Terry Fleming (Adam Butcher), a bright teenager living in the far reaches of Newfoundland, Canada, is shrouded in the devastation of a world at war. It's 1945, and the tiny town of Gander serves as a stop-over for flights between North America and Europe in the final stages of WWII. When Terry's mother Violet (Deidre Gillard-Rowlings) falls badly ill, he finds himself desperately torn between his dreams of working at Gander and the realities of her illness. The 16 year-old gradually constructs a world of fantasy around the Gander air base, an illusion of showbiz,... romance and glamour. Visions of movie stars, war espionage and even falling in love with the vivacious Laurie (Joanne Kelly, Mafia Doctor) help him cope with his imminent loss. However, Terry will quickly have to choose between hiding in his imagination and confronting the hard truth. The world's evils are unforgiving to boyhood daydreams. Multi award-wining Gordon Pinsent directs this stunning fantasy-drama, also starring Peter MacNeill (A History of Violence). [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. During World War II, the usually sleepy town of Gander, Newfoundland is abuzz with activity as the stopover point for many flights between North America and the European Theatre. Teenager Terry Fleming, who lives just outside of Gander, is feeling conflicted. He wants to work in Gander so that he can have access to the plethora of movie stars and GIs flying though the area. His neighbour, Laurie Dwyer, who works at the American base in Gander in the service sector, states she can get a job for Terry, perhaps as a waiter. Terry has a secret crush on Laurie. But Terry also wants to stay at home and take care of his ailing mother, Violet, who is eventually diagnosed with diphtheria. Terry and Violet have a special bond especially over their love of the popular entertainment of the day. Frank - Terry's father and Violet's husband - doesn't quite understand it but appreciates this bond between mother and son. Terry dreams that much of the activity at the Gander Airlines Hotel is fodder for stories to his mother, stories of glamorous movie stars involved with the USO, GI's having flings with local girls who are looking to escape Gander, and war espionage.
Adam Butcher stars in this fantasy drama written and directed by Gordon Pinsent. Canadian teenager Terry Fleming (Butcher) lives in the small town of Gander in Newfoundland which, in 1945, is currently serving as a stopover point for flights between Europe and North America. When his mother falls ill, Terry finds himself torn between two lives: working on the air base or caring for the woman who gave him life.