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A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant... See full summary »

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John Kent Harrison

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Simon Vaughan (story), John Goldsmith | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Harry Colebourn
Gil Bellows ... Colonel Barret
David Suchet ... General Hallholland
Stephen Fry ... Protheroe
Jonathon Young ... Macray
Aaron Ashmore ... Corporal Randy Taylor
Ted Atherton ... Captain Elliot
Robert Gauvin Robert Gauvin ... Sgt. Major Picard
Joshua J. Ballard Joshua J. Ballard ... Timmy (as Joshua Ballard)
Miriam Smith ... Timmy's Mother
Arne MacPherson Arne MacPherson ... Wallace (as Arne Macpherson)
Nathan Valente Nathan Valente ... Evans
Stan Lesk Stan Lesk ... George
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson)
Carson Nattrass Carson Nattrass ... Captain Osbourn
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Storyline

It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who has a natural rapport with animals, saves a black bear cub from being killed by a hunter, who killed the cub's mother. Not knowing what else to do with the cub, Harry brings her along to camp to act as the unit's mascot, who he names Winnie - short for Winnipeg. Most of the men in the unit bond with Winnie, but having such a mascot is against the wishes of the head of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's veterinary division, Colonel Barret. Barret is a tough but fair man, who may have more problems than Winnie in the form of the Expeditionary Force's commanding officer, General Hallholland, a dipsomaniac who uses his position in the army for his own vainglorious purposes. Winnie's stay with Harry and the unit is not always a smooth one, especially in trying to stay under Barret's... Written by Huggo

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Drama | War

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Rated PG for mild thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

CBC [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A bear named Winnie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

To avoid infringing on Disney's copyright and trademark of Milne's work, the phrase "Winnie the Pooh" was never mentioned throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

The troop train is a CPR train yet the coaches are green. CP's passenger coaches were always maroon. See more »

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Best TV Movie This Year!
14 December 2004 | by sooze98148See all my reviews

I know that this is the best movie I've seen this year because it's the only movie that made me sob. And I mean sob out loud!

I've never read any of the Winnie the Pooh books and the Disney version came years after I grew up.

I think some of the editing "issues" were due to not being able to "cue the bear" so much. After the first couple of times, it really didn't bother me.

The costumes and props seemed to be perfect for the World War I era. Even the characters seemed to look like early 20th century inhabitants instead of early 21st century actors.

The acting was perfect for this kind of movie -- I didn't quite understand the point of David Suchet's character but, oh well.

I'm so glad I live close enough to Canada to get CBC! I just hope it comes out on DVD so I can put it right next to The Bear.


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