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Silence of the North (1981)

PG | | Drama | 23 October 1981 (Canada)
Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in ... See full summary »


Allan King (as Allan Winton King)


Olive Frederickson (based on the book written by: "The Silence of the North"), Ben East (based on the book written by: "The Silence of the North") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Olive Frederickson
Tom Skerritt ... Walter Reamer
Gordon Pinsent ... John Frederickson
Jennifer McKinney ... Little Olive Reamer
Donna Dobrijevic Donna Dobrijevic ... Vala Reamer
Jeff Banks Jeff Banks ... Lewis Reamer
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Arthur Herriott
David Fox ... Lea Goodwin
Richard W. Farrell Richard W. Farrell ... John Goodwin (as Richard Farrell)
Larry Reynolds ... The Auctioneer
Frank C. Turner ... Young Man (as Frank Turner)
Ute Blunck Ute Blunck ... Young Woman
Thomas Hauff ... Billy
Freddie Lang Freddie Lang ... Fiddler
Dennis Robinson Dennis Robinson ... Nels


Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in northern Alberta Canada from the early 1900's through to the Depression. Written by markyoloup

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A True Story of Hope and Survival in the Wilderness See more »




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Release Date:

23 October 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the North See more »


Box Office


CAD8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$344,837, 25 October 1981

Gross USA:


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Universal Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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In real life Olive Fredrickson first migrated to the frozen Northern Alberta landscape in Canada in 1919 which is when this picture is predominantly set. See more »


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Silence of the North...one of the best adventure movies of all time!
10 January 2006 | by ronjammersSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the best adventure movies that we've ever watched, as a family. The only thing we did not like was the G-Damn's and a very few other not so nice words...but we say again...very few. This movie is well worth watching and owning. The opening/closing song is also a very catchy one...we love it! If you like the outdoors and also to see that we, as in all of us, aren't the only ones with problems...you will for sure like this exciting and interesting movie.

The best part of this movie is to see that although we have problems in life, when we stick with it, we can overcome them, when it's possible. This movie reminds us of "The Adventures of the Wilderness Family" One, Two and the third one which is called "Mountain Family Robinson" (The family's last name). They are 1970 vintage but are awesome movies, as well. These three were voted the best movies, made by an independent studio, for all of the 1970's. These four movies have a lot of outdoor interests. Both family's have their very scary moments. There are different sorts of tragedies. There is sadness in both of these movies but they are both balanced by the other side of life, as well. All of these are the way we would like to live...away from the city and it's polluted air, foods, medications, allergies and live more like people did, that come from earlier North America. If you watch this movie,you will never be sorry... (Can you tell that this is my first review ever? Ha! Ha!)

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