Two elderly World War II buddies are living – and dying – together in their small home. One becomes a patient where salvage-worthy, older attributes are combined with useable, younger body parts. He returns, unrecognized by the other.::Kim Williams

Also Known As: The Passing, Fases da Morte 9

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  • olivia-connolly
    olivia connolly

    I read a comment on this and it gave it a good write up so i brought it and after watching it i can only say i was relieved when the credits rolled and just wished i could have my 96mins back, Dont waste your time on this Trash!!!

  • anders-petersson
    anders petersson

    Astonishing, Spiritual, Compelling and full of humor and heart. Great performances by Welton Benjamin Johnson and James Plaster. Special thanks to Gladys Vivian Johnson beloved mother and wife. The great Matriarch, mother to all children and excellent homemaker.

  • liam-mcfarlane-jensen
    liam mcfarlane jensen

    The Passing is a film without a plot, an experience with seemingly no end. The viewer is just as likely to be bombarded by documentary-style footage of two old men hanging around as he is to watch the grim torture of a rapist, or the psycho-tronic sounds and weird visions of medical instruments. To be honest, I really liked this movie, but I also found it pretty boring, so I would have to watch 15 minutes a day for about a week, watching it in small doses, like reading a chapter a day of a book. But I can’t say I didn’t find the whole experience mesmerizing. Not having any idea what this movie was about, I first thought it was going to be about demonology, or murder. The film takes its sweet time coming to any semblance of a plot, but even this aspect of the movie isn’t handled in any obvious ways, but is rather interpreted by the viewer via sounds and feelings. Never is the plot really intelligible, but never is it really uninteresting either. I don’t know what else to say about this movie but that the editing was excellent, the music excellent (both the contrasting 20’s and 80’s music samples and the scary-as-f88ck syntheziser song that drones through the whole thing) and the two old men were great actors. I really believed for the most part that they were just two old friends hanging out, and there was some documentary team following them around (and this movie was made far before the docudrama fad became cheesy). In fact, the only thing I didn’t find so interesting about this movie was the plot, which seemed a little tagged on- but oh well. It’s a shame that someone associated with this movie, the editor at least, didn’t go on to greater recognition.

  • aurora-salom
    aurora salom

    I came upon this movie by luck at a Fry’s and it was re-released in a 4 movie horror collection entitled “Blood Thirst”. The release date is 2003, around the time I discovered it. I had not watched this movie since I bought it, although I viewed two of the other films, both okay. So my sister and I popped it in the other night and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. She complained a little of the pacing, which was not up to the standards of the modern small attention-spanned viewers. I loved the conversations of the two older men because they sounded natural, yet offbeat at the same time. The war reenactment scene was well done for any movie before CGI took over, in my opinion. There were some truly spooky scenes in the film that owe the emotion to the camera angles. I was also disconcerted with one powerful and graphic scene in particular that I didn’t expect. There were other shocking bits as well near the ending as plot falls into place. Lastly I want to mention my love of the soundtrack. All oldies. One in particular, “Pussy cat Rag”, is now a part of my internal soundtrack. Overall an excellent movie. I would recommend it to most anyone mature enough to handle some disturbing images. Science fiction fans might want to check this out too.

  • justin-perez
    justin perez

    It took me a while to realize that this was more than just an awful home movie about a widower and his never-married roomie getting old (maybe dying). We gradually learn a few things about them – like how they now happen to share the same house. Then there is that other part of the film, featuring clips of a young man committing a capital crime and preparing for execution – what’s up with that??? Finally, it all comes together: one of the elderly gentlemen participates in a program to exchange his AGING body for the soon-to-be-deceased one. After the procedure, his friends don’t recognize him and have difficulty believing his story. Most – if not all – of these people have probably never acted before, so we get the appearance of extremely poor, first-time-scripted behavior, along with all of the other elements of second-rate filmmaking. At the halfway point of this flick, my grade for it was a very low number. But that increased as the picture continued. The more that I think – or write – about it, the better I rate it. So, before I judge it improperly high, I’ll stop.

