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Battle of the Brave (2004)

Nouvelle-France (original title)
In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.

Director:

Jean Beaudin

Writer:

Pierre Billon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Godin-Vigneau Noémie Godin-Vigneau ... Marie-Loup Carignan
David La Haye ... François le Gardeur
Juliette Gosselin ... Young France Carignan
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Xavier Maillard
Gérard Depardieu ... Father Thomas Blondeau
Bianca Gervais ... Acoona
Irène Jacob ... Angélique de Roquebrune
Pierre Lebeau ... Joseph Carignan
Vincent Perez ... Intendant Le Bigot
Isabel Richer ... France Carignan
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Madeleine Carignan (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
Tim Roth ... William Pitt
Jason Isaacs ... Général James Wolfe
Colm Meaney ... Benjamin Franklin
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Owashak (as William Merasty)
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Storyline

Prejudice, perfidy, love, and bravery in Québec. In 1779, a priest on his deathbed receives a young woman. Flash back 20 years: Marie-Loup, an herb-dispensing peasant, falls for François, a man of property. The priest's perfidy and the treachery of a soldier separate the lovers and set in motion a chain of events leading to a death, a trial, and an execution. The action unfolds against a backdrop of England's take-over of French-Canada, the Church's manipulations to maintain spiritual hegemony, and the limited rights of woman and indigenous peoples. Watching it all is Marie-Loup's daughter, named France, who, when grown, is the dying priest's visitor in prelude and coda. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Rise. Unite. Fight.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | UK | France

Release Date:

20 July 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Brave See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$468,625, 21 November 2004

Gross USA:

$1,599,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,058,007
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Céline Dion: Ma Nouvelle-France (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Nouvelle-France
music by Patrick Doyle
lyrics by Luc Plamondon
sung by Céline Dion
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30 millions dollars gone away for this
22 November 2004 | by darius6608See all my reviews

That's the worst film I saw since a long time. Historic accuracy is totally non-existent. For example, James Wolfe, who his depicted as an anti-French Canadian, is shown in London during the summer of 1759. Natives are like Indians of a bad Hollywood movie of the 60's : They wear deerskin clothes and ride horses (The Montagnais had never ride horses). The film is taking place in Quebec City, but footage is set in Louisbourg, showing the Atlantic Ocean.

The original scenario was supposed to include the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, but the producers drop this idea saying that costs for uniforms and participants would be more than 4 millions dollars ! I think they never heard about re-enactment.

All the movie is planned to be a new Titanic : an impossible love during an historic tragedy (the fall of New-France). There's even a song performed by Celine Dion at the end of the movie (Yes, I stayed till the end of the movie, but I deeply regret). But the worst thing of all is that this movie cost 30 millions dollars. I just don't know how they spend all this money.

Sorry for my anger, but I'm just too irritated.


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