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Passchendaele (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  17 October 2008 (Canada)
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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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Cassie Walker
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Dobson-Hughes
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Highway
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Colonel Ormand (as Adam John Harrington)
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Skinner
Jesse Frechette ...
Peters
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Young German Soldier
Patricia Benedict ...
Nursing Matron
Hugh Probyn ...
Carmichael
Brian Dooley ...
McKinnon
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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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Drama | History | Romance | War

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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  »

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

Extras were provided with 5mm wetsuits to make the hours and days of sitting and running in wet and muddy costumes bearable - even still many extras left after one day. A German full length jacket could weigh up to 60Lbs when wet and caked in mud. See more »

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When Sarah enters her house just before Michael is leaving for France, all the windows are broken. From the inside they suddenly are fixed again. 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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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Black and White footage of the real battle of Passchendaele are shown. 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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A wasted opportunity..
2 February 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I don't want anyone (most especially Canadians) to take my criticism of this movie to mean that I have anything but the height of respect for the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died in WW1. I had the honor of being the first member of our family to pay their respects at the grave of my father's uncle who was killed in action in Belgium in 1916. Standing in the midst of those endless rows of gravestones was one of the most emotional things I've ever done. The futility and scale of loss endured by that generation is beyond imagination. I have also studied this period in history in some detail. That said, I was really interested in seeing this movie. Sadly I was very disappointed. The plot is so unbelievable that it ruins what should have been a realistic account of one of the saddest and most tragic periods in history. It's best described as "Mills & Boon" meets "All Quiet on the Western Front" with "Mills& Boon" winning the day. The film tries to be a war movie and a romance, but succeeds in neither and has to resort to visual clichés of the poorest kind, and a plot tissue-paper thin . I hope somebody makes a fitting tribute to the Canadian dead of WW1 soon, because this is defiantly not it.


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