IMDb > The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 30 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Sweet Hereafter -- post


User Rating:
7.7/10   24,027 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Russell Banks (novel)
Atom Egoyan (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Sweet Hereafter on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
21 November 1997 (USA) See more »
Sometimes courage comes from the most surprising places. See more »
This film documents the effects of a tragic bus accident on the population of a small town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 32 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Tragic and beautiful masterpiece See more (187 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ian Holm ... Mitchell Stevens
Caerthan Banks ... Zoe Stevens

Sarah Polley ... Nicole Burnell
Tom McCamus ... Sam Burnell

Gabrielle Rose ... Dolores Driscoll

Alberta Watson ... Risa

Maury Chaykin ... Wendell

Stephanie Morgenstern ... Allison
Kirsten Kieferle ... Stewardess

Arsinée Khanjian ... Wanda
Earl Pastko ... Hartley

Simon Baker ... Bear
David Hemblen ... Abbott

Bruce Greenwood ... Billy
Sarah Rosen Fruitman ... Jessica

Marc Donato ... Mason
Devon Finn ... Sean
Fides Krucker ... Klara
Magdalena Sokoloski ... Young Zoe
James D. Watts ... Young Mitchell

Brooke Johnson ... Mary
Allegra Denton ... Jenny
Peter Donaldson ... Schwartz
Russell Banks ... Dr. Robeson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mychael Danna ... Live band harmonium player (uncredited)

Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
Writing credits
Russell Banks (novel)

Atom Egoyan (screenplay)

