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The Passing (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1983 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Huckert

Writers:

John Huckert (screenplay), Mary Maruca (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Carroll Plaster James Carroll Plaster ... Ernie Neuman
Welton Benjamin Johnson Welton Benjamin Johnson ... Leviticus (Rose) Washington
John Huckert John Huckert ... Wade Carney / Rejuvenated Ernie (as John W. Huckert Jr.)
Lynn Odell ... Monica / Foreign Movie Actress
Daniel Dunn Daniel Dunn ... Pudge (Wade's Son)
Albert B. Smith Albert B. Smith ... Man at Bar / Rapist / Encephalo-Transfer Body
Michael Dumonceau Michael Dumonceau ... Radio Announcer
Rodney Harding Rodney Harding ... Blackjack
J. Dennis Marsico J. Dennis Marsico ... Loverboy
Mark McPherson ... Whistler
Flora Batien Flora Batien ... Doris, Ernie's Wife
Mark Steckbeck Mark Steckbeck ... Young Ernie WWII
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Young Rose WWII (as Tony 'Tico' Wells)
Bruce Bowers Bruce Bowers ... World War II Reinactment
Stewart Bryant 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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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: Hope you're all enjoying our excursion down memory lane. I apologize for the technical problems were having but these old recordings don't last forever, you know.
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Soundtracks

Whispering - Fox Trot
(Original Edison Recording)
Written by John Schonberger
Performed by 'Green Bros. Novelty Band'
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A recondite and very personal science-fiction oddity.
19 May 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

This film presents two seemingly unrelated narratives...one concerning a young death-row inmate awaiting his execution, the other centering on a pair of aging war buddies who are out of step with modern times and contemplating suicide. These characters merge for a bizarre and unexpected final curtain.

Despite the observable indicators of a piggy-bank budget, this is an interesting and unusual indie project. Don't expect a marvel of special effects magic or edge-of-your-seat action...this is a quiet, meditative, and curiously spiritual film focused more on the characters than the fantastical situation at hand. As spotty as it may be in execution, THE PASSING is a poignant, thoughtful effort which demands greater regard.

6/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fases da Morte 9 See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color
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