by many as a sick joke, proved tragic for many others, especially the poor and disenfranchised, who saw in this an opportunity to finally break free from the harsh and grueling realities of the thirties. The three front-runners were soon identified. The first was Vivianne Kennelly, a feisty, uneducated woman of French Canadian heritage, a devoted mother who believed that she had psychic relationship with the deceased Mr. Millar and that he had assured her that she ... Written by Betty Palik

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Drama | History






English | French

Release Date:

8 January 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stork Derby See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Good story, but poorly executed
28 October 2005 | by rogulusSee all my reviews

Three things I noticed about this production:

1. As a previous poster noted, there was too much shouting.

2. It was too preachy. The storyline itself is enough to make one ponder, but the messages were pushed too hard.

3. Plot exposition was handled poorly. Characters had unnatural words scripted for them. I understand that the audience needs to know what is happening and which character is which, but too often one hears characters delivering awkward lines purely for the purpose of exposition. Subtitles explaining things would have been less distracting than characters using words that would not be used in normal conversation.

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