'Crazy Canucks' and cheddar cheese

DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

Local ski-heads are going to want to see this one. In ways, I'd prefer a documentary that could capture a moment in time. But on the other hand, a movie recreation - with 21st century visual technology added - can add a flash and dash to those moments in time.

And when it's a skiing movie, a little flash and dash is a good thing.

The moment in time here was the one in the mid-'70s as lived by Ken Read, Jungle Jim Hunter, Dave Irwin, Dave Murray and Steve Podborski - skiing's Crazy Canucks.

They were to skiing for Canada what the Oilers were to Northern Alberta: homegrown heroes making an international impact.

The mad bombers of downhill are the focus of an Alberta-produced, Austria-filmed TV flick - called Crazy Canucks, if you can believe it! - that is a lot better than you might expect it to be. A lot better than these things used to be.

Sure it has its share of cheese (at least it's cheddar!), but it's more about telling the story than being a soap opera.

And there's the soundtrack! Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business. That song was always Stompin' Tom amped up to 11. Add the Guess Who's No Time; plus Crowbar's Rush; Lighthouse, One Fine Morning - It doesn't get much more Canadian than that.

Crazy Canucks airs Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. on CTV (Ch. 2).


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