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Elijah (2007) Online
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Genre :
Movie / Drama
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Directror :
Paul Unwin
Cast :
Billy Merasty,Tina Louise Bomberry,Gregory 'Dominic' Odjig
Writer :
Blake Corbet
Budget :
CAD 5,000,000
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Elijah (2007) Online

Credited cast:
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty - Elijah Harper
Tina Louise Bomberry Tina Louise Bomberry - Elizabeth Harper
Gregory 'Dominic' Odjig Gregory 'Dominic' Odjig - Teenage Elijah
Michael Peterson Michael Peterson - 5-year-old Elijah
Lola Sanchez Lola Sanchez - Cassandra Harper
Currie Graham Currie Graham - Gary Filmon
Glen Gould Glen Gould - Phil Fontaine
Siigwan Ferland Siigwan Ferland - Teen Holly Harper
Gary Farmer Gary Farmer - Ray
Maury Chaykin Maury Chaykin - Howard Pawley
Rachelle White Wind Arbez Rachelle White Wind Arbez - Young Elizabeth Harper
Lorne Cardinal Lorne Cardinal - Chief Archie
Morris Birdyellowhead Morris Birdyellowhead - Charcoal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik J. Berg Erik J. Berg - Random kid
Mariam Bernstein Mariam Bernstein - Nurse

User reviews



Elijah Harper holding an eagle feather is as vivid a visual of Canadian history as Terry Fox running or Paul Henderson jumping. That scene is captured in this biopic that shows the makings of a hero. The film starts off with the early life of Elijah. The first 40 minutes is done with satirical humour and snappy editing and voice over in the style of Michael Moore's documentaries. The film segues into the dramatic life of Elijah's political career. In between Harper's political struggles are scenes of his personal struggles with his wife and children. His fight against solvent/drug abuse is shown as a major issue in his life, from his gas sniffing youth, to his anger over his daughter's marijuana experimenting, and the "Indian Finder" scene that propels his courage in the political realm. The main story shows how Elijah Harper and his First Nations crew including Chief Archie (Lorne Cardinal) and Phil Fontaine (Glen Gould) stopped the Meech Lake Accord from passing, a piece of legislation that would have been, in their opinion, devastating for First Nations. Cardinal, as he is on TV's "Corner Gas", is comic relief and actor Glen Gould bears a striking resemblance to Chief Fontaine. Besides "Corner Gas", the cast of "North of 60" is also well represented, especially by Wilma "Elsie" Pelly who plays Elijah's Old Woman Spiritual Guide at important intervals in his life. Errol Kinistino, who starred on both CTV series, has a small speaking role but is not mentioned in IMDb's cast list. Also absent in the IMDb list is the soundtrack which is dominated by lively surf music and snippets of Earl Thomas's song "Elijah Rock". The best thing about this film is the revival of Billy Merasty's career. I met Mr. Merasty right at the beginning of his career after making "Justice Denied" and stayed in touch with his career through a co-worker who happened to be Billy's first cousin. I wanted to like this film and I did. Merasty showed the essence of Harper's personality and many scenes(like his painful phone call to wife and daughter) show how well he has honed his craft. I hope he and his film will get some recognition with the Geminis (Canadian Emmys) roll around.


The Meech Lake debacle was a pivotal event in Canadian political history. The film tells the story of Elijah Harper, a first nations icon fortuitously situated in the Manitoba LegislatureIt is, at once, a serious portrait of the times and a highly entertaining examination of Harpers life and the events which put him at the throat of Canada. The actual politics of the matter were tedious, even for a political junkie like me. This film gave me a new appreciation of the issues,as well as a valuable,and hopefully useful, perspective on aboriginal people and some of their challenging issues. Bottom line, this is a well made film, episodic and clearly designed to use humor to teach history. It should be shown in Canada's classrooms.


I think Billy Merasty was good as usual as he is in any of his roles. I'm a little surprised that Billy didn't have a mustache that the real Elijah Harper had. I know that's not an important thing or anything... just thought I'd mention it.

But the point to this story is that Elijah Harper is in fact a real hero not only to the Cree people as well as all the First Nations people throughout Turtle Island but to some in the Canadian political scene since it prevented Quebec from separating from Canada (Quebec would never make it on their own anyways). But that's a different matter altogether. I don't think Meech Lake would have worked regardless even if Elijah didn't say the all-powerful "no".

Anyways.... that's why I gave this one a 7.