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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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Cast

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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
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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17 October 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Passchendaele  »

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Budget:

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

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

Goofs

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: [leads two horses towards Sarah] I know you don't dance with soldiers, miss. But would you go riding with one?
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of Michael Joseph Dunne, Reg. #447977 C.E.F. 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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Wow. Great flick!
4 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow. Great flick!

Besides being an admitted movie addict, I'm also a retired professional soldier and a combat veteran who's served in multiple theaters of conflict.

I usually find myself quietly disappointed with war movies in general, and their vain, highly stylized, cliché-laden attempts to realistically portray infantry warfare, and high-intensity warfare's effects on soldiers. Film-makers invariably seem to fall far short in their attempts to capture the essence of what war can be (or was) like, and what exposure to it can do to the people involved, both mentally and physically.

To his great credit, I think that in Passchendaele Paul Gross seems to have actually managed to capture a reasonably authentic glimpse into both the nature of such hellish environments and the men caught up in them.

The acting was superb. The performances were so convincing that the notion that I was just sitting watching a movie didn't even occur to me until the credits began to roll by, I was so totally engrossed.

This film was easily one of the best that I've seen in quite some time.

I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for any future films by Paul Gross. Passchendaele stands as an extremely impressive testimonial to his obvious talents.


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