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

199 people were blinded 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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A Great Canadian Historical Epic
25 February 2006 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Granted it would seem that much of Shattered City is fictional, it is only BASED on fact as most films are. Nonetheless this is a great triumph for Canadian History to introduce everyone to a devastating event that still is one of the largest of it's kind in World History. Even still the film is only in small part about the actual explosion that rocked Halifax by a French ship carrying an unprecedented amount of munitions. The rest of the film is a story about a family dealing with the harsh realities of World War 1 and a Captain returned if only briefly to them with horrible memories of the deaths of his fallen friends.

Vincent Walsh leads the cast as this Captain. He's young and a great presence on screen, without a doubt one of the great Canadian Actors I've ever seen. He is intense and emotional as Charlie Collins and a stand out performance. I have to say that with the exception of a few minor performances the rest of the cast are very much supportive to Walsh. Their roles are small and there are a lot of characters in the film...too many to have any major stand out performances. They all do well...some worth mentioning are the younger members of the cast...Clare Stone, and Max Morrow, as well as Tamara Hope, and Lynne Griffin as the mother of the Collin's family. Everyone plays a role and they do it quite well. Nobody drags down the story which eventually builds up to the horrifying explosion which is done in a brilliant and terrifying fashion. Director and Canadian Bruce Pittman does exactly what is needed to give the film the Canadian Uniqueness and importance while still making it mainstream and watchable for anyone.

The Film captures the essence of the time, and war, and the people that founded this country. They also show a time when Canadians pulled together to help each other and save lives. The film is very long, an epic length for sure and although sometimes it drags a little I believe the importance of the film and the quality of it outweighs it's slightly overdone length. It now sits on my table in the same group as Anne Of Green Gables which is a high order in my books. For those who are complaining about it's fictional content just remember that 99% of American made films about history are wrought with added dramatics and to finally have a Canadian Epic of this caliber at all is enough to accept the dramatic content. The only other critical point I can make is that the sub story about the German spies preparing to bomb the fleet never is dealt with or much mentioned after the explosion, I think it was perhaps avoidable and could have edited out but nonetheless every Canadian should see this film and history buffs will love it!! 7/10


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