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The Passing (1985)

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 Huckert ...
Wade Carney / Rejuvenated Ernie (as John W. Huckert Jr.)
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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 ...
Blackjack
J. Dennis Marsico ...
Loverboy
Mark McPherson ...
Whistler
Flora Batien ...
Doris, Ernie's Wife
Mark Steckbeck ...
Young Ernie WWII
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Young Rose WWII (as Tony 'Tico' Wells)
Bruce Bowers ...
World War II Reinactment
Stewart Bryant ...
World War II Reinactment
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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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May 1985 (USA)  »

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Fases da Morte 9  »

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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 »

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Leviticus Washington: Are we dead yet?
Ernie Neuman: No, just out of gas.
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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(Original Edison Recording)
Music by Jaan Kenbrovin (as Kenbrovin) (Nat Vincent, James Kendis and James Brockman)
Lyrics by John W. Kellette (as Kellette)
Contralto and Tenor with Orchestra
Performed by George Wilton Ballard
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Low Budget Curio
5 July 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Ernie and Rose are two elderly men sharing a home. Friends for 40 years, they bicker, laugh, reminisce and discuss death. Wade is a young man arrested on a murder charge and facing execution. One day Ernie's and Wade's paths cross, leading to an extraordinary outcome...

This is a curious film, and quite an unlikely candidate for DVD release. Released in 1983, and apparently made on a very limited budget, the print quality is poor, and much of the secondary character acting is unimpressive, yet it's not without charm and fascination. Johnson and Plaster deliver quite captivating performances as the elderly friends - their suicide attempt scene is hilarious - and the overall ensemble has a strange, almost improvised quality.

Ultimately an uneasy mix of quirky character study, cheap production values and dated sci-fi, yet it's also rather sweet.


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