Passchendaele (2008)

Passchendaele

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Follows the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the key battles of World War I that was fought over nearly four months in 1917.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Gross
On DVD: Nov 3, 2009
Runtime:
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as Michael Dunne

as David Mann

as Cassie Walker

as Royster

as Randolph Dobson-Hugh...
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Critic Reviews for Passchendaele

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

As a director, Gross paints in big, emotive strokes, and though his dialogue often feels too tied to historical fact, this old-fashioned, patriotic war movie has its heart in the right place.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Globe and Mail
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A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of.

October 3, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Passchendaele hearkens back to war films of decades past, when patriotism, valour and integrity were presented without irony. But it is infused with the stoicism of people who know it is their job to try to find meaning within an insane situation.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Toronto fest opener crudely welds the grisly verisimilitude of Saving Private Ryan to the contempo cultural revisionism of Pearl Harbor but can't forge the disparate tones into a powerful whole.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

A kind of Canadian World War I version of Pearl Harbor recast with TV actors and made on a tenth of the budget - yet for all that more endearing than Pearl Harbour.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

Audience Reviews for Passchendaele

Passchendaele is one of the worst films I have ever seen. This film is terrible. The film starts off well enough, but ends up being long and boring. This is a terrific example of how not to do a war film. This film probably has about 15 minutes of actual combat fighting. Nothing more. The acting, and script is terrible. I can't believe that some people think that this is a terrific tribute to those brave men who gave their lives so valiantly for the cause of freedom. This film is a stain on their memory, Paul Gross doesn't know anything on how to make an effective war film, and this proves it. A shameful "war" film about one of Canada's finest hours in battle. This film should be remade and should be told by a director who actually knows the source material.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An incrediable war drama that has it all, romance, drama, action and amasing characters. A splendid, powerful, deeply moving and unforgettable movie. A bold, passionate, well-crafted and patriotic piece of Canadain film. Director and star, Paul Gross gives an honest, riveting and very dedicated performance and also proves to be a promising and visionary filmmaker. Gross crafts a fearless and tremendous historical epic filled with romance and strong battle sequences. A brave solute to the men who fought in the time of the war. One of the best and most excting war films of it's kind since Saving Private Ryan. It's stunning, thrilling and exhilerating. A spectacular and satisfying character driven story. A masterpiece.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

This a sweeping epic of love,courage and faith at the time of world war 1.Yes you may you seen it before but it the key players that keeps this from being just other pearl harbour! It is directed with such passion and fine detail that sweeps you in and then theres the intenes battle sences that are second to none since Saving Private ryan!!All in all an in grossing film that need to be watched and is another slice of history..

briandeguelle
Brian De Guelle

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