Produced by
Sandra Cunningham .... line producer
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Camelia Frieberg .... producer
Andras Hamori .... executive producer
Robert Lantos .... executive producer
David J. Webb .... associate producer (as David Webb)
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Susan Shipton 
Production Design by
Phillip Barker 
Art Direction by
Kathleen Climie 
Set Decoration by
Patricia Cuccia 
Costume Design by
Beth Pasternak 
Makeup Department
Gérald Altenburg .... assistant hair stylist (as Gerald Altenburg)
Sylvain Cournoyer .... makeup artist
Debra Johnson .... hair stylist
Stephen Lynch .... assistant makeup artist: British Columbia
Mary Monforte .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Roberta Pazdro .... production manager: British Columbia (as Roberta J. Pazdro)
Simone Urdl .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruno Bryniarski .... second assistant director
Cassandra Cronenberg .... trainee assistant director
Andy Mikita .... first assistant director: British Columbia aerial unit
Tracey Poirier .... second assistant director: British Columbia aerial unit
Mary Sylwester .... third assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director (as David Webb)
Art Department
Peter Atto .... set dresser
Peter Bell .... set apprentice
Larry Burkam .... art department assistant: British Columbia
Larry Burkam .... set dresser: British Columbia
Peter Cosco .... first assistant art director
Darryl Dennis Deegan .... lead set dresser
Sandy Glud .... set buyer
Kate Greenaway .... illustrator: Pied Piper book
Alexandra Hooper .... lead set dresser
Mark Hunter .... propman
Keith McCully .... construction supervisor
Peter Miskimmin .... propman
Daniel Olson .... art department apprentice
Michele Witt .... photographic artworks
Jon P. Goulding .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Apps .... adr recordist: Casablanca
Colin Baxter .... sound assistant
Ray Campbell .... sound assistant
Andreas Carlsson .... sound trainee
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bernie Cisternas .... sound recording engineer
Sue Conley .... dialogue editor
Steve Copley .... foley mixer (as Steve Copely)
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Anna Gronau .... sound trainee
David Horton .... boom operator
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Bob Lacivita .... adr recordist: The Complex
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Ron Malligers .... foley assistant (as Ron Mellegers)
Steve Munro .... adr recordist: Trackworks (as Steven Munro)
Steve Munro .... sound designer
Steve Munro .... sound recording engineer (as Steven Munro)
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Ross Redfern .... sound recordist
Ron Searles .... sound recording engineer
Greg Shim .... adr recordist: DeLuxe
David Drainie Taylor .... adr editor
Tony Van den Akker .... foley mixer (as Tony Van Den Akker)
Sharon Zupancic .... foley assistant
Special Effects by
Curtis Bradshaw .... special effects assistant: British Columbia
Robert Moon .... key special effects technician: British Columbia
Teo Moon .... special effects assistant: British Columbia
Dawn Rivard .... special effects shop
Jeff Skochko .... special effects technician
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jason Wells .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dennis Berardi .... digital film scanning and recording: Cine-Byte Imaging Inc. (uncredited)
James Cooper .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Falcone .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Sean Montgomery .... visual effects (uncredited)
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: TOPIX (uncredited)
Marc Akerstream .... stunt consultant: British Columbia
Bill Ferguson .... stunt consultant: British Columbia
Rick Pearce .... stunt coordinator: British Columbia
Rick Pearce .... stunts: British Columbia
Bryan Renfro .... stunts (as Brian Renfro)
Peter Szkoda .... stunt coordinator
Claire Webb .... stunts: British Columbia (as Clarie Webb)
Rob Wilton .... stunt coordinator: British Columbia
Rob Wilton .... stunt double: Dolores, British Columbia
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Anderl .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, British Columbia
Paul Boucher .... first assistant camera
Rod Crombie .... Steadicam operator
Jack Cruikshank .... generator operator: British Columbia
Johnnie Eisen .... still photographer
John Foss .... grip
Rodrigue Hamilton .... electrician: British Columbia (as Rod Hamilton)
Reni Hoz .... second assistant camera
George Kerr .... best boy electric
Julian Keyzer .... assistant camera: British Columbia aerial unit
Julian Keyzer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, British Columbia
John McIntosh .... electrician: British Columbia (as John Macintosh)
Gregory Middleton .... director of photography: British Columbia aerial unit (as Greg Middleton)
Tom O'Reilly .... best boy grip (as Thomas O'Reilly)
David Owen .... gaffer
John Piva .... generator operator
Brian Potts .... key grip
David Suddaby .... electrician
Nick Swyntuch .... grip
Kirsta Teague .... camera trainee
Jason Webber .... electrician
Dale Zucchet .... generator operator: British Columbia
Jim Filippone .... pilot: camera helicopter (uncredited)
Casting Department
Megan Conacher .... extras casting
Suzanne Leslie .... extras casting: British Columbia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Blow .... costume assistant: British Columbia
Patricia Boulden .... assistant costume designer
Joan Boyko .... costumer
Alex Reda .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Chris Hinton .... color timer: DeLuxe
Janis Kanigan .... color timer: British Columbia
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: video mastering
Paul Winestock .... first assistant editor
Tai Zimmer .... apprentice editor
Dov Samuel .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
David Archer .... musician: sackbut
Anne Bourne .... musician: cello, backing vocals
Tim Clement .... musician: acoustic electric guitar
Al Cross .... musician: drums
Mychael Danna .... musician: harmonium and acoustic guitar
Kim Deschamps .... musician: pedal steel, electric bass, acoustic guitar
David Eallis .... musician: bells, percussion
Michael Franklin .... musician: shawm, krumhorn, recorder
David Greenberg .... musician: vielle
Ben Grossman .... musician: percussion
Gary Honess .... assistant recording engineer
Alison Mackay .... musician: vielle, recorder
Terry McKenna .... musician: lute
Alison Melville .... musician: recorder
Hossein Omoumi .... musician: Persian ney
Greg Robertson .... assistant recording engineer
Dante Winkler .... assistant recording engineer
Colin Aguiar .... assistant: Mychael Danna (uncredited)
Ron Korb .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Denise Anderson .... driver: British Columbia
Zoe Black .... driver: British Columbia
Martin Boon .... driver
Brian Brennan .... picture car coordinator: British Columbia
Richard Chilton .... transportation coordinator: British Columbia
Paul Davies .... driver
Rosemary Dell .... driver: British Columbia
Shawn Doyle .... driver: British Columbia
Harold Felhauer .... driver: British Columbia
Mike Giles .... driver: British Columbia
Frank Guadagno .... driver: British Columbia
Al Izumi .... driver
Nancy Jackson .... driver: British Columbia
Viola Janzen .... driver: British Columbia
Janelle Kelly .... driver: British Columbia
Ryan Kosmynka .... driver: British Columbia
Herb Langill .... driver: British Columbia
Evan Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Bill Sims .... driver
Bob Snape .... transportation captain: British Columbia (as Robert Snape)
Gary Strachan .... driver: British Columbia
Andres Vosu .... transportation captain
Matt West .... driver
Other crew
Allen Bell .... script editor
Joan Boyko .... set supervisor: British Columbia
Shimmy Brandes .... assistant to producer
Lorne Davidson .... location manager: British Columbia
Wendy Gibbs .... first aid: British Columbia
Shirley Granger .... production accountant
Joanne T. Harwood .... script supervisor (as Joanne Tolley-Harwood)
Cory Kinney .... assistant location manager
Florance Krause .... production secretary: British Columbia
Martyn Krys .... production lawyer
Frank Larre .... caterer: British Columbia
Suzanne Leslie .... extras coordinator: British Columbia
Sarah McCarthy .... production assistant
Sheona McDonald .... production assistant
Beth Nadeau .... caterer: British Columbia
Eva Nagy .... flag person: British Columbia
Bill Nesbitt .... security officer
Sarah Pape .... production assistant
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Lynne Pollack .... flag person: British Columbia
Holly Redford .... production coordinator: British Columbia
Tracey Renyard .... assistant location manager: British Columbia
Darren Robson .... location production assistant: British Columbia
Bill Sims .... assistant: Ian Holm
Mark Steinberg .... director's observer
Matt Thomas .... craft service
Tami Thomson .... production coordinator
Simone Urdl .... assistant: Atom Egoyan
Alicia Wicinski .... production secretary
Matthew Williams .... location production assistant
Selina Williams .... location production assistant: British Columbia
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
Andrea Wood .... legal affairs: Alliance Pictures
Simon St. Laurent .... opticals: Film Opticals (uncredited)
Margaret Atwood .... thanks
Kavita 'Bad Cavity' Bhatia .... musical thanks
Jack Blum .... thanks
John Buchan .... thanks
Sharon Corder .... thanks
Lara Fitzgerald .... musical thanks
Marc Glassman .... thanks
Bill House .... special thanks
Peter Jones .... musical thanks
Victor Loewy .... special thanks
Michèle Pétin .... thanks (as Michèle Halberstadt)
Larissa Remedios .... musical thanks
Julia Tait .... thanks
Vandana Taxali .... musical thanks
Chase Twichell .... thanks
Leo Van Tine .... thanks: Merritt Search & Rescue
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for sexuality and some language
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Atom Egoyan was inspired to do this movie by a novel his wife Arsinée Khanjian gave him as a Christmas gift.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Stephens visits the Ottos, and Mr. Otto offers him some tea, we hear a teakettle whistling but the one we see on the cooker is not the whistling type.See more »
Mason:Nicole, did the Pied Piper take the children away because he was mad that the town didn't pay him?
Nicole:That's right.
Mason:Well, if he knew magic, if he could get the kids into the mountain, why couldn't he use his magic pipe to make the people pay him for getting rid of the rats?
Nicole:Because... he wanted them to be punished.
Mason:So he was mean?
Nicole:No, not mean, just... very angry.
See more »
Movie Connections:
BoySee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
78 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Tragic and beautiful masterpiece, 24 October 2000
Author: Matthias Zucker (matzucker) from Bochum, Germany

