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John N. Smith

Highest Rated: 100% The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)

Lowest Rated: 29% Dangerous Minds (1995)

Birthday: Jul 31, 1943

Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

This earnest, socially conscious Canadian filmmaker gained international attention as the helmer and co-writer of the admirably controlled, intelligent yet ultimately devastating TV miniseries "The Boys of St. Vincent" (Canadian Broadcasting Company, 1993; shown in limited theatrical release in the US in 1994; aired on A&E cable network in 1995). A courageous investigation into the abuse of power, the film told the fact-inspired story of a orphanage in Newfoundland wherein young boys were physically and sexually assaulted by the Catholic brothers who administered the institution. Set in 1975, Part One chronicled the abuse and the collusion between the forces of Church, State and commerce that motivated a cover-up. Set 15 years later, Part Two depicted the emotional aftermath and long delayed legal process. Smith elicited strong naturalistic performances from the young boys and showcased a powerhouse portrayal of the driven and terrifying head of the orphanage by Canadian stage actor Henry Czerny. Though brooding and thoughtful, the film served as an effective Hollywood calling card for both director and star.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 38% Love & Savagery Director - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story Director - 2006
No Score Yet 60% Geraldine's Fortune Director - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Revenge of the Land Director - 2000
54% 59% A Cool, Dry Place Director - 1998
29% 64% Dangerous Minds Director $84.9M 1995
No Score Yet 44% Sugartime Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dieppe Director - 1994
100% 82% The Boys of St. Vincent Writer,
Director
- 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome to Canada Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Train of Dreams Director - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sitting in Limbo Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet First Winter Director,
Producer
- 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Star Is Lost! Producer - 1974

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