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A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

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TV Movie | 90 min | Drama, War

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 ...See moreIt'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 radar. Over time, Winnie becomes completely tame, craving human companionship, which Harry realizes is a problem as the unit is scheduled to get shipped overseas to England and eventually to France to do their duty on the front lines. Sending Winnie back into the wild may no longer be a viable option, as Winnie has a mind of her own, but finding a home for her where she will get the human companionship she craves or else possibly die from not having what she needs - which means an owner that understands that she's no ordinary bear - may be a problem. Written by Huggo See less
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Dec 12, 2004 (Canada)

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Michael Fassbender
Harry Colebourn Harry Colebourn   See fewer
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Gil Bellows
Colonel Barret Colonel Barret   See fewer
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David Suchet
General Hallholland General Hallholland   See fewer
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Stephen Fry
Protheroe Protheroe   See fewer
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Aaron Ashmore
Corporal Randy Taylor Corporal Randy Taylor   See fewer
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Ted Atherton
Captain Elliot Captain Elliot   See fewer
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Robert Gauvin
Sgt. Major Picard Sgt. Major Picard   See fewer
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Joshua J. Ballard
Timmy (as Joshua Ballard) Timmy (as Joshua Ballard)   See fewer
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Miriam Smith
Timmy's Mother Timmy's Mother   See fewer
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Arne MacPherson
Wallace (as Arne Macpherson) Wallace (as Arne Macpherson)   See fewer
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Stan Lesk
George George   See fewer
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Chris Sigurdson
Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson) Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson)   See fewer
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Carson Nattrass
Captain Osbourn Captain Osbourn   See fewer
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Jon Ted Wynne
Conductor Conductor   See fewer
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Robert Huculak
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Mark Burgess
Father Father   See fewer
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Samson Weiss Willis
Young Boy Young Boy   See fewer
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Glen Thompson
Dispatch Rider Dispatch Rider   See fewer
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Michal Grajewski
Freckle-Faced Private Freckle-Faced Private   See fewer
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Evelyne Anderson
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Emma Campbell
Mrs. McGuiness Mrs. McGuiness   See fewer
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Stephen Eric McIntyre
Tanner (as Stephen Eric Mcintyre) Tanner (as Stephen Eric Mcintyre)   See fewer
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Dave Leader
Cowboy Wrangler Cowboy Wrangler   See fewer
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Larry Martineau
Fiddler Fiddler   See fewer
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Chester
Young Winnie Young Winnie   See fewer
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Charlie
Young Winnie Young Winnie   See fewer
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Grown Winnie Grown Winnie   See fewer
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Kalyn Bomback
Background Performer (uncredited) Background Performer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Brown
Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cory Cassidy
Officer (uncredited) Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy MacEachern
Canadian soldier (uncredited) Canadian soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur MacKinnon
Young Harry Colebourn (uncredited) Young Harry Colebourn (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 801 votes