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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

168 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune journeys 1500 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...See moreCanadian surgeon Norman Bethune journeys 1500 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 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 the advice of Chinese officials, until heavy casualties make him realize his mistake and lead him to a spectacular apology. Written by Duffin, Jacalyn See less
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Writer
Ted Allan (novel)
Composer
Alan Reeves (music composed by)
Cinematographers
Raoul Coutard (photographed by) | Mike Molloy (photographed by)
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Updated Aug 27, 1990

Release date
Sep 17, 1993 (United States)

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Donald Sutherland
Dr. Norman Bethune Dr. Norman Bethune   See fewer
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Helen Mirren
Frances Penny Bethune Frances Penny Bethune   See fewer
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Helen Shaver
Mrs. Dowd Mrs. Dowd   See fewer
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Colm Feore
Chester Rice Chester Rice   See fewer
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James Pax
Mr. Tung Mr. Tung   See fewer
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Dr. Chian (as Guo Da) Dr. Chian (as Guo Da)   See fewer
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Dr. Fong Dr. Fong   See fewer
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Marie-France Coudaire Marie-France Coudaire   See fewer
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Zong-yao Tan
General Nieh (as Tan Zong Yao) General Nieh (as Tan Zong Yao)   See fewer
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Ke-Yaw Zhang
Chairman Mao (as Zhang Ke Yaw) Chairman Mao (as Zhang Ke Yaw)   See fewer
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Dr. Salvador (as Inaki Ayerra) Dr. Salvador (as Inaki Ayerra)   See fewer
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George Pilling George Pilling   See fewer
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Frank Fontaine
Dr. Williamson Dr. Williamson   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 295 votes