The Sweet Hereafter is as tragic, sad and matter-of-fact as movies get, but it's still so very beautiful that it becomes a film that's virtually impossible to forget.

The story makes no secret of the fact what terrible tragedy will happen, right from the outset. A lesser filmmaker than Atom Egoyan would've jumped at the chance to shock the audience with the freak accident that robs the town of Sam Dent of nearly all their children, by telling the story in a linear fashion. Not Egoyan. The story is fragmented, thus enhancing the true point: This is not about the overwhelming power of loss, it is about the overwhelming power of survivor's guilt (nicely represented in Browning's poem The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, which is referred to in the movie). It's all about people who grieve not only for the ones they've lost, but also for themselves, how empty their lives have become because of their tragedies. In focussing on that point, the film refrains from manipulative sentiment (which so many others don't), and presents true and unintrusive emotion, that, in the end, despite all the terror, shines a light of hope, for the sweet hereafter is not only the peaceful afterlife, it's also the peaceful future, the continuation of life...

The performances speak for themselves. Ian Holm and Sarah Polley shine in particular, through nicely subdued and subtle acting. Polley also excels as a fantastic singer-songwriter. The songs in the movie were written and performed all by herself.

Egoyan's direction is simply masterful in its beauty, elegance and evocation.

One of the best films of the 1990s.

10 out of 10.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (187 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Male V. Female: Who Got it? anti5er
F-ing terrible bara0401
Zoe's Hate stolives
A question about the case SoroushX
the most bone chilling moment in film BackFire83
Know one has discussed Sarah Polley's singing yet? hollywoodmd
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Kings & Queen My Own Private Idaho Babel 21 Grams The Best of Youth
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Canada section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.