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One Week (2008)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 6 March 2009 (Canada)
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Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

Director:

Michael McGowan

Writers:

Michael McGowan, Marguerite Pigott (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Ben Tyler
Peter Spence ... Doctor
Marc Strange Marc Strange ... Art Carey
Gage Munroe ... Young Ben
Richard Waugh ... Baseball Coach
Deirdre Kirby Deirdre Kirby ... Mrs. Bell
Liane Balaban ... Samantha Pierce
Fiona Reid ... Mary Tyler
Chuck Shamata ... Gerald Tyler
Caroline Cave ... Nancy Tyler
Jodi Brooks Jodi Brooks ... Nurse Forrester
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Mayor
David Reale ... Pete
Kyle Fairlie Kyle Fairlie ... Oscar
Colin Fox ... Father O'Neill
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Storyline

Out of the blue, Ben learns he has stage IV cancer; survival, with treatment, is 10 percent. So this risk-averse, slow-to-act, quiet man buys a used motorcycle, says goodbye to Samantha, his baffled fiancée, and heads west from Toronto. He imagines it's a quest for Grumps, a mythical figure from his childhood; he takes digital photos of various "world's largest" roadside attractions; he chats with strangers, including two women; his bike slips on a dead skunk on the highway. Calls to Samantha meet with pleading that he return for treatment and anger that he won't. He doesn't want to be a patient yet. But, will he make discoveries, and what about Grumps? What's important? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

What would you do?

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy hét See more »

Filming Locations:

Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 204,375 (Canada), 8 March 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The hockey player Ben meets at the rink plays for the Anaheim Ducks, which was originally named after The Mighty Ducks (1992), one of Joshua Jackson's first movies. See more »

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When Ben is travelling British Columbia, he is seen in Vancouver, then driving through Hell's Gate Tunnel, then on a ferry boat to Vancouver Island. Hell's Gate is actually to the north of Vancouver, on Highway 1 North, and there are very few possibilities from there to get to the island. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?
Doctor: I'm afraid it's not great news. We've picked up cancerous cells in your blood, your liver, and your lymph nodes. We need to get you into treatment right away.
Ben Tyler: How bad is it?
Doctor: It's stage four.
Ben Tyler: How many stages are there?
Doctor: Four.
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References Manufactured Landscapes (2006) See more »

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Weighty Ghost
Written by Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim D'Eon, Jud Haynes
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Performed by Wintersleep
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Good little film that asks an interesting question
13 March 2009 | by hbradshaw1See all my reviews

A well filmed and decently thought out little picture. No, it did not have a lot of the bells and whistles and geegaws of a lot of bigger productions and they could have done a better job with the whole "This Is Canada" thing, but what the hell, did anyone stick around to see the production company and studio information at the end of the end credits? This was not a big-budget Hollywood picture and it did quite well, in my opinion, in spite of all that. I spent a summer in White River and I have a picture somewhere of myself in front of that sign, and remember a good many of the places in the film from two cross country trips when I was a kid. As for all the commentary about the silliness an contrite-ness of Ben's actions throughout the film, we should remember that this is a man who has been given the worst case scenario- terminal illness. Who among us would react rationally? What would we do if we were told we had one week, one month, one year to live? Ben himself gave us his reasons in a nutshell he was, in his words, "over prepared, over insured" what the hell would I do in that exact same situation? Probably exactly what he did, although I wouldn't try to tackle the Rockies on a motorcycle. Maybe a real nice convertible!


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