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Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (TV Movie 2003) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 Medec, and the harbor helmsman, Fracis Mackay, in court on the tragic explosion by the vindictive authorities looking for a scapegoat in the tragedy.

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

    - Written by Mark Cameron

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