Dream On The Run (lost Canadian crime film; 1977)
Dream On The Run is a Canadian made-for-TV crime film which aired on Global TV in 1977. The film had an incredibly small cast and production team, with John Edwards, Nicky Fylan and Ken Gord being responsible for most aspects of the film's creation. The movie was a low-budget project backed by the now defunct Circle Productions. The plot follows an ex-con who is struggling to go straight after getting out of prison. While promotional material, production stills and vinyl pressings of the soundtrack exist, the film itself is currently lost.
When asked about the film in 2022, producer Ken Gord explained that he does not own a copy. The film was distributed on 16 mm and has a runtime of 82 minutes.
Premise[edit | edit source]
The following synopsis comes from a promotional poster made around the time of the film’s release.
“Trying to settle back into society after getting out of prison is not an easy thing. You can't count on anyone; you have to scramble for yourself.
When Jay gets out after several years in prison, the only person to greet him is Mickey, a smalltime operator who has always skirted the edges of the law. Jay wants to go straight. But this time, doors close in his face. Once a con, always a con, or so it would seem.
Inevitably, Jay finds himself in the midst of a bad deal, guilty of another crime and chased by the loan shark who financed the entire operation.
Desperation boils over to the point where the man who wanted to go straight finds himself surrounded by the police, as he stands over two dead bodies.”
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
The soundtrack for Dream On The Run was released as a vinyl LP and is currently available for second-hand purchase through various sellers. The album was distributed through Periwinkle Records, and is credited to the Toronto country rock band The Good The Bad and The Ugly. The album's track listing can be found on Discogs.
Production[edit | edit source]
Dream On The Run was written and directed by John Edwards and Nicky Fylan (AKA Nicola Filazzola), and produced by Ken Gord. Edwards and Fylan also starred in leading roles, playing characters Jay and Nicky respectivley. Other cast members included Gloria Gagnon as Gloria, Jack Lalonde as Jack, and Susan Minas. Editing and sound was done by Vince Hatherly, while photography was done by Lance Carlson and Ed Hunt.
Not much information exists on the production company, Circle Productions. Its former headquarters was 1437 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario. The film had no distributor to speak of.
Based on documents in TIFF's archives, Cinema Canada appears to be responsible for promoting the film.
Availability[edit | edit source]
The record number for the film in the TIFF Film Reference Library is FRL-38942, although the associated file only contains production information and photographs from the film. As of writing, the soundtrack has not yet been digitized.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Info comes from TIFF Film Reference Library file; disclosed in email corrospondence
- The Point of Returns Ken Dancyger, Cinema Canada, December 1976/ January 1977 Retrieved 03 Mar '22
- Dream on the run film reference file, FRL-38942, TIFF Film Reference Library Retrieved 27 Feb '22
- In Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada, pp. 39–40, FRL-38942, Rist, P, 2001 Retrieved 27 Feb '22
- Dream on the Run (1976), BFI Retrieved 27 Feb '22
- Dream on the Run - Original Soundtrack Recording, The Good The Band and The Ugly, Periwinkle Records, 1974 Retrieved 27 Feb '22