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Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion 

TV-MA | | Drama, History | TV Series (2003– )
A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada, in the early hours of December 6, 1917.
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Series cast summary:
Clare Stone ...  Constance 'Connie' Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Max Morrow ...  Courtney 'Court' Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Paul Doucet ...  Captain Le Medec 2 episodes, 2003
Lynne Griffin ...  Millicent Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Richard Donat ...  Patrick Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Gordon Michael Woolvett ...  Sergeant Sam Barlow 2 episodes, 2003
Brian Downey ...  Capt. Horatio Brannen 2 episodes, 2003
John Dunsworth ...  Naval Officer McNabb 2 episodes, 2003
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ...  Commander Frederick Wyatt 2 episodes, 2003
Graham Harley Graham Harley ...  Mr. Cleese 2 episodes, 2003
Jeremy Akerman ...  Rev. George Adams 2 episodes, 2003
Adrien Dixon Adrien Dixon ...  Walter Brannen 2 episodes, 2003
Morrissey Dun Morrissey Dun ...  Dr. Sherman 2 episodes, 2003
Jackie Torrens Jackie Torrens ...  Isabel 'Izzy' 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Shore ...  Gunter 2 episodes, 2003
Alec McClure Alec McClure ...  Jamie Larkin 2 episodes, 2003
Pete Postlethwaite ...  Charles Burchell 2 episodes, 2003
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ...  Mayor Colwell 2 episodes, 2003
Joan Orenstein Joan Orenstein ...  Older Constance 'Connie' Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Graham Greene ...  Elijah Cobb 2 episodes, 2003
Dennis Envoldsen Dennis Envoldsen ...  Vince Coleman 2 episodes, 2003
Nigel Bennett ...  Captain From 2 episodes, 2003
Glenn Lefchak Glenn Lefchak ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2003
Bill Forbes Bill Forbes ...  First Mate Mont Blanc 2 episodes, 2003
Bradley Bailey Bradley Bailey ...  Ned the paperboy 2 episodes, 2003
David McClelland ...  Shipping Manager 2 episodes, 2003
John Walf John Walf ...  British Naval Officer 2 episodes, 2003
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ...  Canadian Surgeon 2 episodes, 2003
Mary-Colin Chisholm ...  Mrs. Mackay 2 episodes, 2003
Andrew MacVicar Andrew MacVicar ...  RCMP #1 2 episodes, 2003
John Fulton John Fulton ...  Councillor #1 2 episodes, 2003
Mitchell Landzaat Mitchell Landzaat ...  Mont Blanc Helmsman 2 episodes, 2003
Stephen Coats ...  Jury Foreman 2 episodes, 2003
Geoff McLean Geoff McLean ...  Imo Pilot 2 episodes, 2003
Stan Carew Stan Carew ...  Imo Helmsman 2 episodes, 2003
Patrick Christopher Patrick Christopher ...  Le Medec's Defense Lawyer 2 episodes, 2003
Mark Graham Mark Graham ...  Wyatt's Defense Lawyer 2 episodes, 2003
Mary Ellen MacLean Mary Ellen MacLean ...  Teacher 2 episodes, 2003
Jacqueline Donovan Jacqueline Donovan ...  Young Mother at Dartmouth Cabin 2 episodes, 2003
Linda Busby Linda Busby ...  Mrs. McGill (Laundry Lady) 2 episodes, 2003
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ...  Representative #1 2 episodes, 2003
Kevin Deagle Kevin Deagle ...  Representative #2 2 episodes, 2003
Hillary Ashley Hillary Ashley ...  Frozen Girl 2 episodes, 2003
Kiersten Tough Kiersten Tough ...  Nurse (Face Slap) 2 episodes, 2003
Geoff McBride Geoff McBride ...  Doctor #3 (Chebucto) 2 episodes, 2003
John Dartt John Dartt ...  Crowd Member #1 2 episodes, 2003
Darcy Lindzon Darcy Lindzon ...  Sergent (Dreamscape) 2 episodes, 2003
Gavin Buhr Gavin Buhr ...  Big Convict 2 episodes, 2003
Sarah Jane Blenkhorn Sarah Jane Blenkhorn ...  Nurse #1 (Chebucto) 2 episodes, 2003
Gordon Trites Gordon Trites ...  Soldier Sent to North Station 2 episodes, 2003
Jeremy Webb Jeremy Webb ...  Mont Blanc Crewman #1 2 episodes, 2003
Jean Morpurgo Jean Morpurgo ...  Crowd Member #2 2 episodes, 2003
Andrew Fowler Andrew Fowler ...  Sergeant on Horseback 2 episodes, 2003
Brianna MacDonald Brianna MacDonald ...  Senior Student 2 episodes, 2003
John Davie ...  Coleman's Friend 2 episodes, 2003
Gary Levert Gary Levert ...  Launch Captain 2 episodes, 2003
Glen Grant Glen Grant ...  Stevedore 2 episodes, 2003
Chris Turner Chris Turner ...  German Spy #1 2 episodes, 2003
Brian Jamieson ...  Peddler 2 episodes, 2003
Susan Leblanc-Crawford Susan Leblanc-Crawford ...  Head Nurse 2 episodes, 2003
David Alexander Miller David Alexander Miller ...  Wounded Soldier (Hospital Ship) 2 episodes, 2003
Shawn Duggan Shawn Duggan ...  Corporal (Looter Shooter) 2 episodes, 2003
Kevin Nugent Kevin Nugent ...  Man (Go to the Hill) 2 episodes, 2003
Adam Pennington Adam Pennington ...  Soldier with Sam's Rescue Party 2 episodes, 2003
Jeri-Matti Helppi Jeri-Matti Helppi ...  Doctor #2 (Chebucto) 2 episodes, 2003
Bridget Bezanson Bridget Bezanson ...  Nurse at Train 2 episodes, 2003
David Christoffel David Christoffel ...  Police Officer - Wyatt Arrest 2 episodes, 2003
Laura Muise Laura Muise ...  Girl (Mortuary) 2 episodes, 2003
Andy Smith ...  Sergeant (Cigarette Out) 2 episodes, 2003
Joseph McKibbon Joseph McKibbon ...  Collin's Clerk 2 episodes, 2003
Jim Fowler Jim Fowler ...  Soldier at Wellington Magazine 2 episodes, 2003
Miles Leahy Miles Leahy ...  Chicken Farmer 2 episodes, 2003
Joscelynne Bordeaux Joscelynne Bordeaux ...  Woman Amputee 2 episodes, 2003
Paul Jessen Paul Jessen ...  German Spy #2 2 episodes, 2003
Murray Vincent Countway Murray Vincent Countway ...  Mr. Thomas 2 episodes, 2003
David J. Francis ...  Mr. Hinch 2 episodes, 2003
Matt Grant ...  Mr. Keeler 2 episodes, 2003
Gil Anderson ...  Woman Dug Out By Sam 2 episodes, 2003
Richard Collins Richard Collins ...  Mont Blanc Engineer 2 episodes, 2003
Miles Meili ...  Sailor #1 Calling All Clear 2 episodes, 2003
George Green George Green ...  Police Officer at Courthouse 2 episodes, 2003
Daniel Lillford ...  Man #1 at Rally 2 episodes, 2003
Lucy Decoutere ...  Woman #1 at Rally 2 episodes, 2003
Zachary Bennett ...  Ernest 'Ernst' Masterson 2 episodes, 2003
Ted Dykstra ...  Francis Mackey 2 episodes, 2003
Tamara Hope ...  Beatrix Collins 2 episodes, 2003
Shauna MacDonald ...  Dr. Barbara Paxton 2 episodes, 2003
Vincent Walsh ...  Captain Charlie Collins 2 episodes, 2003
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Shattered City, an epic two-part mini-series, dramatizes a compelling piece of Canadian history. It is the story of how a tragic incident at the height of the First World War became a living metaphor for the worldwide conflict, and how Halifax arose from the ashes after severe destruction and devastation. In the early hours of December 6, 1917, the Mont Blanc, a French-owned freighter loaded to the gunnel's with thousands of tons of TNT, collided with a Belgian relief ship and exploded in the Halifax Harbour. The explosion was so vast that it killed more than 2,000 people, injured 9,000 more and completely flattened two square kilometers of northern Halifax. The series settles mostly on one family, the Collins, who's eldest son Charlie, a captain in the Royal Canadian Army, who tries to find the rest of his family including his fatally injured father, as well as his mother, and other siblings among the rubble, and later finds himself as a lawyer defending the Mont Blanc's captain, Le ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

