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Release Date:
18 September 2009 (Turkey) See more »
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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen McHattie ... Grant Mazzy

Lisa Houle ... Sydney Briar

Georgina Reilly ... Laurel-Ann Drummond
Hrant Alianak ... Dr. Mendez

Rick Roberts ... Ken Loney (voice)

Daniel Fathers ... Nigel Healing

Beatriz Yuste ... Nancy Freethy
Tony Burgess ... Tony (Lawrence)

Boyd Banks ... Jay (Osama)
Hannah Fleming ... Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns ... Colleen (Daud)

Laura Nordin ... Spooky Woman

Louis Negin ... Conversationalist
Diane Gordon ... Conversationalist

Daniel Park ... Conversationalist
Yvonne Moore ... Conversationalist
Raffaele Carniato ... Conversationalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Derek Scott ... Fish Hut Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce McDonald 
Writing credits
Tony Burgess (written by)

Tony Burgess (novel "Pontypool Changes Everything")

Produced by
Jeffrey Coghlan .... producer
Henry Cole .... executive producer
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
Jasper Graham .... executive producer
Billie Mintz .... associate producer
John Nadalin .... line producer
Michale Raske .... associate producer
Ambrose Roche .... producer
Isabella Smejda .... executive producer
Nick Sorbara .... associate producer
Original Music by
Claude Foisy 
Cinematography by
Miroslaw Baszak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeremiah Munce 
Production Design by
Lea Carlson 
Art Direction by
Andrew Berry 
Set Decoration by
Andrij Molodecky 
Costume Design by
Sarah Armstrong 
Makeup Department
Indiana Allemang .... key hair stylist
Indiana Allemang .... key makeup artist
Matthew Dewilde .... key prosthetic designer and applicator (as Matthew DeWilde)
Davida Gragor .... assistant hair stylist
Davida Gragor .... assistant makeup artist
Laura MacCon .... daily hair stylist
Laura MacCon .... daily makeup artist
Sheilagh McGrory .... prosthetic makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Marc Bachli .... post-production supervisor
John Nadalin .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Hepburn .... trainee assistant director
John Pace .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jefferson Gonsalves .... head painter
Matthew Hallett .... carpenter (as Matthew 'Chewy' Hallett)
Lyle Jobe .... set dresser
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... construction coordinator
Zack Lovatt .... art department trainee
Joe McLean .... head carpenter
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Adrienne Trent .... property master
Chris Gotzamanis .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Hazen .... re-recording mixer
John Hazen .... sound mixer
John Hooper .... assistant sound trainee
Michael LaCroix .... sound recordist
Steve Munro .... sound designer
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daryl Purdy .... boom operator
Jan Rudy .... re-recording mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
John Sievert .... foley artist
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
Steve Copley .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim Ferguson .... special effects assistant
Michael W. Hamilton .... special effects assistant (as Mike Hamilton)
Dylan Hankinson .... special effects assistant
Geoff Hill .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Archambault .... digital artist: Mr. X
Ioan Balcosi .... digital artist: Mr. X
Sarah Barber .... visual effects coordinator
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer
Zac Campbell .... digital artist: Mr. X
Kris Carson .... digital artist: Mr. X
Mike Duffy .... digital artist: Mr. X
Isabelle Langlois .... visual effects production manager
Mel Martin .... visual effects coordinator (as Melanie Martin)
Claire McLachlan .... digital artist: Mr. X
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Jim Price .... digital artist: Mr. X
Sebastien Proulx .... digital artist: Mr. X (as Sebastian Proulx)
Kevin Quatman .... compositing supervisor: Mr. X
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital artist: Mr. X
Ben Simons .... digital artist: Mr. X
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc (uncredited)
Mike Kwan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Dan Belley .... stunts
Christopher Cordell .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Cordell)
Joel Harris .... stunt rigger
Vanessa Reid .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Vanessa King .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miroslaw Baszak .... camera operator
Matthew Bedard .... third assistant camera
Vinit Borrison .... camera operator: "b" camera
Angela Chao .... second assistant: "b" camera
Mike Chase .... generator operator
Caitlin Cronenberg .... still photographer
Michael Dawson .... first assistant: "b" camera (as Mike Dawson)
Neil Diceman .... generator operator
Krista Dzialoszynski .... electrician (as Krista Dzaloszynski)
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (as David Ferguson)
Erik Greensmith .... dit technician: red cam
Greg Haddow .... electrician
Jason E. Hamilton .... electrician (as Jason Hamilton)
John Hickey .... first assistant camera
John Reed Hryszkiewicz .... camera trainee
Aaron Johnstone .... electrician
Sean Keay .... electrician
James Kennedy .... generator operator
Richard D. Leko .... electrician (as Richard Leko)
Bob Lyte .... electrician
Bob Mallen .... grip
Mike McDonald .... chief lighting technician
Bill Melanson Jr. .... dolly grip (as William 'J.R.' Melanson)
Frank Merino .... electrician
Monty Montgomerie .... best boy grip
Beth Nobes .... second assistant camera
Doug Reid .... best boy electric (as Douglas Reid)
Todd Sands .... electrician
Julia Seidman .... camera trainee
Sean Skarupa .... electrician
Nicole Torok .... second assistant camera
Steve Van Denzen .... grip (as Steve VanDenzen)
Ioana Vasile .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Endes .... assistant costume designer
Jeanette Linton .... daily wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Hardave Grewal .... digital intermediate conform
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Johnny Megalos .... one-light colourist: Redlab
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Duff Smith .... assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate recordist (uncredited)
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Greg Holmgren .... location manager
Music Department
Jody Colero .... music supervisor
Michael Perlmutter .... music consultant
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Hanna Lim .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Joe Alonzi .... production assistant (as Joseph Alonzi)
Steve Beatty .... insurance broker: C&C Media & Entertainment
Russell Bright .... production assistant
Brad Brown .... production assistant
Dany Chiasson .... executive: Shadow Shows
Gordon Culley .... epk
Jamie Daubney .... production assistant
Jeff Edgson .... craft service assistant
Paul Gillet .... production assistant
Aaron Hall .... production assistant
Pete Harvey .... production assistant
Matti Huhta .... script supervisor
Umnia Karshe .... production assistant
Olivia Le Bihan .... production assistant
Jacob Lew .... production assistant
Nancy MacKay .... craft service assistant (as Nancy McKay)
Vivian Mak .... production assistant
Brian Mancini .... production assistant
Andrew K. Martin .... epk
Jacinta McDonnell .... stand-in
Jonathan Milukow .... production assistant
Richie Mitchell .... production assistant (as Ritchie Mitchell)
J.L. Munce .... titles
Raj Nandy .... production assistant
Howard Ng .... production coordinator
Mick Parkinson .... production assistant
J.R. Powell .... epk (as JR Powell)
Michale Raske .... production accountant
Matthew Chrones Scott .... production assistant (as Matt Chrones Scott)
Peter Snider .... stand-in
Sasha Stoltz .... unit publicist
Rebecca Swift .... assistant coordinator
Andrew Vaz .... production assistant
Krista Johnston .... clearances (uncredited)
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)
Justin Rebelo .... the filmmakers wish to thank

