' is a 2005 Canadian drama film written and directed by
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The film follows Pip, a street kid who is meeting life head-on in the big city. On his eighteenth birthday he receives his grandfather's
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memoirs on audio cassette, a gift that awakens the ghost of the long lost world. His grandfather relates the story of the day he turned eighteen, fleeing German forces through the woods of France with a dying comrade hanging on for life. In Pip's own and contemporary way, he begins to live the parallel life of his grandfather, both lost in their environments and generations. Along Pip's path he stumbles into an unlikely alliance with Clark, a gay street hustler on the make, and Jenny, an aspiring social worker who tempts Pip with feelings of love and domesticity. He also forges a small but important relationship with a local priest, in whom he confides his deepest secret: the death of his brother and the heinous act his father committed against him before his passing.

Cast and characters

* Paul Anthony as Pip Anders Pip is a streetkid who turns eighteen as the story begins. His tortured spirit simmers beneath his punky and sarcastic surface. *
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as Private Jason Anders Jason Anders is a wide-eyed, eighteen-year-old Coldstream Guard soldier who has been dropped in the middle of the battle. He is conflicted between his duty and his natural impulse to run away. * Clarence Sponagle as Clark Clark is a gay hustler who, between keeping a regular clientele to go-go dancing to selling videos of himself "jerkin’", has created a comfortable life for himself. A life that is thrown upside down when he meets Pip. *
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Carly Pope
as Jenny Jenny is a sensitive, selfless young spirit who is an aspiring social worker. When it comes to dating troubled men, she has no qualms about rushing in where angels fear to tread. *
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as Corporal Phillip Macauley Macauley is a medic who has seen so much blood and war he has developed a secret and deadly coping method. He spends the entire story with a bullet in his gut. * David Beazely as Jeff Jeff is an affable gas station attendant who is spectacularly in love with Clark. *
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Thea Gill
as Hannah, a WWII chanteuse Hannah is beautiful and breathless WWII entertainer. She smokes, sings, and delights in giving private encores to lucky privates. *
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as Father Chris Father Chris is a priest who chooses to pound the pavement rather than preach at a pulpit. A kindred spirit, he feeds and befriends the troubled souls of the street. *
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Ian McKellen
as the elderly Jason Anders (in voice)


The soundtrack was written by British-born, Canadian composer
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and performed by the
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. Tovey was nominated, in tandem with lyricist Richard Bell, for the Best Original Song
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for "In a Heartbeat", which appears in the World War II thread of the film.


Because it featured both straight and gay characters, ''Eighteen'' appeared at numerous mainstream and gay film festivals. It premiered on June 16, 2006 in
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, where it had a brief theatrical run; it was released that same month on DVD in the U.S. ''Eighteen'' was broadcast on
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City TV
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, and Bravo in Canada, and on
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in the United States. On 27 July 2009, the DVD was released in Europe. In September 2010, it became available on
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in the United States; in October, it came to iTunes Canada.


External links

Telefilm: Eighteen

Bell's Eighteen with McKellen Voice-Over
Gary Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times * * {{DEFAULTSORT:Eighteen (Film) 2005 films Canadian drama films Canadian films 2005 drama films Gay-related films Canadian LGBT-related films LGBT-related drama films 2005 LGBT-related films