CBC [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2003 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Explosão de Halifax See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The blast took 1/50th of a second to destroy the area damaged See more »

Goofs

When the French captain and his crew are arrested, the Mountie determines that the captain is lying about being from Montreal by asking him who won last week's hockey game between Montreal and Toronto. When the captain guesses "Montreal", the Mountie draws his gun and says it was actually Detroit. This dialogue seems to be referring to the National Hockey League, which was formed the same year of the Halifax Explosion. Toronto and Montreal would have had NHL teams at that time, but Detroit didn't enter the league until 1926. (Although Detroit is known as an "Original Six" team, this actually refers to the six teams that comprised the NHL for several decades; the NHL was originally an all-Canadian league for back in 1917, there were no American hockey teams with the league.) See more »

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This film is dedicated to the spirit and the memory of Constance "Connie" Bond Young August 9, 1911 - February 22, 2003 See more »

Connections

Followed by City of Ruins: The Halifax Explosion (2003) See more »

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Not as big a hit as the original
26 October 2003 | by rps-2See all my reviews

CBC is doing what it is supposed to do and it's hard to fault them for that. This story of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 is good but it could be much better. It's also plagued by small errors. (A CNR logo in 1917? WW2 style posters in WW1. A 1930's folding camera with a flash? I don't think so. I spotted these in the first episode. I'm sure there were others.) The characters in the stories woven through the tragedy are both predictable and one dimensional. However the drama leading up to the explosion is well executed and the recreation of Halifax harbour full of old ships is effective. It's good but falls far short of being great.


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