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A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

The extraordinary veritable story of the black bear who would become the inspiration for the stories of A.A. Milne, and the heroic man who saved her life.

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

Simon Vaughan (story), John Goldsmith | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Harry Colebourn
Gil Bellows ... Colonel Barret
David Suchet ... General Hallholland
Stephen Fry ... Protheroe
Jonathon Young ... Macray
Aaron Ashmore ... Corporal Randy Taylor
Ted Atherton ... Captain Elliot
Robert Gauvin Robert Gauvin ... Sgt. Major Picard
Joshua J. Ballard Joshua J. Ballard ... Timmy (as Joshua Ballard)
Miriam Smith ... Timmy's Mother
Arne MacPherson ... Wallace (as Arne Macpherson)
Nathan Valente Nathan Valente ... Evans
Stan Lesk Stan Lesk ... George
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson)
Carson Nattrass Carson Nattrass ... Captain Osbourn
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Storyline

It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who has a natural rapport with animals, saves a black bear cub from being killed by a hunter, who killed the cub's mother. Not knowing what else to do with the cub, Harry brings her along to camp to act as the unit's mascot, who he names Winnie - short for Winnipeg. Most of the men in the unit bond with Winnie, but having such a mascot is against the wishes of the head of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's veterinary division, Colonel Barret. Barret is a tough but fair man, who may have more problems than Winnie in the form of the Expeditionary Force's commanding officer, General Hallholland, a dipsomaniac who uses his position in the army for his own vainglorious purposes. Winnie's stay with Harry and the unit is not always a smooth one, especially in trying to stay under Barret's... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To avoid infringing on Disney's copyright and trademark of Milne's work, the phrase "Winnie the Pooh" was never mentioned throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

World War I started in August 1914. The Canadian Expeditionary Force wouldn't have embarked until many weeks later. Yet all the scenes are in bright and warm summer weather. See more »

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A better than average animal picture
12 December 2004 | by rps-2See all my reviews

I've already nitpicked about a few minor errors. But on the whole this is a pretty accurate, well produced and heart tugging movie that explores a little known tidbit of Canadian history. CBC hopes it will become an annual Christmas favourite. Interesting they cast David Suchet and Christopher Fry rather than Canadian actors. Do they perhaps want star names to help foreign sales? Okay, the ending is a little drippy. But again, this isn't a documentary but a fuzzy feel good animal movie and in that genre, it works well. Again hats off to CBC for fulfilling its mandate to produce original Canadian drama. (FYI-I meant to vote 8 but accidentally hit 9. It's very good but not that good.)


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A bear named Winnie See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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