Battle Of The Brave

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Battle Of The Brave Review


Epic romance, period setting (18th century war between Britain and France over control of Canada), amazing cast (check out the last few names), Celine Dion song on the soundtrack... sounds like a recipe for success. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The film was retitled from its original Nouvelle-France to the generic Battle of the Brave and eventually dumped on DVD, at least in the U.S.

The problem? It would be easy to blame a lifeless script (poor woman and trapper have a romance, Cold Mountain style, while war rages around them), but the movie is outright sunk by its choice of leads. For some reason, the big names like Depardieu, Jacob, and Roth are relegated to mere cameos, and poor newcomers Noémie Godin-Vigneau (a rather plain and mousy type) and David La Haye (who kind of looks like that kid who ended up moving in with the family on Roseanne) are saddled with carrying an epic story (from war to accusations of witchcraft), a challenge which they can't possibly rise to. Their performances here are borderline embarrassing, and after less than an hour of this 2 1/2-hour bonanza, you'll be dying for Dion's inevitable closing number to take you away from it all. God, never thought I'd say that.



Battle Of The Brave

Facts and Figures

Run time: 143 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 20th July 2005

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 5.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jean Beaudin

Producer: , , Robert Sidaway

Starring: Noémie Godin-Vigneau as Marie-Loup Carignan, as Francois le Gardeur, Juliette Gosselin as Young France Carignan, as Intendant Le Bigot, as Angélique de Roquebrune, Sébastien Huberdeau as Xavier Maillard, as Father Thomas Blondeau, as William Pitt, Bianca Gervais as Acoona, as Joseph Carignan, Isabel Richer as France Carignan, as Madeleine Carignan, as Général James Wolfe, as Benjamin Franklin, Billy Merasty as Owashak, as Hortense, Micky Sebastian as Marquise de Pompadour, as Gouverneur James Murray, as Jean-Baptiste's Servant, Philippe Dormoy as Voltaire, Patrick Goyette as Capitaine Tremblay, as Sergent Lavigueur, David Troughton as English General, Louise Laparé as Mother Marthe-de-la-Passion, Paul Savoie as Gouverneur Vaudreuil, Maud Beauchemin as Mélodie, Alexander Bisping as Major Goodwin, Michael Rudder as President of the Court, Myriam De Verger as Isabelle Grandjean, Maxime Allard as Executioner


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