  • tara-reed
    tara reed

    Ernie and Rose are two elderly men sharing a home. Friends for 40 years, they bicker, laugh, reminisce and discuss death. Wade is a young man arrested on a murder charge and facing execution. One day Ernie’s and Wade’s paths cross, leading to an extraordinary outcome…This is a curious film, and quite an unlikely candidate for DVD release. Released in 1983, and apparently made on a very limited budget, the print quality is poor, and much of the secondary character acting is unimpressive, yet it’s not without charm and fascination. Johnson and Plaster deliver quite captivating performances as the elderly friends – their suicide attempt scene is hilarious – and the overall ensemble has a strange, almost improvised quality.Ultimately an uneasy mix of quirky character study, cheap production values and dated sci-fi, yet it’s also rather sweet.

  • donna-mitchell
    donna mitchell

    Not the best film in the world. The lighting is poor, he acting wooden and the plot, although interesting is buried in a pile of ham-fisted direction. BUT, when you consider this film was made on a the sort of budget that would cover an assistant sparky’s wages on a Tom Cruise movie using minimal equipment, by a bunch of part timers, you have to give them high marks for an ambitious effort that just manages to keep the right side of interesting from beginning to end.Indeed there is enough art house style camera work, cleaver use of a 78 RPM soundtrack, and fairly natural dialogue to make the whole 90 minutes a worth while watch; provided you are able to over look the restrictions of the minute budget. Add in some blackly funny Stan and Ollie type moments, such as the suicide by gas cooker sequence, and the result is a film that has cult classic scrawled all over it.

  • rshmii-shriiviml
    rshmii shriiviml

    I am the Grandson of Welton B. Johnson and I am so proud of him and My Grandmother Gladys V. Johnson, they were poor people who happened upon the films maker, John Huckert while he was still a young film maker. This Movie won a Blue ribbon Award from the American Film Festival Awards in 1982. My grandfather was on hand at the festival to receive this award. The Actor who played my grandfather as a young Army Soldier was also the character “Choir Boy” in Robert Townsend’s “The Five Heartbeats. I recommend this film highly because college professors still use it as a training aid in the case of elderly mental health issues. The movie was cut into a short film that has aired on PBS. CPL. Steven L.Jackson, USARNG, AKA “Slippery’son”

  • emanuelly-oliveira
    emanuelly oliveira

    *****************SPOILERS******************* Weird movie about two elderly army buddies who, after living together and looking after each other for years, come to the realization that the end is near and how their getting too old and sick to look after and help each other as the thought of death or suicide starts enter their minds. The movie then cuts to an unnamed big city where we see a brutal murder and the man who committed the murder is later brought to justice. It then strikes me that the movie plot takes place in the future when it turns that one of the men in the beginning of the movie, Ernie, James Plaster, has submitted his name to a state program that takes the soul of a terminally ill or dying person and somehow puts it into the body of a healthy executed convict. Ernie is worried about his friend Leviticus, Walton Benjamin, who’s already tried to commit suicide and because of Ernie’s failing health he feels that if he’s not around to take care of Leviticus the worst would happen to him. It seems that during WWII Leviticus saved Ernie’s life in Europe an Ernie feels that he owes Leviticus at least that much. Ernie gets his “Body change” but when he returns back home to Leviticus as a different and much younger person he finds that what Ernie thought it, the body change, would do wasn’t exactly what he expected or hoped for.Very good story about a subject that’s been done before with bigger budgets and top actors about dying and coming back as someone else, but not under the same conditions as the movie “The Passing” has with a more realistic outcome. Too bad this movie is almost impossible to find in the video stores and I doubt we’ll ever see it on TV because it’s a lot better then most movies about the same subject are.

  • renata-melissa-sousa
    renata melissa sousa

    This film presents two seemingly unrelated narratives…one concerning a young death-row inmate awaiting his execution, the other centering on a pair of aging war buddies who are out of step with modern times and contemplating suicide. These characters merge for a bizarre and unexpected final curtain.Despite the observable indicators of a piggy-bank budget, this is an interesting and unusual indie project. Don’t expect a marvel of special effects magic or edge-of-your-seat action…this is a quiet, meditative, and curiously spiritual film focused more on the characters than the fantastical situation at hand. As spotty as it may be in execution, THE PASSING is a poignant, thoughtful effort which demands greater regard.6/10

