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The Champions Series

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René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, two of Canada's chief political protagonists, are the focus of this series. Using rare photos, newsreel footage and interviews with close political colleagues, the film provides the background to the struggle between the two men and their ideologies. In doing so, it helps to illuminate a great crisis in Canadian history. The Champions, Part 1: Unlikely Warriors covers their early years, from university in the early 1950s through to 1967, the year Lévesque left the Liberal Party and Trudeau became the federal minister of justice (57 min. 27 sec.). The Champions, Part 2: Trappings of Power takes us to 1977, a period that saw Trudeau win three federal elections, the 1970 October Crisis, and the rise to power of the Parti Québécois (55 min. 44 sec.). The Champions, Part 3: The Final Battle covers the years between 1976 and 1986 and reveals the turbulent, behind-the-secnes dramas during the Québec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In so doing, it also traces the course of each man's fall from power and illuminates turning points in recent Canadian history.

1994, 199 min 47 s

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