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A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant... See full summary »

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John Kent Harrison

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Simon Vaughan (story), John Goldsmith | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Harry Colebourn
Gil Bellows ... Colonel Barret
David Suchet ... General Hallholland
Stephen Fry ... Protheroe
Jonathon Young ... Macray
Aaron Ashmore ... Corporal Randy Taylor
Ted Atherton ... Captain Elliot
Robert Gauvin Robert Gauvin ... Sgt. Major Picard
Joshua J. Ballard Joshua J. Ballard ... Timmy (as Joshua Ballard)
Miriam Smith ... Timmy's Mother
Arne MacPherson Arne MacPherson ... Wallace (as Arne Macpherson)
Nathan Valente Nathan Valente ... Evans
Stan Lesk Stan Lesk ... George
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson)
Carson Nattrass Carson Nattrass ... Captain Osbourn
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It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who has a natural rapport with animals, saves a black bear cub from being killed by a hunter, who killed the cub's mother. Not knowing what else to do with the cub, Harry brings her along to camp to act as the unit's mascot, who he names Winnie - short for Winnipeg. Most of the men in the unit bond with Winnie, but having such a mascot is against the wishes of the head of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's veterinary division, Colonel Barret. Barret is a tough but fair man, who may have more problems than Winnie in the form of the Expeditionary Force's commanding officer, General Hallholland, a dipsomaniac who uses his position in the army for his own vainglorious purposes. Winnie's stay with Harry and the unit is not always a smooth one, especially in trying to stay under Barret's... Written by Huggo

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bear | mascot | bear cub | soldier | zoo | See All (22) »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

CBC [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

At White River Ontario (on the north shore of Lake Superior) there is a park and a large monument to Winnie the bear who became Winnie The Pooh. See more »

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The troop train is a CPR train yet the coaches are green. CP's passenger coaches were always maroon. See more »

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The Most Beautiful Story Ever
12 December 2004 | by dalsun75See all my reviews

What a beautiful movie! After seeing this movie, I guess I'll fall in love with Winnie the pooh much more than before.

This story happens around World War I. But it isn't about war... it's about love between Lt. Harry Colebourn and his little bear Winnie which later became the inspiration for the famous "Winnie the Pooh" stories.

I show my respect to Lt. Harry Colebourn, his fellow soldiers (especially Ian Macray) and Col.John Barret. Even though they were in the edge of war time, they did their best to take care of this little furry creature and kept love for her all the way.

I strongly recommend this movie to those who have furry family members. Animals can teach you what true love is...


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