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One Week -- A young man (Joshua Jackson) decides to embrace life and embark on an epic cross-country road trip full of adventure and romance.
One Week -- A terminally ill man (Jackson) looks to spend the last week of his life on an adventure.


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Release Date:
6 March 2009 (Canada) See more »
What would you do?
Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Go West, Young Man See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order)

Joshua Jackson ... Ben Tyler

Peter Spence ... Doctor
Marc Strange ... Art Carey

Gage Munroe ... Young Ben

Richard Waugh ... Baseball Coach
Deirdre Kirby ... Mrs. Bell

Liane Balaban ... Samantha Pierce
Fiona Reid ... Mary Tyler

Chuck Shamata ... Gerald Tyler

Caroline Cave ... Nancy Tyler
Jodi Brooks ... Nurse Forrester
Chris Benson ... Mayor

David Reale ... Pete
Kyle Fairlie ... Oscar
Colin Fox ... Father O'Neill
Jim Codrington ... Pharmacist
Gord Downie ... Biker (as Gordon Downie)

Gabriel Hogan ... Dereck Vincent

Jane Spidell ... Fran
Fergus Barnes ... Fran's Lover
Chad Nobert ... Badlands Tour Guide (as Chad Norbert)
Joel Plaskett ... Busker
Emm Gryner ... Tracey
Chief Leonard George ... First Nations' Singer (as Leonard George)
Michaela Mann ... Waitress
Ryan Reid ... Max

Ulla Friis ... Steffi

Campbell Scott ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryan Allen ... Orderly (uncredited)

Jim Annan ... John (uncredited)

Grace Lynn Kung ... (uncredited)
Borje Salming ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marco Soriano ... Concierge (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael McGowan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael McGowan  written by

Produced by
Michael Chechik .... co-producer
Nick de Pencier .... producer (as Nicholas de Pencier)
Avi Federgreen .... co-producer
Avi Federgreen .... line producer
Richard Hanet .... executive producer
Joshua Jackson .... executive producer
Michael McGowan .... producer
Jane Tattersall .... producer
Nadia Tavazzani .... associate producer
Original Music by
Andrew Lockington 
Cinematography by
Arthur E. Cooper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roderick Deogrades 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Production Design by
Malcolm Byard 
Set Decoration by
Romke DeVos  (as Romke De Vos)
Costume Design by
Julie O'Brien 
Makeup Department
Marika Latorcai .... key makeup artist (as Marika Williams)
Josie Stewart .... key hairdresser
Production Management
Avi Federgreen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fergus Barnes .... first assistant director
Art Department
J.R. Grassby .... property master (as JR Grassby)
Marilyn Hassen .... second assistant art director
Warren Keillor .... props builder
Shelagh McNulty .... illustrations
Sound Department
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephan Carrier)
Kathy Choi .... dialogue editor
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recording assistant
Roderick Deogrades .... adr editor
Alfie DiPucchio .... adr recordist
Tom Gehring .... adr assistant
Ryan Gilbert .... adr assistant
Brooke Graeff .... foley assistant
David K. Grant .... sound recordist
Francis Heaney .... boom operator
Bill Higley .... adr recordist
Martin Gwynn Jones .... dialogue editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Mandy Ley .... sound re-recording assistant
Kirk Lynds .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Medeiros .... sound effects editor
David Meredith .... sound assistant
Michael Miller .... adr recordist
Joe Morrow .... sound re-recording assistant
Lou Solakofski .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Paul Talbot .... adr assistant
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Kevin Swartz .... trailer sound designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Connie Persichini .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Creative Services (as Connie Persechini)
Ralph Schmidt .... visual effects compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Jason Giberson .... film recording: Technicolor Creative Services (uncredited)
Shawn C. Orr .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Muhamed Celik .... generator operator
Joe DaSilva .... first camera assistant
Jerry Fil .... best boy
Jeremy Jemec .... gaffer
Michael Kearns .... best boy
Greg Machula .... best boy
Rudolf Mammitzsch .... second camera assistant (as Rudolph Mammitzsch)
Chris Morsby .... key grip (as Christopher Morsby)
Jerry Romanko .... best boy grip
Peter Stranks .... still photographer
David K. Grant .... cameraman: epk (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Cassidy .... casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... background casting
Jason Knight .... casting associate
Jennifer Page .... casting: Vancouver
Editorial Department
Derek Bonin .... on-line editor: Technicolor Creative Services
Louis Casado .... color timer: Technicolor Creative Services
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate project supervisor: Technicolor Creative Services
Josh Fines .... dailies assistant: Technicolor Creative Services
Jim Fleming .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor Creative Services
Jeremy Kay .... digital intermediate project coordinator: Technicolor Creative Services
Brian Lovery .... colourist: dailies: Technicolor Creative Services
David McGroarty .... first assistant picture editor
Eric Myles .... digital film supervisor: Technicolor Creative Services
Eric Myles .... on-line editor: Technicolor Creative Services
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film technician: Technicolor Creative Services
Brian Reid .... manager of digital imaging: Technicolor Creative Services
Rob Gyorgy .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Creative Services (uncredited)
Music Department
Jody Colero .... music supervisor: Little Joe Music Supervision
Roderick Deogrades .... music editor
Marco DiFelice .... music supervisor: Little Joe Music Supervision (as Marco Difelice)
Lights .... musicians: vocals
Andrew Lockington .... score producer
Dennis Patterson .... engineer
Matt Robertson .... synth programming
Ron Searles .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Mark Carlos .... transport coordinator (as Marc Carlos)
Julie Crawford .... transport captain
Rick Harrett .... motorcycle technician: Norton whisperer
Ed Horton .... driver
Marco Rojas .... driver
Other crew
Denis Ananiadis .... archival and stock footage:
Peter Austin .... archival and stock footage:
Kaitlyn Barnes .... horse wrangler
Baturro .... archival and stock footage:
Grace Carnale-Davis .... sales executive: Technicolor Creative Services
Ester Cecereu .... craft service assistant
Anne Chiu .... publicity assistant
Dove Cresswell .... dog wrangler
David Flaherty .... location manager
Scott Harper .... locations: West Coast
Gord Home .... archival and stock footage:
Walt Kippenhuck .... archival and stock footage:
Jessica MacLean .... horse wrangler
Lenore Nemani .... location scout
Kevin Osgood .... archival and stock footage:
Andrew Penner .... archival and stock footage:
Marguerite Pigott .... story editor
Katharine Jane Reid .... script supervisor (as Katharine Reid)
Serega .... archival and stock footage:
Hanna Tower .... production coordinator
Brian Turley .... production accountant
Daniella Vicuna .... craft service
Woody Whelan .... production office assistant
Kim Yu .... unit publicist
Julie Chang .... business and legal affairs (uncredited)
Justyna Ogorkis .... business affairs (uncredited)
Thomas Mark Walden .... business and legal affairs (uncredited)
Elizabeth Allen .... special thanks
Hussain Amarshi .... special thanks
Leia Armitage .... special thanks
Jennifer Baichwal .... special thanks
Gary Bettman .... special thanks
Karla Bobadilla .... special thanks
Mike Bolt .... special thanks
Ivan Byard .... special thanks
Levi Byard .... special thanks
Claire Cowling .... special thanks
Loretta Demyen .... special thanks
Wade Denesyk .... special thanks
Louis DiFlorio .... special thanks
Isabel Federgreen .... special thanks
Rachel Federgreen .... special thanks
Chris Fox .... special thanks
Bob Gainey .... special thanks
John Galway .... special thanks
Peter Gibson .... special thanks
Judy Glowinski .... special thanks
Fred Hanner .... special thanks
Martin Harbury .... special thanks
Scott Harper .... special thanks
Andrew Heintzman .... special thanks
Phil Hofer .... special thanks
Lila Karim .... special thanks
Andrea Langford .... special thanks
Dan Lyon .... special thanks
Kyle MacDonald .... special thanks
Anne MacKenzie .... special thanks
Jessica MacLean .... special thanks (as Jessica McLean)
Susan Maggi .... special thanks
Mario Marato .... special thanks (as 'Super' Mario Marato)
Aaron Marshall .... special thanks
Julie McGowan .... special thanks
Mark Messier .... special thanks
Sally Mole .... special thanks
John O'Neill .... special thanks
Rino Pace .... special thanks
Pat Park .... special thanks
Denis Potvin .... special thanks
Borje Salming .... special thanks (as Börje Salming)
Joanne Saul .... special thanks: Type Books
Jenna Seguin .... special thanks
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... special thanks
Darryl Sittler .... special thanks
Stephen Smith .... special thanks
Lou Solakofski .... special thanks
Evan Solomon .... special thanks
Peter Sussman .... special thanks
Ralph Tieleman .... special thanks
Brian Trottier .... special thanks
Ellen Valter .... special thanks
Paul Vella .... special thanks
Peg Walsh .... special thanks
Mary Kay Wright .... special thanks
Steve Yzerman .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:Unrated | Germany:12 | Italy:Unrated | Netherlands:Unrated | South Korea:12 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

