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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

Canadian surgeon Dr. Norman Bethune (Donald Sutherland) journeys one thousand five hundred miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route Army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will ... See full summary »

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Phillip Borsos

Writers:

Ted Allan, Ted Allan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Norman Bethune
Helen Mirren ... Frances Penny Bethune
Helen Shaver ... Mrs. Dowd
Colm Feore ... Chester Rice
James Pax ... Mr. Tung
Da Guo Da Guo ... Dr. Chian (as Guo Da)
Harrison Liu Harrison Liu ... Dr. Fong
Anouk Aimée ... Marie-France Coudaire
Ronald Pickup ... Alan Coleman
Geoffrey Chater ... Dr. Archibald
Zong-yao Tan Zong-yao Tan ... General Nieh (as Tan Zong Yao)
Ke-Yaw Zhang Ke-Yaw Zhang ... Chairman Mao (as Zhang Ke Yaw)
Iñaki Aierra ... Dr. Salvador (as Inaki Ayerra)
Li Hai Lang Li Hai Lang ... Shiao
Yvan Ponton ... Frank Coudaire
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Canadian surgeon Dr. Norman Bethune (Donald Sutherland) journeys one thousand five hundred miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route Army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will build hospitals, provide care, and train medics. Flashbacks narrate the earlier events of his life: a bout with tuberculosis at the Trudeau sanatorium; the self-administration of an experimental pneumothorax; the invention of operative instruments; his fascination with Socialism; a journey into medical Russia; and the founding of a mobile plasma transfusion unit in war-torn Spain. Bethune twice married and twice divorced his wife, Frances (Dame Helen Mirren), who chooses abortion over child-rearing in her unstable marriage. By 1939, Bethune had been dismissed from his Montreal Hospital for taking unconventional risks and from his volunteer position in Spain for his chronic problems of drinking and womanizing. As his friend states: "China was all that was left." Even there, Bethune confidently ignores ... Written by Duffin, Jacalyn

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Country:

Canada | China | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Bethune See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Filmline International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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Donald Sutherland had previously portrayed Dr. Norman Bethune in Bethune (1977). See more »

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lost chance
9 October 1999 | by peter-209See all my reviews

The life and times of Norman Bethune represent the stuff great epic movies are made of. Unfortunately, the creators of this film missed the opportunity and spoiled everything they could. The time line is unnecessarily disordered, psychology and camera unengaging, props are fake (e.g. brand new uniforms of the Chinese soldiers). I do not comment about the politics or ideology of the film, but as art, it is overwhelmingly disappointing.


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