Million Dollar Babies

Synopsis from IMDb:
The true story that shocked 1930's Canada. When a poor rural Ontario family gives birth to quintuplet, the town doctor doesn't waste a second and takes over the family. He helps to take care of the babies but soon turns the babies into a freak show. Not before long the government gets involved and the babies are a multi-million dollar industry. But how can the uneducated couple regain their babies and their lives? The Dionne quintuplets : Annette, Cécile, Émilie, Marie and Yvonne (born May 28, 1934) are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. They are the only female identical set of five ever recorded. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario, Canada.

The Dionne girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made wards of the State for the next nine years, with the government and those around them profiting by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario. In a government-built complex known as Quintland, as many as 3,000 people a day gazed at the quints through two-way mirrors installed in their residence. It is estimated that they brought $500 million (1930's value) of income to the province. They remain the most famous and most exploited of any multiple birth. The surviving quints, Annette and Cécile, live together in Montreal. In 1997, thanks to media attention, they were compensated for their exploitation as children. They say it was also a compensation to have learned that they had been a ray of sunshine for so many people around the world.


Premier of Ontario, Mitchell Hepburn posing with the quints


Roy Dupuis and Celine Bonnier
(playing parents of quintuplets)


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