Henry Czerny and Brian Markinston star in two-hour movie event revealing
the man behind 2005 RCMP Tragedy
TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - On March 3, 2005, James Roszko, a heavily-armed,
habitual criminal, ambushed and gunned down four, young RCMP officers near
Mayerthorpe, AB. The horrifying event was the RCMP's greatest loss of life in
a single day and left an entire country asking "why"? As the three-year
anniversary of the tragedy nears, the question still remains. CTV announced
today the premiere of Mayerthorpe, a chilling dramatization of the events
leading up to the RCMP massacre, premiering on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET,
exclusively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The two-hour, CTV
Original Movie stars Gemini Award-winning actor Henry Czerny (The Tudors,
Fido) and Brian Markinson (Charlie Wilson's War, Eight Days to Live).
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Mayerthorpe is the gut-wrenching account of the years, months and days
leading up to March 3, 2005 - the date well-known local criminal Jimmy Roszko
murdered four RCMP officers on his farm. The movie reveals Roszko's story, a
man who terrorized his community for years with threats and intimidation, yet
somehow managed to avoid a lengthy jail sentence despite facing numerous
arrests and criminal charges. Mayerthorpe examines the decade-long battle
between Roszko (Brian Markinson) and the local RCMP, headed by fictional
character Corporal Alex Stanton (Henry Czerny). As their relationship becomes
increasingly tense, the movie hurtles towards a violent and bitter conclusion
to Roszko's life of crime - the day that many believed was inevitable.
"Mayerthorpe is thoughtfully written and produced and exquisitely acted,"
said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "The
movie is both a poignant tribute to the RCMP officers who died that day as
well as a complex portrait of a national tragedy. It will generate many
questions that deserve to be answered."
Mayerthorpe is a testament to the strength and dedication of the families
of the four slain officers and the RCMP. Valuable input from family members
during the process helped set the tone for the movie to be as accurate as
possible, both historically and emotionally.
"This movie is dedicated to the officers and their surviving families,"
said Mayerthorpe Executive Producer Tom Cox. "We are honoured to have been
given a chance to tell their story, while presenting an honest portrayal about
the state of our current justice system."
Filmed in Calgary and the southern Alberta towns of Irricana and Cochrane
in March 2006, Mayerthorpe also stars Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn't Live Here
Anymore, Wild at Heart) as Roszko's mother; Ben Cotton (Whistler, Taken) as
Constable Leo Johnston; Adam MacDonald (The Audrey Hepburn Story, Hysteria) as
Constable Peter Schiemann; Ty Olsson (Men in Trees, Flash Gordon) as Constable
Brock Myrol; and Gordon Rand (The Path to 9/11, Everest '82) as Constable
Mayerthorpe is developed and produced by SEVEN24 Films and Slanted Wheel
Entertainment in association with CTV. The movie is executive produced by Tom
Cox (Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert
Ford), Jon Slan (Wyatt Earp, Kissinger & Nixon) and Jordy Randall (Brokeback
Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Rachel
Rafelman (Plague City: SARS in Toronto, Alice I Think) is co-executive
producer. The screenplay is written by Andrew Wreggitt (Shades of Black, One
Dead Indian) and is directed by Ken Girotti (3 Lbs, 24). Kathleen Meek is
CTV's production executive overseeing the movie. Louise Clark is
Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President,
Creative, Content and Channels for CTV Inc.
Mayerthorpe is the latest dramatic title from CTV's Signature Series,
CTV's original movie production strand that features programming dealing with
social issues of national importance. Previous titles that have enjoyed
critical and ratings success include 2007 Best TV Movie Gemini winner
Doomstown, in addition to, among others, Sticks and Stones, Last Exit, Selling
Innocence, One Dead Indian, Plague City, Milgaard, The Sheldon Kennedy Story,
Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story and
Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story. Upcoming Signature Series movies slated
for broadcast include The Terrorist Next Door. CTV's Signature Series was
established in 1997.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
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Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
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For further information:
For further information: Renée Horton, CTV Inc. at (416) 332-5374 or