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Phyllis Bobbitt ... Herself
Joyce Bone ... Herself
Norman Collins ... Herself
Lloyd Greenway ... Himself
Colette Hegarty ... Herself
Gordon Henwood ... Himself
Sue Kaul ... Herself
Arthur Morris ... Himself
Marion Morris ... Herself
Carmela Nardone ... Herself
Rick Pollard ... Himself
Eda Simac ... Herself
Donna Spaner ... Herself
Mary Susan Spooner ... Herself
Jodi Zaltz-Dubin ... Herself

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Allan King 
 
Produced by
Kathy Avrich-Johnson .... executive producer
Allan King .... producer
Sarah Zammit .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Thompson 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Walker 
 
Film Editing by
Nick Hector 
 
Sound Department
Michael Bonini .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Bonini .... sound
Jason Milligan .... sound
 
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Christophe Bonnière .... director of photography: second unit
 

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Raw, riveting footage, 16 February 2004
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

This is the most powerful documentary I have ever seen. To anyone thinking that a deathbed scene is a peaceful serene experience surrounded by loved ones, think again having seen this.

It is haunting, sad and empowering to watch five people (having agreed with the film maker, Allan King, to have their last moments captured for posterity so that others might be enlightened to the death experience)die over the the time frame of a few weeks.

Some of the scenes are almost unwatchable, the terrible sounds of the last few hours of breathing, the sadness (for the viewer) of most of these courageous participants dying alone apart from the camera and sound technicians.

The most beautiful death scene was a gay man, his partner and parents all loving him to "the other side." He had been resigned to death, wanted it, and yet his body struggled to stay alive. I am still haunted by it, still trying to formulate thoughts on how these deaths in the film have affected me as these people were so real and vibrant and even funny.

Brilliant, brave film-making from Allan King whose previous documentaries I have also seen and recommend. 10 out of 10. Some films you see and are never the same again. All films should be like this.

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