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07 June 2006
Steve Bacic in The Colt- playing Longacre, company sergeant (second lead)
Filmed April 2004 in the Vancouver area.
Scheduled for a Fall 2004 Premiere on the Hallmark Channel - according to the Ryan Merriman summer newsletter.
It turned out to premiere on the Australian Hallmark channel Janury 31st, 2005, followed by the UK
Hallmark channel on February 6th.
Based on a very short story by Mikhail Sholokhov, published in 1926.
Sholokhov won the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1965 for his novel, "And Quiet Flows The Don".
The Colt concerns a soldier and his softening attitude toward a newborn horse.
The original story was set during the Russian Civil War -
this version is set during the American Civil War.
It's only five pages long, and it's from the book "Fierce and Gentle Warriors: Three Stories"
(only available used).
A Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie by Robert Halmi Productions
Director Yelena Lanskaya
Producer Robert Halmi
Screenplay by Stephen Harrigan
Lead Ryan Merriman (Veritas, The Pretender) as Jim Rabb
Second lead Steve Bacic as Longacre, company sergeant
On page three of
his spring newsletter, Ryan tells a little about The Colt - and promises behind the scenes pics, so keep
an eye on his website.
Ryan keeps his promises. On page three of his summer newsletter, Ryan has three pictures from The Colt.
Thanks to Stephen Harrigan, I can now add this:
The story has been much expanded.
It takes place during the Wilderness Campaign in Virginia in May of 1864. The lead character,
Trofim in the story, is now named Jim Rabb and is a young trooper in the union cavalry.
Steve Bacic plays his company sergeant, Longacre. Bacic's role is crucial to the movie and it
required an actor with a strong presence, both physically and emotionally. Others in the cast
include William MacDonald and Darcy Belsher (most of the actors are Canadian and the movie was
filmed in Vancouver.) The only woman character is a farm wife named Lucy, who is played by
Matthew Budgeon's Production design