The Rowdyman

The Rowdyman is a 1972 comedy film with moralistic overtones, set in Newfoundland. It was written by and starred native Newfoundlander Gordon Pinsent. The film was a commercial hit and Pinsent won the Canadian Film Award for Best Leading Actor.

The Rowdyman
Directed byPeter Carter
Produced byLawrence Dane
Written byGordon Pinsent
StarringGordon Pinsent
Will Geer
Frank Converse
Linda Goranson
Music byBen McPeek
CinematographyEdmund Long
Edited byMichael Manne
Distributed byCrawley Films
Release date
  • May 18, 1972 (1972-05-18) (Canada)
  • July 1973 (1973-07) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes
Budget$350,000 (est)

The film is about Will Cole (Pinsent). In his thirties, he doesn't take life seriously, but his antics bring pain and tragic consequences to friends and family. He is sexually liberated and has sex with a stranger (Dawn Greenhalgh) on a train and his carelessness at work causes pain for his best friend and co-worker (Frank Converse).

The Rowdyman was filmed in Corner Brook and St. John's, and is regarded as one of the best films about life in Newfoundland.

It was featured in the Canadian Cinema television series which aired on CBC Television in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Canadian Cinema". Canadian Communications Foundation. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

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