6.7/10
259
18 user 2 critic

Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (2003)

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

Director:

Reviews
8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chosin (2010)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean War take us on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history.

Director: Brian Iglesias
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin, Liam Cunningham
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a fatal kidnapping ignites a firestorm of suspicion and rage in idyllic 1933 San Jose, California, a hard-nosed young reporter takes on the powers-that-be to prevent the lynching of two men he believes are innocent.

Director: Tim Boxell
Stars: Gabriel Mann, Pete Postlethwaite, Emily Harrison
Triggermen (2002)
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

One of two deadly hired kilers switches places with one of a duo of conmen in order to pursue love.

Director: John Bradshaw
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Neil Morrissey, Bill MacDonald
Mr. D (TV Series 2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Follows a teacher juggle through being a teacher and deal with his students while trying to maintain his not so cool lifestyle.

Stars: Gerry Dee, Jonathan Torrens, Lauren Hammersley
Red Mercury (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Battersby
Stars: David Bradley, Stockard Channing, Pete Postlethwaite
Treevenge (2008)
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays.

Director: Jason Eisener
Stars: Jonathan Torrens, Sarah Dunsworth, Maris Morgan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park.

Director: Mike Clattenburg
Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Lucy Decoutere
Gunless (2010)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hardened American gunslinger is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West.

Director: William Phillips
Stars: Paul Gross, Sienna Guillory, Dustin Milligan
Heroes of Hell's Highway (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Episode 1: Welcome to Afghanistan In Afghanistan, a decade-old war rages on. Here the Second Platoon of the 23rd Route Clearance Company is on a mission to blow up an enemy bomb, while the ... See full summary »

Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In Charleston, a private detective tries to track down a missing person from Hurricane Katrina. Except some people, including the missing person, don't want him to succeed.

Directors: William Aughtry, Nathan Willis
Stars: Molly Aughtry, Sam Aughtry, William Aughtry
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Alan Mendelsohn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Captain Charlie Collins
...
Dr. Barbara Paxton
...
Francis Mackey
...
Beatrix Collins
...
Ernest 'Ernst' Masterson
...
Constance 'Connie' Collins
...
Courtney 'Court' Collins
Paul Doucet ...
Captain Le Medec
...
Millicent Collins
...
Patrick Collins
...
Sergeant Sam Barlow
...
Capt. Horatio Brannen
...
Naval Officer McNabb
Leon Pownall ...
Commander Frederick Wyatt
Graham Harley ...
Mr. Cleese
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 2005 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Touchée en plein coeur  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In many of the night scenes, the city is lit by streetlights and bright windows. At the time, Halifax was under strict blackout orders, meaning streets would have been dark. 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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great performance by Walsh
17 February 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really liked Vincent Walsh as the lead. He was very convincing in both the family-oriented scenes and the action stuff. The impending tragedy and the mundane actions that led to it were well-played and very gripping. It was nice to see a number of veteran Canadian actors like Lynne Griffin and Graham Green in large and small roles. I also thought the subplot about German saboteurs was both nicely diverting and added to the suspense. While Canadian productions can never hope to compete with Hollywood for budget and special effects, they can provide a Canadian "feel" to a project and "Shattered City" does that very well.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not necessarily a true story. skycladgirl-1
Great movie! HfxGal
Looking forward to it! elderberry22
Small errors Acapulqueno
Are There Other Movies About This Subject? sdribble
extras bethfurlotte

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?