Genre:  Drama, War
Running Time:  114 min.
Release Date: October 17, 2008
DVD: February 3, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 4.44
based on 16114 votes and 261 reviews
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Cast: Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol, Jim Mezon, Meredith Bailey, Michael Greyeyes, Gil Bellows


Set during the height of the First World War, Passchendaele tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as "Passchendaele". It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Calgary and Fort Macleod, Alberta. The director and several cast members are Canadian.

Director: Paul Gross, Paul Gross
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Niv Fichman, Paul Gross
Screenplay: Paul Gross
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  • 5 stars "Never in my memory of watching war movies in my lifetime from 1949 has a war movie been more real. History revealed that World War 1 was the war to end all wars because of the horror witnessed by that generation. Passchendaele masterfully portrays the basis of that assessment by those who have tried to explain the horror. Furthermore, the only film I have watched multiple times to catch any details likely missed when viewed first,second,third... The best film from America. Canada is exemplary in this presentation of superlative movie making and story telling."
  • 5 stars "really good movie!!!"
  • 5 stars "An excellent recollection of Paschendale"