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Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History  |  19 February 2005 (Hungary)
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A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada, in the early hours of December 6, 1917.

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Captain Charlie Collins
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Dr. Barbara Paxton
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Francis Mackey
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Beatrix Collins
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Ernest 'Ernst' Masterson
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Constance 'Connie' Collins
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Courtney 'Court' Collins
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Captain Le Medec
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Patrick Collins
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Sergeant Sam Barlow
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Capt. Horatio Brannen
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Shattered City, an epic two-part mini-series, dramatizes a compelling piece of Canadian history. It is the story of how a tragic incident at the height of the First World War became a living metaphor for the worldwide conflict, and how Halifax arose from the ashes after severe destruction and devastation. In the early hours of December 6, 1917, the Mont Blanc, a French-owned freighter loaded to the gunnel's with thousands of tons of TNT, collided with a Belgian relief ship and exploded in the Halifax Harbour. The explosion was so vast that it killed more than 2,000 people, injured 9,000 more and completely flattened two square kilometers of northern Halifax. The series settles mostly on one family, the Collins, who's eldest son Charlie, a captain in the Royal Canadian Army, who tries to find the rest of his family including his fatally injured father, as well as his mother, and other siblings among the rubble, and later finds himself as a lawyer defending the Mont Blanc's captain, Le ... Written by Anonymous

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The explosion occurred at 9:04:35 local time. See more »

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The town hall scenes are filmed in Grace United Church in Dartmouth. Visible is a brass plaque on the wall which recognizes the efforts of the congregation in the rebuilding of the church after the explosion - Grace United having been destroyed in the Halifax Explosion. See more »

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This film is dedicated to the spirit and the memory of Constance "Connie" Bond Young August 9, 1911 - February 22, 2003 See more »

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Not as big a hit as the original
26 October 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

CBC is doing what it is supposed to do and it's hard to fault them for that. This story of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 is good but it could be much better. It's also plagued by small errors. (A CNR logo in 1917? WW2 style posters in WW1. A 1930's folding camera with a flash? I don't think so. I spotted these in the first episode. I'm sure there were others.) The characters in the stories woven through the tragedy are both predictable and one dimensional. However the drama leading up to the explosion is well executed and the recreation of Halifax harbour full of old ships is effective. It's good but falls far short of being great.


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