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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

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Trivia

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

Ernie Neuman: I guess you're half crazy when you're going to die.
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Soundtracks

I Wonder Who, You're Calling Sweetheart -Fox Trot
(Original Edison Recording)
Written by Joe Goodwin (as Goodin) -Al Piantadosi (as Piantadosi) -Bud Green (as Green)
Performed by Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra
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Hats off to a brave effort
8 May 2006 | by stashyjonSee all my reviews

Not the best film in the world. The lighting is poor, he acting wooden and the plot, although interesting is buried in a pile of ham-fisted direction. BUT, when you consider this film was made on a the sort of budget that would cover an assistant sparky's wages on a Tom Cruise movie using minimal equipment, by a bunch of part timers, you have to give them high marks for an ambitious effort that just manages to keep the right side of interesting from beginning to end.

Indeed there is enough art house style camera work, cleaver use of a 78 RPM soundtrack, and fairly natural dialogue to make the whole 90 minutes a worth while watch; provided you are able to over look the restrictions of the minute budget. Add in some blackly funny Stan and Ollie type moments, such as the suicide by gas cooker sequence, and the result is a film that has cult classic scrawled all over it.


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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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