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93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (2009) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

"Pontypool" was produced as both a motion picture, and as a radio play. Both versions of "Pontypool" were influenced by Orson Welles' infamous radio production of "The War of the Worlds." The radio play was broadcast on the BBC's Art & Culture section of their World Service website. It is approximately 58 minutes long, as opposed to the film's running time of 95 minutes.See more »
[first lines]
Grant Mazzy:Mrs. French's cat is missing. The signs are posted all over town. "Have you seen Honey?" We've all seen the posters, but nobody has seen Honey the cat. Nobody. Until last Thursday morning, when Miss Colette Piscine swerved her car to miss Honey the cat as she drove across a bridge...
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Smart, fun, and surprisingly original!, 12 October 2014
Author: ryandannar from United States

Every once in awhile I happen across a movie on Netflix that's a few years old, and perhaps I've been meaning to watch it, but for whatever reason I'm only now getting around to it -- and surprise of surprises! -- it's really great!

"Pontypool" is such a film. It's from 2008, and I'm not sure it ever got a wide theatrical release; it doesn't have any major stars; and it takes place mostly within a single location -- but this little horror gem is one of the most intriguing genre films I've seen in a long time!

The setup is fun, and is unfortunately all I can give you without spoiling what makes this film special.

Radio shock-jock Grant Mazzy has just started hosting the morning show at a radio station in the small, remote town of Pontypool, Ontario. It's not a job he's thrilled about; it seems he was recently fired for some controversial on-air antics at a station in a larger market. At any rate, he's determined to make the best of it when, during his usual broadcast one blizzardy morning, the station's producer and engineer pick up some strange chatter over the police-scanner. This is followed by a few bizarre phone calls, and then some frightening news from the station's "eye in the sky" weatherman. It seems that an outbreak of sorts is unfolding in the small town of Pontypool. Or is it?

Part of the film's appeal, initially, is the fact that we never leave the radio station. We're stuck there, along with the station's 3-person staff -- and therefore, we only know what they know. It's a realistic, intimate, and claustrophobic way to approach this story. Is there a real emergency happening? Or is it an elaborate hoax? At first we can't be sure, and neither can Grant Mazzy -- who eventually suspects that his employers may be having a laugh at his expense.

But that's not where the film's true brilliance lies. I'd like to talk all about what I thought was so goddamn intriguing about this film -- but that's something I think you'll enjoy more if you discover it yourself. I will say one thing which perhaps serves as a kind of hint: Few films have a high regard for the power of language. Dialogue, in the average mainstream Hollywood movie, tends to be functional at best. It serves to move the plot along and to tell the audience about what the characters are thinking. "Pontypool" has a special regard for language. It's not something that's apparent from the outset, but it becomes more apparent as the film proceeds. If you, like me, have any appreciation for the power of words, you will get a thrill when you find out where this film is headed.

"Pontypool" is a good film with a great premise, and is a very refreshing take on the "zombie movie" and "contagion" genres. It's fun and suspenseful, it's a little bit gory, and it contains some neat ideas that I can honestly say I haven't seen used in this way before. If you find my description of this movie intriguing, I definitely recommend the film to you.

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