The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

There is no such thing as the simple truth.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1997-09-25
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 370 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Fine Line Features
  • Production Country: Canada
  • Director: Atom Egoyan
star 6.9/10
From 370 Ratings


A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his efforts only seem to push the townspeople further apart. At the same time, one teenage survivor of the accident has to reckon with the loss of innocence brought about by a different kind of damage.

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  • Ian Holm

    as Mitchell Stephens
  • Sarah Polley

    as Nicole Burnell
  • Tom McCamus

    as Sam Burnell
  • Gabrielle Rose

    as Dolores Driscoll
  • Alberta Watson

    as Risa Walker
  • Caerthan Banks

    as Zoe Stephens
  • Maury Chaykin

    as Wendell Walker
  • Stephanie Morgenstern

    as Allison
  • Kirsten Kieferle

    as Stewardess
  • Arsinée Khanjian

    as Wanda Otto
  • Earl Pastko

    as Hartley Otto
  • Simon Baker

    as Bear
  • David Hemblen

    as Abbott Driscoll
  • Bruce Greenwood

    as Billy Ansel
  • Sarah Rosen Fruitman

    as Jessica Ansel
  • Marc Donato

    as Mason Ansel
  • Devon Finn

    as Sean Walker
  • Fides Krucker

    as Klara Stephens
  • Magdalena Sokolowski

    as Young Zoe
  • James D. Watts

    as Young Mitchell
  • Brooke Johnson

    as Mary Burnell
  • Allegra Denton

    as Jenny
  • Peter Donaldson

    as Schwartz
  • Russell Banks

    as Dr. Robeson
  • Mychael Danna

    as Live Band Harmonium Player (uncredited)
Directing Atom Egoyan Director
Production Camelia Frieberg Producer
Writing Atom Egoyan Screenplay
Production Atom Egoyan Producer
Camera Paul Sarossy Director of Photography
Sound Mychael Danna Original Music Composer
Editing Susan Shipton Editor
Costume & Make-Up Beth Pasternak Costume Design
Art Phillip Barker Production Design
Art Patricia Cuccia Set Decoration
Writing Russell Banks Novel
Directing Joanne T. Harwood Script Supervisor
Production Tami Thomson Production Coordinator
Production Robert Lantos Executive Producer
Production András Hámori Executive Producer
Art Kathleen Climie Art Direction
Production David Webb Associate Producer
Camera Johnnie Eisen Still Photographer
Camera Rod Crombie Steadicam Operator
Crew Peter Szkoda Stunt Coordinator
Editing Paul Winestock First Assistant Editor
Costume & Make-Up Alexander Reda Assistant Costume Designer
Production Sandra Cunningham Line Producer
Sound Daniel Pellerin Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Keith Elliott Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Boulden Assistant Costume Designer
Sound Steve Munro Sound Designer
Costume & Make-Up Gérald Altenburg Assistant Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Sylvain Cournoyer Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Debra Johnson Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Stephen Lynch Assistant Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Mary Monforte Assistant Makeup Artist
Production Roberta Pazdro Production Manager
Crew Simone Urdl Post Production Supervisor
Directing Bruno Bryniarski Second Assistant Director
Directing Cassandra Cronenberg Assistant Director Trainee
Directing Andy Mikita First Assistant Director
Directing Tracey Poirier Second Assistant Director
Directing Mary Sylwester Third Assistant Director
Directing David Webb First Assistant Director
Art Peter Atto Set Dresser
Art Larry Burkam Art Department Assistant
Art Larry Burkam Set Dresser
Art Peter Cosco First Assistant Art Direction
Art Darryl Dennis Deegan Lead Set Dresser
Art Sandy Glud Set Buyer
Art Alexandra Hooper Lead Set Dresser
Art Jon P. Goulding Set Designer
Sound Eric Apps ADR Recordist
Sound Colin Baxter Sound Assistant
Sound Ray Campbell Sound Assistant
Sound Bernie Cisternas Sound Engineer
Sound Sue Conley Dialogue Editor
Sound Steve Copley Foley Mixer
Sound James A. Gore Assistant Foley Artist
Sound David Horton Boom Operator
Sound Peter Kelly Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Goro Koyama Foley Artist
Sound Bob Lacivita ADR Recordist
Sound Andy Malcolm Foley Artist
Sound Ron Mellegers Assistant Foley Artist
Sound Steve Munro ADR Recordist
Sound Steve Munro Sound Engineer
Sound Ross Redfern Sound Recordist
Sound Ron Searles Sound Engineer
Sound Greg Shim ADR Recordist
Sound David Drainie Taylor ADR Editor
Sound Tony Van den Akker Foley Mixer
Sound Sharon Zupancic Assistant Foley Artist
Crew Curtis Bradshaw Special Effects Assistant
Crew Robert Moon Key Special Effects
Crew Teo Moon Special Effects Assistant
Crew Dawn Rivard Special Effects
Crew Jeff Skochko Special Effects Technician
Crew Michael Kavanagh Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Jason Wells Special Effects
Visual Effects Dennis Berardi Visual Effects
Visual Effects Jason Carswell Visual Effects
Visual Effects James Cooper Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Frank Falcone Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Sean Montgomery Visual Effects
Visual Effects Persis Reynolds Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Craig Small Visual Effects
Production Megan Conacher Extras Casting
Production Suzanne Leslie Extras Casting
Costume & Make-Up Pat Blow Costume Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Joan Boyko Costumer
Editing Chris Hinton Color Timer
Editing Janis Kanigan Color Timer
Editing Joanne Rourke Colorist
Editing Dov Samuel Assistant Editor
Production Lorne Davidson Location Manager
Production Cory Kinney Assistant Location Manager
Production Tracey Renyard Assistant Location Manager
Production Darren Robson Location Production Assistant
Production Matthew Williams Location Production Assistant
Production Selina Williams Location Production Assistant
Production Eardley Wilmot Location Manager
Writing Allen Bell Script Editor