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The Wars (1983)

120 min | Drama, War

Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels compassion for his weak and conventional father. He ...See moreRobert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels compassion for his weak and conventional father. He avoids any confrontation with his mother, a dominating woman whose despondency at having given birth to a handicapped child has turned to bitterness. Rowena occupies a central position in Robert's existence of daydreams and make-believe. When she dies, Robert clashes openly with his family, and decides to take himself in hand. It's 1914. He enrolls in the Canadian army, and, after training in Alberta and Montreal, he finds himself in England and France. The war becomes another way for him to resolve his conflicts, his dramas, his passions--his wars. Written by Anonymous See less
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Mar 20, 1983 (West Germany)

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Brent Carver
Robert Ross Robert Ross   See fewer
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Martha Henry
Mrs. Ross Mrs. Ross   See fewer
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William Hutt
Mr. Ross Mr. Ross   See fewer
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Ann-Marie MacDonald
Rowena Ross Rowena Ross   See fewer
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Jackie Burroughs
Miss Davenport Miss Davenport   See fewer
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Jean LeClerc
Capt. Taffler Capt. Taffler   See fewer
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Domini Blythe
Lady Barbara D'Orsey Lady Barbara D'Orsey   See fewer
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Alan Scarfe
Capt. Leather Capt. Leather   See fewer
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Margaret Tyzack
Lady Emmeline Lady Emmeline   See fewer
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Barbara Budd
Nurse Turner Nurse Turner   See fewer
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Richard Austin
Michael Michael   See fewer
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Rodger Barton
Charles Charles   See fewer
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Rod Beattie
Levitt Levitt   See fewer
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Kirsten Bishop
Peggy Ross Peggy Ross   See fewer
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Tom Bishop
Rider Rider   See fewer
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Richard Blackburn
Sergeant Sergeant   See fewer
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Fred Booker
Verger Verger   See fewer
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Dwayne Brenna
Tom Bryant Tom Bryant   See fewer
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Soldier Soldier   See fewer
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Richard Curnock
Minister Minister   See fewer
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Shirley Douglas
Mrs. Lawson Mrs. Lawson   See fewer
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David Dunbar
Mr. Brown Mr. Brown   See fewer
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Craig Gardner
German Soldier German Soldier   See fewer
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Graeme Gibson
Devlin Devlin   See fewer
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Maurice Good
Sgt. Joyce Sgt. Joyce   See fewer
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Bob Hannah
Maj. Mickle Maj. Mickle   See fewer
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Paul Hubbard
Capt. Ord Capt. Ord   See fewer
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Jeff Hyslop
Clifford Purchas Clifford Purchas   See fewer
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James Kidnie
Martial Martial   See fewer
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Leo Leyden
Bishop Bishop   See fewer
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Hardee T. Lineham
Bonnycastle Bonnycastle   See fewer
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David Main
Mr. Lawson Mr. Lawson   See fewer
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Jefferson Mappin
Teddy Budge Teddy Budge   See fewer
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Marti Maraden
Lady of Easy Virtue Lady of Easy Virtue   See fewer
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Child Child   See fewer
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Robin McKenzie
Stuart Ross Stuart Ross   See fewer
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Hayward Morse
Churchgoer Churchgoer   See fewer
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Maj. Terry Maj. Terry   See fewer
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Cigarette Cigarette   See fewer
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Simon Treves
Patient Patient   See fewer
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Timothy Webber
Cpl. Bates Cpl. Bates   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 35 votes