Circle of Three: A Tribute to the TIFF Founders

Wild Horse Hank

Eric TillCanada94 minutes1980PGColourEnglish

Dec 1
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Wild Horse Hank was Marshall and Van der Kolk's first foray into larger productions with American stars, in this instance The Exorcist's Linda Blair and veteran actor Richard Crenna (First Blood). One of the few Canadian westerns, the film adds an ecological/animal rights element to the genre mix as young, horse-loving Hank (Blair) seeks to protect wild mustangs from being slaughtered by poachers by herding them across rugged terrain to safety on federal land. Featuring supporting turns by a slew of Canadian icons — including Al Waxman, Gordie Tapp, and even author W. O. Mitchell — Wild Horse Hank is "well staged and directed by Eric Till, with affecting performances by a cast obviously sympathetic to the subject" (Gerald Pratley).

New digital presentation courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.