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Title year:1980
Original dialogue(s):English
Running time:81 min 50 sec
Description:Based on the diaries of Canadian doctor Ben Wheeler during his internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, this is not a "war story" in the conventional sense of strategy and battles but rather a glowing account of the spirit and its will to survive physical and mental suffering. Newsreel footage of the fall of Singapore (where Major Wheeler was captured) has been interwoven with dramatic reconstructions of scenes inside the mining camp and interviews with survivors.

Credited as:
Director(s):Anne Wheeler
Screen writer(s):Anne Wheeler

Credited as: Character name:
Actor(s):David EdneyDr. Ben Wheeler
Frank C. TurnerPeter Seed
Doug Kiermedical orderly
Doug Bagotmedical orderly
W. Forrest MacDonaldprisoner
Patrick McGuiganprisoner
Dean Stokerprisoner
Alan Stebbingsprisoner
Gerry Whelptonprisoner
Cecil Grinsteadprisoner
Tom Whittonprisoner
Rodrigue Deschênesprisoner
Brian Lairdprisoner
Grant Carmichaelprisoner
Bill Johnstonprisoner
Keith Mullanprisoner
Philip Zypprisoner
Larry Bauerprisoner
Jim Algieprisoner
Tim Davidsonprisoner
George Tsurudaguard
Tosio Takahashiguard

Credited as:
Producer(s):Anne Wheeler
Executive producers(s):Tom Radford
Michael Scott

Credited as:
Editor(s):Ray Harper
Musician(s):Maurice Marshall
Narrator(s):Donald Sutherland (reads the diary)
Anne Wheeler
Photography:Robert Nichol
Ron Orieux
Location sound mixer(s):Ralph Parker
Michèle Lalonde

Support:16mm col (Kodak 7247)

Release:Edmonton (Citadel)November 08, 1981

Hong Kong
Edmonton (Alta.)
Laboratory:Alpha Cine Service Ltd. (Vancouver)
National Film Board (Montréal)3

Distribution area:CanadaNational Film Board
QuebecNational Film Board

CFFD Reference No.: 939