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The Passing (1985)

Two elderly World War II buddies are living - and dying - together in their small home. One becomes a patient where salvage-worthy, older attributes are combined with useable, younger body parts. He returns, unrecognized by the other.

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James Carroll Plaster ... Ernie Neuman
Welton Benjamin Johnson ... Leviticus (Rose) Washington
John Huckert ... Wade Carney / Rejuvenated Ernie (as John W. Huckert Jr.)
... Monica / Foreign Movie Actress
Daniel Dunn ... Pudge (Wade's Son)
Albert B. Smith ... Man at Bar / Rapist / Encephalo-Transfer Body
Michael Dumonceau ... Radio Announcer
Rodney Harding ... Blackjack
... Loverboy
... Whistler
Flora Batien ... Doris, Ernie's Wife
Mark Steckbeck ... Young Ernie WWII
Tico Wells ... Young Rose WWII (as Tony 'Tico' Wells)
Bruce Bowers ... World War II Reinactment
Stewart Bryant ... World War II Reinactment
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Two elderly World War II buddies are living - and dying - together in their small home. One becomes a patient where salvage-worthy, older attributes are combined with useable, younger body parts. He returns, unrecognized by the other.

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May 1985 (USA)  »

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Fases da Morte 9  »

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An earlier version of the film featured a comical subplot about a virus being unleashed on the public. When the film's editing was almost finished, the AIDS epidemic had began, and writer/director Huckert felt it may be misinterpreted as disrespectful, so the subplot was removed, resulting in the many "cutting room floor" credit listings for actors whose performances were lost from the final cut. See more »

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Ernie Neuman: I used to think when I got old enough to drink I'd be really living. And then I thought when I had a woman... boy, that'd be it! Well, it looks like death's right up there with livin' these days. Pretty soon, time's all gone. And there ya are eyeball to eyeball with the thing. And you still can't make heads or tails out of... out of anything.
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The Pussy Cat Rag
(Original Edison Recording)
Written by Joseph M. Daly (as Daly) and Thomas S. Allen (as Allen)
Comic Song with Orchestra
Performed by Peerless Quartet
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Much better then I thought
27 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

*****************SPOILERS******************* Weird movie about two elderly army buddies who, after living together and looking after each other for years, come to the realization that the end is near and how their getting too old and sick to look after and help each other as the thought of death or suicide starts enter their minds.

The movie then cuts to an unnamed big city where we see a brutal murder and the man who committed the murder is later brought to justice. It then strikes me that the movie plot takes place in the future when it turns that one of the men in the beginning of the movie, Ernie, James Plaster, has submitted his name to a state program that takes the soul of a terminally ill or dying person and somehow puts it into the body of a healthy executed convict.

Ernie is worried about his friend Leviticus, Walton Benjamin, who's already tried to commit suicide and because of Ernie's failing health he feels that if he's not around to take care of Leviticus the worst would happen to him. It seems that during WWII Leviticus saved Ernie's life in Europe an Ernie feels that he owes Leviticus at least that much.

Ernie gets his "Body change" but when he returns back home to Leviticus as a different and much younger person he finds that what Ernie thought it, the body change, would do wasn't exactly what he expected or hoped for.

Very good story about a subject that's been done before with bigger budgets and top actors about dying and coming back as someone else, but not under the same conditions as the movie "The Passing" has with a more realistic outcome. Too bad this movie is almost impossible to find in the video stores and I doubt we'll ever see it on TV because it's a lot better then most movies about the same subject are.


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