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The Bay Boy (1985)

The Bay Boy (1985)

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Kiefer Sutherland won a Genie Award for his performance in Bay Boy. In 1937 Nova Scotia, Donald Campbell (Sutherland) lives with his dirt-poor parents (Liv Ullmann and Peter Donat). His folks hope that Donald will enter the priesthood, but he isn't keen on this. For one thing, he harbors "unnatural" feelings towards a nun; for another, one of the local priests has made sexual advances towards him. Donald prefers to spend his time with pretty sisters Saxon and Dianna (Leah Pinsent and Jane McKinnon) -- but even this becomes untenable when the boy witnesses a homicidal hate crime committed by the girls' father, police constable Tom Coldwell (Alan Scarfe). It is in this intolerable atmosphere that Donald finally comes of age, which is the point to which the film is leading. Weighed down with an unnecessarily complex script, Kiefer Sutherland comes off quite well in Bay Boy; the other performers -- even the estimable Liv Ullmann -- tend to be one-note stereotypes.

Cast

Kiefer Sutherland
as Donald Campbell
Liv Ullmann
as Mrs. Campbell
Alan Scarfe
as Sergeant Tom Coldwell
Peter Donat
as Mr. Campbell
Mathieu Carriere
as Father Chaisson
Isabelle Mejias
as Mary McNeil
Leah King Pinsent
as Saxon Coldwell
Jane McKinnon
as Dianna Coldwell
Peter Spence
as Joe Campbell
Chris Wiggins
as Chief Charles McInnes
Thomas Peacocke
as Father McKinnon
Josephine Chaplin
as Marie Chaisson
David Ferry
as Walt Roach
Pauline Lafont
as Janine Chaisson
Roy McMullin
as Paul Ratchford
Kathy McGuire
as Sister Roberta
Robbie Gallivan
as Frank Carrey
Bob Rose
as Danny McIssac
Brian Robert Rose
as Danny McIssac
Darren Arsenault
as Malcolm Broderick
Fannie Shore
as Mrs. Silver
Sander Zilbert
as Mr. Silver
Tom Rack
as Sol Silver
Robert Taylor
as Paddy O'Neil
Joe MacPherson
as Rory McInnes
Kevin McKenzie
as Mr. Rankin
Iris Currie
as Mrs. Carrey
Francis MacNeil
as Terry O'Shea
Michael Egyes
as Basil Broderick
Mary MacKinnon
as Aunt Coldwell
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Kiefer Sutherland is so young and adorably fresh faced in this movie. it used to be on tv every once in awhile but not anymore which is a shame because it is a good movie that more people should discover. even in this early performance you could tell he was going to go far in his career with his blend of sweetness,charm, and passionate intensity. I have seen him in some movies where he rises above the material of a less than great movie. this movie is quite good from what I remember so I am not talking about in this case but in the last days of frankie the fly for example etc. I just wish I could watch it again on a channel that hopefully does not have commercials.

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blair knight
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I enjoyed this movie. Kiefer Sutherland plays a boy growing up in Maritime Canada. The Bay boy goes through one crisis after another -- from an invalid brother, the death of a sister, advances by the town slut, advances by a priest, what to do when he witnesses his neighbour murdering an elderly couple, etc.

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