The hockey player Ben meets at the rink plays for the Anaheim Ducks, which was originally named after The Mighty Ducks (1992), one of Joshua Jackson's first movies.See more »
Errors in geography: As Ben travels west, and before he reaches Banff, AB, he is shown riding through a narrow canyon that is in Radium, BC, some 134 kilometers west of Banff.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?
Doctor:I'm afraid it's not great news. We've picked up cancerous cells in your blood, your liver, and your lymph nodes. We need to get you into treatment right away.
Ben Tyler:How bad is it?
Doctor:It's stage four.
Ben Tyler:How many stages are there?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Hour: Episode #7.24" (2010)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Go West, Young Man, 12 January 2011
Author: rpvanderlinden from Toronto, Canada

I think that director Michael McGowan really loves his main character, Ben. Ben is beautifully played by Joshua Jackson, a part which requires him to react to a lot of things. Ben seems quiet about most things, but not necessarily content. When told that he has cancer and only a short time to live, he's suddenly a man on the cusp of something. It takes only a silly message under the rim of a Tim Horton's coffee cup - "Go west" - to set him in motion. For the first time in his life, he doesn't just fall back into something familiar and comfortable - he takes action. He rejects, at least for the time being, the virtual death of invasive cancer treatment, and goes on a quest for the life he's never really experienced. And when he runs out of "west", as he's afraid he'll do, he goes even further. The road trip in this movie is the road trip, ever further west, to a destination of the spirit. To others, it seems as if he's running away. But he's not. He's running toward something. When his girlfriend and family try to reel him in to safety, to "us", he resists. In a moment I silently cheered he cries out, in frustration, to his girlfriend: "It's not about us! It's about ME!" That may sound selfish, but it's not. It simply means that there are places where other people cannot go. One thing I liked about this film is its adult take on its subject matter. Although frequently funny, it is also contemplative and suggests that, without being ostentatiously heroic, our actions can inspire others. While I was watching the film I was thinking that if it was about only this and nothing else I would have been satisfied. But a film about a man who doesn't stop while it's still safe - but who goes all the way. That appeals to me on a personal level.

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