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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Cast

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Dan Baziuk ...
Bartender #2
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Meredith Bailey ...
Cassie Walker
Jim Mezon ...
Dobson-Hughes
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Highway
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Colonel Ormond (as Adam John Harrington)
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Skinner
Jesse Frechette ...
Peters
Rainer Kahl ...
German Gunner
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German Soldier
Patricia Benedict ...
Nursing Matron
Hugh Probyn ...
Carmichael
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Storyline

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

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

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

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17 October 2008 (Canada)  »

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La bataille de Passchendaele  »

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CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene at the beginning of the battle of Passchendaele where Canadian soldiers walk on wooden planks between the wet trenches is virtually identical to a famous picture of the battlefield taken by Australian photographer Frank Hurley on October 29th 1917. See more »

Goofs

During one of the close-ups between Dunne and Mann, the rain has stopped. In the next scene, it is once again pouring. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »

Soundtracks

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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Excellent film
6 November 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Paul Gross' Passchendaele provides a unique perspective of the Canadian effort during the First World War. Those who are expecting just battle scenes will likely be disappointed.

For those looking for character development, some romance, an interesting perspective on recruitment pressure, and yes -- AMAZING battle scenes -- then yes, this movie is for you.

As a Military History student, I had no issues with the historical accuracy of the movie. Paul Gross based the first 5 minutes on his grandfather's story, and the rest is historical fiction. In general, it is an excellent representation of the period, and certainly provides a much more realistic version of the soldiers' perspective on war in 1917 than many other war films out there.

I highly recommend this film.


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