A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada, in the early hours of December 6, 1917.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Constance 'Connie' Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Courtney 'Court' Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
Paul Doucet ...
 Captain Le Medec (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Millicent Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Patrick Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Sergeant Sam Barlow (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Capt. Horatio Brannen (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Naval Officer McNabb (2 episodes, 2003)
Leon Pownall ...
 Commander Frederick Wyatt (2 episodes, 2003)
Graham Harley ...
 Mr. Cleese (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Rev. George Adams (2 episodes, 2003)
Adrien Dixon ...
 Walter Brannen (2 episodes, 2003)
Morrissey Dun ...
 Dr. Sherman (2 episodes, 2003)
Jackie Torrens ...
 Isabel 'Izzy' (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Gunter (2 episodes, 2003)
Alec McClure ...
 Jamie Larkin (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Charles Burchell (2 episodes, 2003)
Michael Fitzgerald ...
 Judge Drysdale (2 episodes, 2003)
Lee J. Campbell ...
 Mayor Colwell (2 episodes, 2003)
Joan Orenstein ...
 Older Constance 'Connie' Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Elijah Cobb (2 episodes, 2003)
Dennis Envoldsen ...
 Vince Coleman (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Captain From (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Reporter (2 episodes, 2003)
Bill Forbes ...
 First Mate Mont Blanc (2 episodes, 2003)
Bradley Bailey ...
 Ned the paperboy (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Shipping Manager (2 episodes, 2003)
John Walf ...
 British Naval Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
Brian Heighton ...
 Canadian Surgeon (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Mrs. Mackay (2 episodes, 2003)
Andrew MacVicar ...
 RCMP #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
John Fulton ...
 Councillor #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Mitchell Landzaat ...
 Mont Blanc Helmsman (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Jury Foreman (2 episodes, 2003)
Geoff McLean ...
 Imo Pilot (2 episodes, 2003)
Stan Carew ...
 Imo Helmsman (2 episodes, 2003)
Patrick Christopher ...
 Le Medec's Defense Lawyer (2 episodes, 2003)
Mark Graham ...
 Wyatt's Defense Lawyer (2 episodes, 2003)
Mary Ellen MacLean ...
 Teacher (2 episodes, 2003)
Jacqueline Donovan ...
 Young Mother at Dartmouth Cabin (2 episodes, 2003)
Linda Busby ...
 Mrs. McGill (Laundry Lady) (2 episodes, 2003)
Angus Duncan ...
 Representative #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Kevin Deagle ...
 Representative #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
Hillary Ashley ...
 Frozen Girl (2 episodes, 2003)
Kiersten Tough ...
 Nurse (Face Slap) (2 episodes, 2003)
Geoff McBride ...
 Doctor #3 (Chebucto) (2 episodes, 2003)
John Dartt ...
 Crowd Member #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Darcy Lindzon ...
 Sergent (Dreamscape) (2 episodes, 2003)
Gavin Buhr ...
 Big Convict (2 episodes, 2003)
Sarah Jane Blenkhorn ...
 Nurse #1 (Chebucto) (2 episodes, 2003)
Gordon Trites ...
 Soldier Sent to North Station (2 episodes, 2003)
Jeremy Webb ...
 Mont Blanc Crewman #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Jean Morpurgo ...
 Crowd Member #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
Andrew Fowler ...
 Sergeant on Horseback (2 episodes, 2003)
Brianna MacDonald ...
 Senior Student (2 episodes, 2003)
John Davie ...
 Coleman's Friend (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Launch Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
Glen Grant ...
 Stevedore (2 episodes, 2003)
Chris Turner ...
 German Spy #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Peddler (2 episodes, 2003)
Susan Leblanc-Crawford ...
 Head Nurse (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Wounded Soldier (Hospital Ship) (2 episodes, 2003)
Shawn Duggan ...
 Corporal (Looter Shooter) (2 episodes, 2003)
Kevin Nugent ...
 Man (Go to the Hill) (2 episodes, 2003)
Adam Pennington ...
 Soldier with Sam's Rescue Party (2 episodes, 2003)
Jeri-Matti Helppi ...
 Doctor #2 (Chebucto) (2 episodes, 2003)
Kevin LeBlanc ...
 Soldier Who Listens for Train (2 episodes, 2003)
Bridget Bezanson ...
 Nurse at Train (2 episodes, 2003)
David Christoffel ...
 Police Officer - Wyatt Arrest (2 episodes, 2003)
Laura Muise ...
 Girl (Mortuary) (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Sergeant (Cigarette Out) (2 episodes, 2003)
Joseph McKibbon ...
 Collin's Clerk (2 episodes, 2003)
Jim Fowler ...
 Soldier at Wellington Magazine (2 episodes, 2003)
Miles Leahy ...
 Chicken Farmer (2 episodes, 2003)
Joscelynne Bordeaux ...
 Woman Amputee (2 episodes, 2003)
Paul Jessen ...
 German Spy #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
Murray Vincent Countway ...
 Mr. Thomas (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Mr. Hinch (2 episodes, 2003)
Matt Grant ...
 Mr. Keeler (2 episodes, 2003)
Gil Anderson ...
 Woman Dug Out By Sam (2 episodes, 2003)
Richard Collins ...
 Mont Blanc Engineer (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Sailor #1 Calling All Clear (2 episodes, 2003)
George Green ...
 Police Officer at Courthouse (2 episodes, 2003)
Daniel Lillford ...
 Man #1 at Rally (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Woman #1 at Rally (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Ernest 'Ernst' Masterson (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Francis Mackey (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Beatrix Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Dr. Barbara Paxton (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Captain Charlie Collins (2 episodes, 2003)
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

Touchée en plein coeur  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The blast took 1/50th of a second to destroy the area damaged See more »

Goofs

There is a scene at the railway station in which a rail car carries the old CNR logo (A maple leaf with a box inside it containing the words "Canadian National Railways"). The CNR was formed in 1923. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by City of Ruins: The Halifax Explosion (2003) See more »

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CBC robs us of the truth
28 October 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Halifax Explosion was a turning point in Canadian history. It shook a young country, but left it stronger, if not more sober.

The CBC's "Shattered City" uses fiction to tell the story of the Halifax Explosion. Some of the actors put in good performances, although many are stiff. My major grievance is with the use of fiction. The viewer is not able to discern truth from fantasy. In fact, at the film's conclusion, a short clip shows the actors explaining they had not ever learned anything about the Hfx Explosion. This may be true for many Canadians, as well as people in other countries. The story has little to teach us, because it fails to recognize the greatness of the real story.


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