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A War Story ()


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A Canadian doctor interned at a Japanese POW Camp during WWII must tend to his fellow British prisoners who are being worked to death in a mine.

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Narrated by (voice)
David Edney ...
Ben Wheeler
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Peter Seed (as Frank Turner)
Doug Kier ...
Medical Orderly
Doug Bagot ...
Medical Orderly
W. Forrest MacDonald ...
Prisoner of War
Brian Laird ...
Prisoner of War
Patrick McGuigan ...
Prisoner of War
Grant Carmichael ...
Prisoner of War
Dean Stoker ...
Prisoner of War
Bill Johnston ...
Prisoner of War
Alan Stebbings ...
Prisoner of War (as Allan Stebbings)
Keith Mullan ...
Prisoner of War
Gerry Whelpton ...
Prisoner of War
Philip Zyp ...
Prisoner of War
Cecil Grinstead ...
Prisoner of War
Larry Bauer ...
Prisoner of War
Tom Whitton ...
Prisoner of War
Jim Algie ...
Prisoner of War
Rodrigue Deschênes ...
Prisoner of War
Tim Davidson ...
Prisoner of War
George Tsuruda ...
Guard
Tosio Takahashi ...
Guard
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Directed by

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Anne Wheeler

Written by

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Ben Wheeler ... (diary of) (as Dr. Ben Wheeler)
 
Anne Wheeler ... (written by)

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Tom Radford ... executive producer
Michael J.F. Scott ... executive producer (as Michael Scott)
Anne Wheeler ... producer

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Maurice Marshall

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Robert Nichol ... (cinematography by)
Ron Orieux ... (cinematography by)

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Ray Harper

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Michael Dorsey
Donaleen Saul

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Jenny Diment ... makeup artist

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David McAree ... assistant director

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Christine McLean ... props (as Chris McLean)

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Jean-Pierre Joutel ... re-recording
Michel Lalonde ... sound (as Michèle Lalonde)
Ralph Parker ... sound

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Gary Armstrong ... camera assistant
Ian Elkin ... camera assistant

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Svend-Erik Eriksen ... still photo animator

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Christine McLean ... wardrobe (as Chris McLean)

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Dean Stoker ... location manager

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Avrel Fisher ... research: photo and film
Pat Hart ... unit administrator
Yasuko Hiruki ... translator
Guy Lamontagne ... titles
Leah Main ... production assistant
Peter Mitchell ... production assistant
Pamela Nichol ... production assistant
Margaret Smith ... unit administrator

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George Blair ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film (as Dr. George Blair)
Freddie Crossley ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
David Donnelly ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
Fred Down ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
Jack O. Edwards ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
George Harrison ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
Ben Mackenzie ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
J. McLoughlin ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
Peter Seed ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film (as Dr. Peter Seed)
Arthur Smith ... our sincere thanks: for his song "Down the Mine" (as Trumpeter Arthur Smith)
Josiah Thompson ... our sincere thanks: to all the men who generously shared their memories and time to the making of this film
Nellie Rose Wheeler ... a special thank you to: my Mother, for sharing the diary originally written to her (as Nellie Rose)
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Plot Summary

Major Ben Wheeler was a Canadian doctor assigned to Singapore when the Japanese forced an unconditional surrender of the British and took him prisoner in 1942. He was taken to the notorious Kinkaseki Japanese POW mining camp in Formosa (Taiwan) and given the task of maintaining the mental and physical health of the British POWs. Wheeler kept detailed diaries of his experiences during his three and a half years at the camp and excerpts are narrated with dramatized scenes of the traumatic experiences of daily life. The working conditions in the mines caused innumerable injuries, and disease and malnutrition were rampant, but Wheeler had to make do with very few medical supplies and equipment. Also featured is newsreel footage of related events, archival footage of the camp, interviews with fellow survivors of the camp who unanimously praised Wheeler for his good work and provide their perspectives on the events described by him, and finally snippets of Wheeler's family life back home in Canada, before and after the war. Written by pr1mal_1

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  • 82 min
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Budget CAD368,000 (estimated)

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Movie Connections Edited into A War Story: Based on the Diaries of Dr. Ben Wheeler (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Down the Mine See more »
Crazy Credits The producer wishes to acknowledge that archival footage and photographs from many different Far East prisoner of war camps were used to tell this story. See more »

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