I purchased this movie to show to my Grade 8 students as part of a unit on Confederation after one of my students told me she had seen it on CBC. Excited that there was finally a movie about John A. available, I took a chance and ordered it without having seen it.
As it turns out, it was money well spent. This movie was an excellent way to bring John A., Georges-Étienne Cartier and George Brown to life for my students. They were particularly drawn in by John A's charisma, and they loved the dramatic tension between John A. and George Brown.
For my teaching purposes, I wish that the movie continued right up to the Conferences and to Confederation in 1867 - but these are covered in the Canada: A People's History videos, which I also use in my teaching (but are far less interesting). The title is a bit misleading in that the movie ends long before the birth of the country. But this is still an excellent addition to the Grade 8 history curriculum. If you are a teacher, you may also want to follow up with a few of the video clips from [...]. The kids loved those too.
If you're a Canadian history buff, you'll love it too. Well worth the money and highly recommended.