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The Passing (1985)

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Two elderly World War II buddies are living - and dying - together in their small home. One becomes a patient where salvage-worthy, older attributes are combined with useable, younger body parts. He returns, unrecognized by the other.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Carroll Plaster ...
Ernie Neuman
Welton Benjamin Johnson ...
Leviticus (Rose) Washington
John W. Huckert Jr. ...
Wade Carney / Rejuvenated Ernie
John Huckert ...
Wade Carney (as John W. Huckert Jr.)
Monica / Foreign Movie Actress
Daniel Dunn ...
Pudge (Wade's Son)
Albert B. Smith ...
Man at Bar / Rapist / Encephalo-Transfer Body
Michael Dumonceau ...
Radio Announcer
Rodney Harding ...
Flora Batien ...
Doris, Ernie's Wife
Mark Steckbeck ...
Young Ernie WWII
Young Rose WWII (as Tony 'Tico' Wells)
Bruce Bowers ...
World War II Reinactment


Two elderly World War II buddies are living - and dying - together in their small home. One becomes a patient where salvage-worthy, older attributes are combined with useable, younger body parts. He returns, unrecognized by the other.

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An earlier version of the film featured a comical subplot about a virus being unleashed on the public. When the film's editing was almost finished, the AIDS epidemic had began, and writer/director Huckert felt it may be misinterpreted as disrespectful, so the subplot was removed, resulting in the many "cutting room floor" credit listings for actors whose performances were lost from the final cut. See more »


Radio Announcer: Hope you're all enjoying our excursion down memory lane. I apologize for the technical problems were having but these old recordings don't last forever, you know.
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Lazy Fox Trot
(Original Edison Recording)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Atlantic Dance Orchestra
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A recondite and very personal science-fiction oddity.
19 May 2003 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

A very low-at-the-heels production, and entirely obvious of that fact, THE PASSING is also a well thought-out and atmospheric one-shot wonder.

Two seemingly unrelated narratives are concerning a young death-row inmate awaiting his execution, the other centering on a pair of elderly war buddies who have grown weary of modern life and are contemplating suicide. A scientific experiment merges these characters in a bizarre, yet credible, climax.

Science-fiction on an entirely cerebral level. Don't expect a marvel of special effects magic or edge-of-your-seat action...this is a quiet, meditative, and strangely spiritual film(qualities fairly uncommon within the sci-fi genre). As spotty as it may be in execution, THE PASSING is a meritorious amateur effort which demands greater regard.


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