  • kyara-neves
    kyara neves

    Woh, like pass the bong, dude! This is a bizarre film, to say the least. 5 out of 10 is usually my “so bad, it’s good” rating. The Passing isn’t exactly good, it’s more that it’s so freakin’ weird that you’ve got to watch it if you’re into oddities. But be forewarned that technically, and especially in terms of storytelling, this is a complete mess. It’s also fairly disturbing in some ways, but not because of gore or graphic violence. It’s more disturbing because of the gritty, extreme white trash feeling it captures, the fugly people who resemble those folks you only see appear in public when they visit county and state fairs (and a couple of them appear in full frontal nudity here), and the ideas behind some character actions.The story gradually combines two disparate threads. In one, a violent, deranged man, Wade Carney (John W. Huckert, Jr.–who may be the director/writer/producer/editor/gofer/etc.) is shown (out of sequence) abusing his wife, raping a man, accidentally killing him, and later killing others in self-defense. Because of what can be proved about his history, he ends up on death row. But he’s not a serial killer, despite what some descriptions of the film say–maybe director John Huckert (without the “W” or the “Jr.”) intended him to be accused of being a serial killer in the story, but I don’t remember anyone calling the character that.In the other thread, two elderly men, Ernie Neuman (James Carroll Plaster) and “Rose”, or Leviticus Washington (Welton Benjamin Johnson), are living out their last days together in a small isolated house. They were buddies from World War II, and now they only have each other. They’re relatively poor and in ill health, but good spirits.Ernie’s doctor hooks him up with an unusual “geriatric center”. That’s where the two threads end up coming together, after a brief brush at merging in a jail, and that’s where the film ends up turning most strongly into sci-fi psychedelia. Note that prior to the one-hour mark, there’s nothing sci-fi about the film. Wade is spared execution if he agrees to be a “guinea pig” in an unusual medical experiment at the same time that Ernie is given the promise of a figurative reincarnation. One other reviewer said that he believed the threads were asynchronous (happening at different times). I disagree with that. Rather, the threads show how the two relevant characters ended up in the same place, and the final scene involves a look of recognition from a principal character, not a depositing of the viewer at the beginning of a scene we witnessed earlier.For the first hour, at least, The Passing feels more like we’re toggling between two completely different films. Surprisingly, the Ernie and Rose film is pretty good, even if the technical aspects are awful–it’s the “quirky charm” aspect of my review title. If Huckert would have stuck with just this material, he could have easily had a legitimate 8 on his hands. Plaster and Johnson turn in good performances. Huckert and co-writer Mary Maruca created a poignant story with good dialogue and even effective narration, which is one of the more difficult things to write. The Ernie and Rose segments are often funny, and the humor is not usually unintentional. There is even a fair amount of interesting religious and philosophical dialogue in the Ernie and Rose story, with the regular comments about reincarnation becoming the theme of the film.The Wade Carney segments, on the other hand, are the disturbing ones, and they’re also occasionally incoherent. Long stretches of the Wade segments go by with no dialogue. But as a director, Huckert is no Sergio Leone, so these mute sections do not work. Some of the shots are far too dark to see what’s going on, and we’re not told what happened in Wade’s story–we have to piece it together ourselves. Unpleasant looking people get nude, and in both of those scenes, the action is disturbing. Both involve rape and sexual abuse. Maybe the acting isn’t horrible in the Wade segments, but it didn’t exactly get these actors more work, either (although one can also imagine them not wanting to pursue more film work after enduring these experiences).The psychedelic and incoherent scenes arrive at the hour mark, when Wade and Ernie both head off to the medical center. There is a very long stretch of Huckert trying to channel Stanley Kubrick ala 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but the reception is fuzzy. For a few minutes, The Passing begins to more resemble some crazy music video (except that the accompanying music is extremely amateurish synthesizer-oriented stuff; the nostalgic songs used elsewhere are much better and they’re well-integrated), but I suppose to his credit, Huckert still manages to convey the gist of the sci-fi section in images rather than dialogue. Some of the effects, including the early computer graphics, are surprisingly good to passable, but as we learn in the credits, the most impressive stuff appears to have been taken from educational software about the brain, authored by a doctor. The main problem here may be that Huckert was trying just a bit too hard to be psychedelic. Scenes were beginning to feel arbitrary, and I felt my attention waning. That’s hardly the emotional effect one wants for the climax of a film.But if you’re a connoisseur of the weird, as I am, this is a pretty important film to check out. In some respects, it resembles the tone and technical qualities of Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song (1971), just that this is white-trashsploitation instead of blaxploitation. The Passing had been difficult to find on VHS or DVD, but Brentwood/BCI Eclipse recently released it on DVD in their “Ancient Evil” set, and usually the films they’ve licensed end up on other compilations, too.