Win, Again!
GenreDrama
Written byGordon Pinsent
Directed byEric Till
StarringGordon Pinsent
Gabrielle Rose
Michael Riley
Leah Pinsent
Eric Peterson
Theme music composerMark Korven
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerRobert Sherrin
CinematographyNikos Evdemon
EditorT.C. Martin
Running time90 minutes
Original release
NetworkCBC Television
ReleaseJanuary 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)

Win, Again! is a Canadian television film, which was broadcast by CBC Television in 1999.[1] Directed by Eric Till, the film stars Gordon Pinsent as Win Morrissey, a man from Nova Scotia who abandoned his family 16 years earlier to go on the run after being accused of a crime he did not commit, and is now returning home to reconcile with them after finally being exonerated.

The film also stars Gabrielle Rose as Win's wife Lois, who has moved on with a career in real estate and a new boyfriend; Michael Riley as their son John, a successful urban planner living in Toronto who resents his father's absence from his childhood; Leah Pinsent as John's girlfriend Julie; and Eric Peterson as Win's brother Cliff.[2] Martha Gibson and Lawrence Dane also appear in supporting roles.[3]

The film was Gordon Pinsent's first time ever acting in a project directly alongside his daughter Leah; although he had made a guest appearance in her sitcom Made in Canada the previous year, they did not have any scenes together at that time.[1]

Gordon Pinsent was also the film's writer. It had originally been conceived and written as a six-episode drama series, but after several years of production delays caused by budget cutbacks at the CBC, the network asked Pinsent to condense it into a film.[4]

The film was broadcast by CBC Television on January 17, 1999.[3]

Awards

Award Date of Ceremony Category Nominees Result Reference
Gemini Awards November 7, 1999 Best Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Gordon Pinsent Nominated [5]
Best Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Gabrielle Rose Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Michael Riley Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Leah Pinsent Nominated
Best Original Music in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Mark Korven Nominated
Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Gordon Pinsent Won [6]

References

  1. ^ a b David Barber, "Father and child reunion: On screen and off, Win, Again! benefits from family ties". The Globe and Mail, January 16, 1999.
  2. ^ Pat Lee, "Pinsent pleased to get movie on TV despite change in format". Brantford Expositor, January 16, 1999.
  3. ^ a b Bonnie Malleck, "Pinsent has best role in years: Bittersweet drama Win, Again! was also written by veteran actor". Waterloo Region Record, January 16, 1999.
  4. ^ Distin Dinoff, "Pinsent plays role of writer". Playback, October 4, 1999.
  5. ^ "CTV's Milgaard leads 1999 Gemini awards". Kamloops Daily News, September 22, 1999.
  6. ^ John McKay, "Milgaard and Da Vinci top Gemini winners". Whitehorse Star, November 8, 1999.