I Heard the Owl Call My Name

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Daryl Duke (1973)

U Certificate


Our Score
Adapted without condescension or overt sentimentality by director Daryl Duke, from the novel by Margaret Craven, this superior TV movie makes powerful use of the British Columbian coastscape to emphasise the grinding poverty of the native Indians who dwell there and the enormity of the task facing Tom Courtenay, as the inexperienced Anglican priest sent to minister to them. With humble support from Dean Jagger, as the bishop who sustains the novice's faith, as ignorance and isolation sap his morale, Courtenay achieves a sincerity and compassion that stands in stark contrast to his more cynical kitchen-sink persona.


A terminally ill priest is sent by his bishop to be minister to a Native Canadian coastal village. He becomes accepted into their community, and as he witnesses its gradual destruction, gains the strength to face his own fate without fear. Drama based on Margaret Craven's novel, starring Tom Courtenay and Dean Jagger.

Cast & Crew

Father Tark Brian Tom Courtenay
Bishop Dean Jagger
Jim Wallace Paul Stanley
Keetah Marianne Jones
George P Hudson George Clutesi
Alan Spencer Keith Pepper
Marta Stevens Margaret Atleo
Director Daryl Duke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video