Norman Jewison, the determined director
CBC Television convinced journalist Peter Gzowski to front this late-night talk show after the success at the helm of CBC Radio's This Country in The Morning. In 1976, late-night talk shows were new territory for CBC Television, and the show was panned from the start. But Gzowski soldiered on for two seasons, interviewing a host of personalities five nights a week at 11:30 p.m.
Unflinchingly candid, Jewison speaks bluntly about Hollywood's reluctance to finance movies such as F.I.S.T. that deal with social injustice. "It was difficult to raise the money to make the film," he says. "American studios really don't like to deal with too many subjects that have any smack of controversy about them. It's always difficult to make a film that deals with a serious subject like the labour movement and the creation of unions in North America."
• F.I.S.T. was Sylvester Stallone's first film after winning critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Rocky in 1976. F.I.S.T. also featured Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle, and Melinda Dillon.
• A former editor of Maclean's, Peter Gzowski joined CBC Radio in 1971 as host of This Country in the Morning. He left in 1977 to become host of 90 Minutes Live, an ill-fated late night television show that was cancelled after two seasons. He rejoined CBC Radio in 1982 to host Morningside, earning a place in the hearts of millions of Canadians as the best broadcaster in the country. Gzowski died on Jan. 24, 2002 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, due to emphysema.
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: April 26, 1978
Guest(s): Norman Jewison
Host: Peter Gzowski
Film footage from 'F.I.S.T.' courtesy Chateau Productions.
Last updated: February 8, 2013
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