Pirate's Passage

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PIRATE'S PASSAGE is an animated, made-for-television film based on William Gilkerson's critically acclaimed novel. Produced and co-written by Canadian screen icon Donald Sutherland along with co-writer, Brad Peyton, Sutherland also stars as the voice of the lead character, Captain Johnson. 

Set in 1952 Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia -- a centuries old town that was famous 250 years ago as a favoured port of pirates -- PIRATE'S PASSAGE follows the story of 12-year-old Jim. Fraught by the death of his father and forced to endure schoolyard bullying each day, Jim manages to carry on, buoyed by his optimistic imagination and fueled by his sense of adventure. His widowed mother struggles to keep their livelihood, the Admiral Anson Inn, from being sold. It is an ongoing battle until the sudden arrival of Captain Johnson, whose small sailboat has been thrown off course by a storm, changes the family's life. 

The Captain, under the distrustful eye of Meg, the inn's housekeeper, quickly inserts himself as a mentor and friend to Jim, helping him with his school essay on pirates and, while he's at it, giving him extraordinary lessons in self-reliance and determination. Soon, Jim turns the tables, developing a liberating self-assurance all his own that so deeply touches the Captain that he allows Jim to see evidence that the Captain may be more than meets the eye. Is Captain Johnson the same Charles Johnson who was a pirate there two hundred years ago? What does he mean when he talks about the "pirates" of today? The lad goes with him on a literal journey into the past to find out and emerges able to navigate the course of his life.


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CBC UNVEILS WINTER 2015 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN NEW TITLES AND RETURNING FAVOURITES

CBC UNVEILS WINTER 2015 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN NEW TITLES AND RETURNING FAVOURITES

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CBC REVEALS LINEUP FOR 2014-15 TELEVISION SEASON, FEATURING RETURNING HITS AND 12 NEW PRIMETIME TITLES

CBC REVEALS LINEUP FOR 2014-15 TELEVISION SEASON, FEATURING RETURNING HITS AND 12 NEW PRIMETIME TITLES

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CBC Primetime Programming NEW - Season Launch 2014-2015

CBC Primetime Programming NEW - Season Launch 2014-2015

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  • Program Name

    Pirate's Passage

  • Program Type

    Television Show

  • Appears On

    CBC CBC Movies

  • Genre

    Arts & Entertainment

  • Schedule

    Premieres winter 2015 on CBC Television
    Jan 4 @ 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

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