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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.


John Huckert


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


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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 ... 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


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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Release Date:

May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fases da Morte 9 See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Did You Know?


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 »


Ernie Neuman: I guess you're half crazy when you're going to die.
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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(Original Edison Recording)
Music by Jaan Kenbrovin (as Kenbrovin) (Nat Vincent, James Kendis and James Brockman)
Lyrics by John W. Kellette (as Kellette)
Contralto and Tenor with Orchestra
Performed by George Wilton Ballard
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A near-classic scif-fi obscuro gem
23 December 2006 | by NullnessSee all my reviews

The Passing is a film without a plot, an experience with seemingly no end. The viewer is just as likely to be bombarded by documentary-style footage of two old men hanging around as he is to watch the grim torture of a rapist, or the psycho-tronic sounds and weird visions of medical instruments. To be honest, I really liked this movie, but I also found it pretty boring, so I would have to watch 15 minutes a day for about a week, watching it in small doses, like reading a chapter a day of a book. But I can't say I didn't find the whole experience mesmerizing. Not having any idea what this movie was about, I first thought it was going to be about demonology, or murder. The film takes its sweet time coming to any semblance of a plot, but even this aspect of the movie isn't handled in any obvious ways, but is rather interpreted by the viewer via sounds and feelings. Never is the plot really intelligible, but never is it really uninteresting either. I don't know what else to say about this movie but that the editing was excellent, the music excellent (both the contrasting 20's and 80's music samples and the scary-as-f88ck syntheziser song that drones through the whole thing) and the two old men were great actors. I really believed for the most part that they were just two old friends hanging out, and there was some documentary team following them around (and this movie was made far before the docudrama fad became cheesy). In fact, the only thing I didn't find so interesting about this movie was the plot, which seemed a little tagged on- but oh well. It's a shame that someone associated with this movie, the editor at least, didn't go on to greater recognition.

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