Samuel Lount (film)

Samuel Lount is a Canadian drama film, released in 1985.[1]

Samuel Lount
Directed byLaurence Keane
Written byLaurence Keane
Phil Savath
Produced byElvira Lount
StarringR. H. Thomson
David Fox
Booth Savage
Linda Griffiths
CinematographyMarc Champion
Edited byRichard Martin
Music byKitarō
Moonshine Productions
Release date
  • September 12, 1985 (1985-09-12) (TIFF)
Running time
97 minutes

A historical drama set during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, the film stars R. H. Thomson as Samuel Lount, an organizer of the rebellion who was ultimately convicted of treason and executed in 1838.[2] The film's cast also includes Linda Griffiths as Lount's wife Elizabeth, David Fox as David Willson, Booth Savage as Edward Kennedy, Richard Donat as Samuel Jarvis, Andrew Gillies as Francis Bond Head, Cedric Smith as William Lyon Mackenzie, and Donald Davis as John Strachan.[2]

The film was produced by Elvira Lount, a direct descendant of Samuel's brother, and directed by Laurence Keane.[3] It premiered at the 1985 Toronto International Film Festival,[4] and received a limited further theatrical release[1] before being distributed primarily as a television film on CBC Television in 1986.[5]

The film received five Genie Award nominations at the 7th Genie Awards in 1986, for Best Actor (Thomson), Best Cinematography (Marc Champion), Best Costume Design (Olga Dimitrov), Best Editing (Richard Martin) and Best Sound Editing (Michael O'Farrell).[6] It did not win any of the awards.

Part of it took place in Sharon Temple.


  1. ^ a b "A little-known Canadian hero gets his due". Ottawa Citizen, February 11, 1987.
  2. ^ a b "Winnipeg director can't quite end it all: Half-cooked Crime Wave". The Globe and Mail, September 14, 1985.
  3. ^ "Elvira Lount's family history inspired movie". Toronto Star, March 27, 1986.
  4. ^ "Festival's lineup of stars jockey for time in limelight". Toronto Star, September 11, 1985.
  5. ^ "A Canadian tale of courage; Samuel Lount's story makes exciting CBC film". Montreal Gazette, March 22, 1986.
  6. ^ "Joshua, American Cousin lead pack in Genie pursuit". The Globe and Mail, February 14, 1986.

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