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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1993)





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Having previously essayed the role of real-life Canadian physician/political activist Norman Bethune in a 1977 TV movie, Donald Sutherland returns to the role in the 1989 theatrical feature Bethune: The Making of a Hero. Over a period of several decades, Dr. Bethune grows increasingly disenchanted with the corrupt politics that have fomented so many wars. Radicalized during the Spanish Civil War, he declares himself by fighting with Mao Tse Tung's Chinese Communist forces against the Japanese in World War 2. He remains a staunch Mao supported in the postwar years, winning him both loyal supporters and bitter foes in the West. This warts-and-all film makes no effort to cover up Bethune's personal demons, notably his boozing and philandering. Still, one emerges from the film wishing to learn just a wee bit more about the good doctor's motivations. Bethune: The Making of a Hero was released in the US in 1993 as Doctor Bethune. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Donald Sutherland
as Dr. Norman Bethune
Helen Mirren
as Frances Penny Bethune
Helen Shaver
as Mrs. Dowd
Colm Feore
as Chester Rice
Harrison Liu
as Dr. Fong
Anouk Aimée
as Marie-France Coudaire
James Pax
as Mr. Tung
Guo Da
as Dr. Chian
Ronald Pickup
as Alan Coleman
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Archibald
Sophie Faucher
as Nurse MacKenzie
Frank Fontaine
as Dr. Williamson
Nicholas Kilbertus
as George Pilling
Yvan Ponton
as Frank Coudaire
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