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Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks

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Harold Chamberlain Banks, a convicted felon and union strongarm, was recruited in 1949 to break up the communist-controlled unions that were blocking the country's shipping industry and to replace them with a Canadian chapter of the Seafarers' International Union (SIU). This gripping docudrama, based on eyewitness accounts and courtroom testimony, recalls thirteen turbulent years of violence and corruption during which the careers of 6 000 seamen were destroyed by the power of one man, Banks. Canada's Sweetheart recounts the events leading up to 1962, when a small group summoned the courage to stand up to Banks and his organization. This challenge resulted in the government-appointed Norris Commission hearings--a landmark in Canadian labour history.

1985, 114 min 50 s

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Gemini Award for Best Original Screenplay in a Dramatic Program (Donald Brittain and Richard Nielsen)
Gemini Awards
December 3 to 4 1986, Toronto - Canada

Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Dramatic Program (Donald Brittain)
Gemini Awards
December 3 to 4 1986, Toronto - Canada

Anik Award for Best Drama (Tied with Charlie Grant's War)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
May 14 1986, Ottawa - Canada

Nellie Award for Best Actor (Maury Chaykin)
Itinerant - Annual ACTRA Awards
April 2 1986, Toronto - Canada

Nellie Award for Best Television Direction - (Donald Brittain)
Itinerant - Annual ACTRA Awards
April 2 1986, Toronto - Canada