Why Shoot the Teacher?

Director: Silvio Narizzano Year: 1977 Run Time: 100min
Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

Why Shoot the Teacher? is a delightful adaptation of the Max Braithwaite novel of the same name. During the great depression, Max (Cort) moves from an urban centre to the fictional prairie town of Willowgreen, Saskatchewan, where he lands the only gig he can find: a teaching position at a ramshackle schoolhouse.

As Max struggles to earn the respect of his students and explores the town’s limited romantic possibilities, his big-city views clash humourously with the rural mentality of the locals. Life in Willowgreen is tough, and Max has to prove he’s even tougher if he’s going to make it through the cold and unforgiving winter.

Winner of the Golden Reel Award for its massive box office success.


Silvio Narizzano


James Defelice


Lawrence T Hertzog


Bud Cort, Samantha Eggar, Michael J. Reynolds


Comedy, Drama




Why Shoot the Teacher? is set in Saskatchewan and filmed in Hanna, Alberta.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon