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Passchendaele (2008)

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Director:

Paul Gross

Writer:

Paul Gross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... Michael Dunne
Michael Greyeyes ... Highway
James Kot ... Skinner
Jesse Frechette Jesse Frechette ... Peters
Rainer Kahl Rainer Kahl ... German Gunner
Landon Liboiron ... German Soldier
Caroline Dhavernas ... Sarah Mann
Patricia Benedict Patricia Benedict ... Nursing Matron
Hugh Probyn Hugh Probyn ... Carmichael
Jim Mezon Jim Mezon ... Dobson-Hughes
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... McKinnon
Joe Dinicol ... David Mann
Meredith Bailey Meredith Bailey ... Cassie Walker
Robert Nogier ... Harper
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Mayor Costello
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Storyline

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle. Written by Mark Cameron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

in love, there is only one rule... don't die.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of realistic graphic war violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Passchendaele See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 847,522 (Canada), 19 October 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Sarah Mann asks Michael Dunne about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where her father died, Michael answers that we "was in that fight". Paul Gross narrated the documentary "The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Part 4: The Battle Joined and Won" in 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Sarah enters her house just before Michael is leaving for France, all the windows are broken. From the inside they suddenly are fixed again. See more »

Quotes

Michael Dunne: Do you think maybe I could accompany you to a dance, or...?
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with soldiers.
Michael Dunne: I could lose the uniform.
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with naked soldiers.
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Crazy Credits

The Alliance logo at the beginning is shown over a cloudy and rainy sky, with noises of explosions and rifle gunshots in the background. See more »

Soundtracks

After The War
Performed by Sarah Slean
Written by Paul Gross and David Keeley
Courtesy of Debmeister Music Publishing
Produced by Asher Lenz and Jack Lenz
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This film is Beautiful.
6 December 2008 | by dslinger-2See all my reviews

Many people have put forth criticisms regarding so called holes in the historical details of the Film. However, This is not a film about the war's specifics as much as it is a film about people. The characters are rich, and their veridical treatment informs the film throughout. The battle of Passchendaele may be one of the contexts surrounding the characters, but it is the characters that predominate the emotional ebb and flow of the film. This is a portrayal of human beings- fallible human beings-who are thrust onto the battlefield (abroad and at home) while still remaining human. It is the story of people trying to hold on to the relationships that are inherent in all of us, when confronted by the overwhelming tribulations of a World War (which affects the communities they call home as wells as the battlefield). The 'sex scene' exudes passion, as a couple in love fears for their lives and safety. In turbulent war times, their primary concern is consummating their relationship. Each instant might be their last possible opportunity to share the intimacy they have longed for.

Although, at points, the score is very stereotypically in the fashion of small screen Canadian melodrama, the characters continue to resonate with vitality; a vitality that might lead one to expect to draw blood if they were to prick the movie screen with a thumb tack. The battle scenes (which this reviewer sees as an extension certain characters' intricacies and depth) rival, if not surpass, those that were offered to us by Spielberg in the opening sequences of Saving Private Ryan.

The film conveys passion and desire amongst the insurmountable propriety of the times, in contrast to the preponderance of human connection within a tempestuous social climate. When hard times prevail we only have our humanity to rely on and we only have others to rely on in order to maintain our humanity.

This is a intensely emotion film portraying relationships in times of war.

Passchendaele is a artistic display of Beauty.


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