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Passchendaele (2008)

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Director:

Paul Gross

Writer:

Paul Gross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... Michael Dunne
Michael Greyeyes ... Highway
James Kot ... Skinner
Jesse Frechette Jesse Frechette ... Peters
Rainer Kahl Rainer Kahl ... German Gunner
Landon Liboiron ... German Soldier
Caroline Dhavernas ... Sarah Mann
Patricia Benedict Patricia Benedict ... Nursing Matron
Hugh Probyn Hugh Probyn ... Carmichael
Jim Mezon Jim Mezon ... Dobson-Hughes
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... McKinnon
Joe Dinicol ... David Mann
Meredith Bailey Meredith Bailey ... Cassie Walker
Robert Nogier ... Harper
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Mayor Costello
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Storyline

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle. Written by Mark Cameron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

in love, there is only one rule... don't die.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of realistic graphic war violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Passchendaele See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 847,522 (Canada), 19 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the stunt coordinator Kirk Jarrett, he used up to 200 stunt men in this film. They came in, worked a day or two, and then left the set, just to be replaced by other stunt men. See more »

Goofs

When Sarah enters her house just before Michael is leaving for France, all the windows are broken. From the inside they suddenly are fixed again. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Mann: [about her brother's enlistment] Dunne didn't recruit him?
Cassie Walker: No. He barely had anything to do with it. It was the other man, the British one.
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Crazy Credits

The Alliance logo at the beginning is shown over a cloudy and rainy sky, with noises of explosions and rifle gunshots in the background. See more »

Soundtracks

After The War
Performed by Sarah Slean
Written by Paul Gross and David Keeley
Courtesy of Debmeister Music Publishing
Produced by Asher Lenz and Jack Lenz
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Beneath the surface
5 September 2008 | by doug-697See all my reviews

Passchendaele is part unabashed romance and part horrific and quite graphic war story.

In film World War One has been a neglected war compared to the more morally unambiguous Second World War and the more recent Vietnam War. And films that aren't about American participation are just as neglected. Passchendaele fills that void.

The movie moves quickly and switches between home life and battlefield with surprising ease and effect. I was not bored for a moment of this movie. The movie will make you care about these people when they are at home living their lives and then fear for them at war. While the battle scenes are quite brutal, they are not sensational or exploitive, since to have made them sensational or exploitive would defeat the great effort this movie takes in showing how men had to cope with life after the war and the memories of what they lived through.

Undoubtedly there will be cynics who will decry some moments as contrived or melodramatic, but these are the small-minded who have missed the real emotion of this film. The movie is great entertainment, but there is something going on beneath the surface. This is the first time I can recall a film where the main character is someone who has been both emotionally damaged by the war, but does not succumb to it. I suspect there must be many men coming out of the war who were damaged, but quietly lived with that damage their entire lives. For that depiction alone, this is a great movie.

The movie is not without humour and it has one of the funniest seduction lines I've ever heard uttered by a woman in a movie.

The movie is entertaining, but there's a lot going on and much I haven't mentioned as I don't want to click the spoiler warning. There are scenes I'm still thinking about, which doesn't happen with every movie I see.


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