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Passchendaele (2008)

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.




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11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Frechette ...
Rainer Kahl ...
Jim Mezon ...
German Soldier
Patricia Benedict ...
Hugh Probyn ...
Brian Dooley ...
Meredith Bailey ...
Francis Damberger ...


Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle. Written by Mark Cameron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


in love, there is only one rule... don't die.


Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of realistic graphic war violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Passchendaele  »


Box Office


CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 847,522 (Canada), 19 October 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of the funding came from the government of Alberta, which is also where it was filmed. See more »


The position of the German's bayonet over Dunne's chest during the scuffle. See more »


Michael Dunne: Do you think maybe I could accompany you to a dance, or...?
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with soldiers.
Michael Dunne: I could lose the uniform.
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with naked soldiers.
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Crazy Credits

The Alliance logo at the beginning is shown over a cloudy and rainy sky, with noises of explosions and rifle gunshots in the background. See more »


After The War
Performed by Sarah Slean
Written by Paul Gross and David Keeley
Courtesy of Debmeister Music Publishing
Produced by Asher Lenz and Jack Lenz
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User Reviews

An embarrassment
5 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

My God! Watching this film, I found it hard to believe that it was done with a straight face. Cliché riddled, irrelevant and soporific subplots, truly laughable, wooden, anachronistic dialogue, stilted acting, the miscasting of virtually every character (with Gross himself taking the blue ribbon in this regard), the movie is an embarrassment. Indeed, its hard to know what's more embarrassing - the movie itself or the fact there are so many reviewers whose patriotism makes them blind to its stink and causes them to heap praise upon it. I'm embarrassed that people can be so misguided and let their need to boost Canada interfere with their critical faculties. But I digress.

In fact, it was obvious that the film was going to be dreadful within minutes of the opening titles. By this I mean that it actively oozed CBC - the sets, the vistas, the type of lens used, EVERYTHING just reeked of a CBC influence. Except for the battle scenes, there was a pervasive sense that one was watching yet another prototypical, Sunday 7 PM, CBC special presentation. It is actually sad that Paul Gross invested so much of his heart and soul in this production.

I've given it a '2' out of 10, rather than a mere '1', to reflect the fact that it had at least one redeeming quality - it ended.

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