Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion

6.72 h 48 min200318+
A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada in the early hours of December 6, 1917.
Bruce Pittman
Clare StoneMax MorrowPaul Doucet
English [CC]
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starlucyReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful portrayal of the incident
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I had to take in consideration that this is a movie, based on the event. There are some story thread that did not exist in reality. This was done to make a "better story" more interesting to a broader audience, I'm sure. But read the book about the Halifax disaster, then watch this movie to see a good account of what it looked like. The ship, smoke, pink-green sky, were done well in F-X. The blinded dozens were portrayed by one person, which makes sense in this portrayal. A bit over romantic in spots, but that, too, was for audience fodder. Overall, I enjoyed seeing the event sort of come to life, so that I could see what a true disaster it was at the time. Worth it.
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2Bad4AllReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I was very impressed with this film.
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This was a really good film, and supposedly based on a true event. It is well made, for the era of time, and I thought the actors all did a great job overall. I never heard anything about this event until I saw this film. I highly recommend watching this one, esp. if you like learning about history.
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Rescue A DogReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
This is a good movie and if I had not read' " The ...
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This is a good movie and if I had not read' " The Curse of the Narrows" by Laura M. MacDonald first I would have enjoyed it even more. The movie mostly follows the events of one family and so is limited in it's scope and you don't get the same depth of detail and suspense that you do in Ms. MacDonald's book but, if this is an event that draws you in then this should be part of your collection.

If this story intrigues you, you might want to read " Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 " by Daniel James Brown and /or "Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 by Michael Punke
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Lisa L. BurkettReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2013
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A decent adaptation of the history of the explosion, and the effect of war on communities. There are some sexual themes and language, as well as some moderately graphic scenes (parents beware). I felt that the graphic content was tastefully handled to bring across the horrors of war, especially in contrast to the ignorance of communities that were far removed from the fighting. The thing that was not as well represented as it could have been was the rash of fires that broke out as a result of overturned coal stoves. The film focuses more on the explosion debris and blizzard that slowed recovery and rescue operations, but big fires were also part of the problem, especially since the new fire truck and its crew were lost on the pier when the explosion occurred. I am not as well versed in this portion of nautical history as in others, but from what I know of it, the film is not entirely accurate, but Janet Kitz and other more informed people could shed better light on the film's authenticity. One moment that was a genuine treat might be considered a little mocking, though I don't think it was at all meant that way. It could not have been an accident that the boatman who pulls up next to the fiery Mont Blanc was...well, Red Green fans will get it. "Ka-boom!" Apart from the explosion, though, I think the film seeks to foster a greater appreciation for the common soldier and what the price of freedom really is. That is what I liked best about the lead character.
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Neb42Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superior to Most Disaster Movies
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I had never even heard of the explosion at Halifax Harbor (in 1917) until I watched this most engrossing film. Those who made the movie managed to weave the facts of the story into the lives of a host of interesting characters that were realistically portrayed by an outstanding cast of adult and child actors. “Shattered City” is well worth watching and far superior to most of the disaster fare available on Amazon Prime Video.
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LauraReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
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Shattered City
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My husband read the book and at the time we were watching ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ Noah Reid played Patrick, and is from Canada and his wife, Clare Stone, played in ‘Shattered City.’ So I surprised my husband by renting the film on Amazon. This movie took a different angle from the book but it really portrays the catastrophe that it was. Definitely recommend.
ME JohnsonReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
And it's a true story.
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Excellent. Watched it 3 times in a row (so far) today. If the story isn't tugging on the heart strings, it has you fumbling to pick up your dropped jaw. Intense special effects - I can still hear the explosions. I'm hooked. This movie was so intriguing that I am now going to have to exhaust every library and book store/web site for more information. Okay, 'nuff said. Back to the movie!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Well acted. Great effects.
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