GenreDrama Music directorBen McPeek WriterGordon Pinsent LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 18, 1972 (Canada)
July 1973 (USA) CastGordon Pinsent (Will Cole), Frank Converse (Andrew Scott), Will Geer (Stan), Stuart Gillard (Constable Bill), Dawn Greenhalgh (Woman on Train) Similar moviesGordon Pinsent appears in The Rowdyman and directed John and the Missus
The Rowdyman is a 1972 comedy film with moralistic overtones, set in Newfoundland. It was written by and starred Gordon Pinsent, a native Newfoundlander. The film became a commercial hit and landed Pinsent a Canadian Film Award for Best Leading Actor.
The film is about Will Cole (Pinsent), a man in his thirties who sees no reason to take life seriously, but his antics bring pain and tragic consequences to his friends and family. He is sexually liberated and has sex with a stranger (Dawn Greenhalgh) on a train and his carelessness at work causes pain for his best friend and co-worker (Frank Converse).
The Rowdyman was filmed in Corner Brook and St. John's, and is regarded as one of the best films made about life in Newfoundland.
It was featured in the Canadian Cinema television series which aired on CBC Television in 1974.