The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

7.0 / Rated by 1 people

112 min.
Plot  In a small town in British Columbia, a school bus skids into a lake, killing several children. Their grieving parents are approached by a lawyer, Mitchell Stephens (Ian Holm), who is haunted by his dysfunctional relationship with his drug-addicted daughter. Stephens persuades the reluctant parents to file a class action lawsuit against the bus company for damages, arguing that the accident is a result of negligence.

The case depends on the few surviving witnesses to say the right things in court; particularly Nicole Burnell, a 15-year-old now paralyzed from the waist down. Before the accident, Nicole was an aspiring songwriter and was being abused by her father, Sam (Tom McCamus).

One bereaved parent, Billy Ansel, distrusts Stephens and pressures Sam to drop the case; Nicole overhears their argument. In the pretrial deposition, Nicole unexpectedly accuses the bus driver Dolores Driscoll (Gabrielle Rose) of speeding, halting the lawsuit. Stephens and Nicole's father k...



Ian Holm
Mitchell Stephens
Sarah Polley
Nicole Burnell
Bruce Greenwood
Billy Ansel
Tom McCamus
Sam Burnell
Alberta Watson
Risa Walker
Maury Chaykin
Wendell Walker
Gabrielle Rose
Dolores Driscoll
David Hemblen
Abbott Driscoll
Arsinée Khanjian
Wanda Otto
Earl Pastko
Hartley Otto
Stephanie Morgenstern
Allison O'Donnell
Mychael Danna
Harmonium player


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The Sweet Hereafter
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