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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 overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... Michael Dunne
Michael Greyeyes ... Highway
James Kot ... Skinner
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

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Taglines:

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

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Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Paul Gross wrote and directed this film, and it's closing song "After the War". His grandfather Michael Dunne, a WWI vet, once confessed to a young Gross about bayoneting a young lad in the forehead. Gross later said on Dunne's deathbed he was muttering for forgiveness and he was the only one who knew what was being talked about. See more »

Goofs

A couple of the soldiers cycle the bolts of their Lee-Enfield rifles in spite of not having fired. Cycling the bolt on a Lee-Enfield rifle ejects the spent cartridge from the previous shot; if the rifle had yet to be fired, it would eject an intact round rather than a shell casing and it would have been a wasted action. See more »

Quotes

Michael Dunne: Listen to me. Forests burn 'cos they have to. And oceans, they go up and down 'cos they have to. I don't think we're that different. If you want to get through this you have to start seeing it for what it is. It's something we do all the time because we're good at it. And we're good at it because we're used to it. And we're used to it because we do it all the time.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Black and White footage of the real battle of Passchendaele are shown. 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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At last...
31 October 2008 | by rps-2See all my reviews

At last a genuine Canadian movie... Calgary is Calgary... The Americans didn't win the battle, didn't even turn up anywhere... There were no Stars and Stripes in every office. Okay, the plot --- a sort of WW1 Saving Private Ryan effort set against the bloody Belgian battle --- is a little far fetched. But the scenes --- both in 1916 Calgary and in the mud and horror of the battlefield --- are as good as those in any WW1 movie I've seen. There are believable characters well portrayed both in the script and by the actors. The effects are superb. The lighting and cinematography are sensitive and creative. And how very impressive that Paul Gross was a triple threat man. He wrote it, he directed it and he starred in it. That totals 300% This is as good as they come.


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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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Budget:

CAD20,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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