One Week (2008)

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  • IMDb page: One Week (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 3,974 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 6 March 2009 (Canada)
  • Runtime: Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Budget: $CAD2,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Michael McGowan
  • Stars: Joshua Jackson, Peter Spence and Marc Strange
  • Original Music By: Andrew Lockington   
  • Soundtrack: Oh Canada
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Motorcycle | Landmark | Roadside Attraction | Skunk | Anger

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Michael McGowan  written by

Known Trivia

  • The motorcycle Ben travels with is a 1973 Norton 850 Commando.
  • The Stanley Cup is adorned with small plaques of the players and staff of each championship team. The plaque Ben kisses is that of the 1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs, which is referenced earlier in the film as a the beginning of a notorious championship dry spell for Maple Leaf hockey fans.
  • The hockey player Ben meets at the rink plays for the Anaheim Ducks, which was originally named after The Mighty Ducks, one of Joshua Jackson’s first movies.

Goofs: Errors in geography: We see Ben enter Saskatchewan from Manitoba and then go to Kipling which is a side trip north of the TCH. We next see his cycle dying on the side of the highway after making a side trip to see the desert Camel. The problem is the camel (Sarah) is in Glenboro, Manitoba. This would have been over a 320 km reverse trip for Ben to make. Unlikely he would have taken this 6-7 hour round trip detour when he could have easily driven south of the TCH on his way to SK.

Plot: Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life. Full summary »  »

Story: Out of the blue, Ben learns he has stage IV cancer; survival, with treatment, is 10 percent. So this risk-averse, slow-to-act, quiet man buys a used motorcycle, says goodbye to Samantha, his baffled fiancée, and heads west from Toronto. He imagines it's a quest for Grumps, a mythical figure from his childhood; he takes digital photos of various "world's largest" roadside attractions; he chats with strangers, including two women; his bike slips on a dead skunk on the highway. Calls to Samantha meet with pleading that he return for treatment and anger that he won't. He doesn't want to be a patient yet. But, will he make discoveries, and what about Grumps? What's important?Written by <>  

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Produced By:

  • Michael Chechik known as co-producer
  • Avi Federgreen known as co-producer
  • Avi Federgreen known as line producer
  • Richard Hanet known as executive producer
  • Joshua Jackson known as executive producer
  • Michael McGowan known as producer
  • Nick de Pencier known as producer (as Nicholas de Pencier)
  • Jane Tattersall known as producer
  • Nadia Tavazzani known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Joshua Jackson known as Ben Tyler
  • Peter Spence known as Doctor
  • Marc Strange known as Art Carey
  • Gage Munroe known as Young Ben
  • Richard Waugh known as Baseball Coach
  • Deirdre Kirby known as Mrs. Bell
  • Liane Balaban known as Samantha Pierce
  • Fiona Reid known as Mary Tyler
  • Chuck Shamata known as Gerald Tyler
  • Caroline Cave known as Nancy Tyler
  • Jodi Brooks known as Nurse Forrester
  • Chris Benson known as Mayor
  • David Reale known as Pete
  • Kyle Fairlie known as Oscar
  • Colin Fox known as Father O'Neill
  • Jim Codrington known as Pharmacist
  • Gord Downie known as Biker (as Gordon Downie)
  • Gabriel Hogan known as Dereck Vincent
  • Jane Spidell known as Fran
  • Fergus Barnes known as Fran's Lover
  • Chad Nobert known as Badlands Tour Guide (as Chad Norbert)
  • Joel Plaskett known as Busker
  • Emm Gryner known as Tracey
  • Chief Leonard George known as First Nations' Singer (as Leonard George)
  • Michaela Mann known as Waitress
  • Ryan Reid known as Max
  • Ulla Friis known as Steffi
  • Campbell Scott known as Narrator
  • Ryan Allen known as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Jim Annan known as John (uncredited)
  • Grace Lynn Kung known as (uncredited)
  • Borje Salming known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Marco Soriano known as Concierge (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Marika Latorcai known as key makeup artist (as Marika Williams)
  • Josie Stewart known as key hairdresser

Art Department:

  • J.R. Grassby known as property master (as JR Grassby)
  • Marilyn Hassen known as second assistant art director
  • Warren Keillor known as props builder
  • Shelagh McNulty known as illustrations


Production Companies:

  • Mongrel Media (presents) (produced in association with)
  • Mulmur Feed Company (producer) (as Mulmur Feed Co.)
  • Téléfilm Canada (produced with the participation of) (as Telefilm Canada)
  • Harold Greenberg Fund, The (produced with the participation of) (as Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund Le Fonds Harold Greenberg)
  • Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) (produced with the participation of) (as Ontario – Ontario Media Development Corporation/Société de développement de l'industrie des médias de l'Ontario)
  • Movie Network, The (TMN) (produced in association with) (as M The Movie An Astral Media Network)
  • Movie Central Network (produced in association with) (as Movie Central A Corus Entertainment Company)
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (produced in association with)
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (produced in association with) (as The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit – Canada)
  • Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, The (produced in association with) (as Ontario – Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credits)
  • Mulmur's One Week

Other Companies:

  • Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)  acknowledgment (as ACTRA)
  • Audio Vision  descriptive video (as Audio Vision Canada)
  • Aver Media  production finance
  • Behind The Scenes Services  consultant: tax credits
  • Buyout Footage  archival and stock footage
  • CBC Studios, Toronto  score recorded at
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television Archives  archival and stock footage (as The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Archives)
  • Capers  catering
  • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany
  • Ellchris Studio  score recorded at
  • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services (as EP Canada)
  • FootageBank HD  archival and stock footage
  • Footsteps Post-Production Sound  foley recorded at
  •  archival and stock footage: additional footage by
  • Hardy Jones Productions  archival and stock footage
  • Highway Cycle  special thanks (as Highway Cycle, Flamborough, ON)
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  ADR facility: NY
  • Jones Brown Insurance  insurance brokers (as Jones Brown)
  • Kodak Canada  film stock
  • Lewis Birnberg Hannet  legal counsel
  • Little Joe Music Supervision  music supervisors
  • NHL Productions  archival and stock footage: NHL footage courtesy of
  • National Hockey League  courtesy of: The Stanley Cup appears
  • National Hockey League  special thanks
  • Norton Motorsports  used with permission of: "NORTON" and "COMMANDO" are registered trademarks
  • POP Sound  ADR facility: Santa Monica, CA (as Pop Sound)
  • PS Production Services  production equipment provided by
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
  • Rights Company, The  script clearance
  • Tattersall Sound  picture editing (as Tattersall Sound & Picture)
  • Tattersall Sound  post production sound by (as Tattersall Sound & Picture)
  • Technicolor Creative Services  ADR facility: Toronto
  • Technicolor Creative Services  closed captioning (as Technicolor Creative Services – Toronto)
  • Technicolor Creative Services  post production by (as Technicolor Creative Services – Toronto)
  • Thought Equity  archival and stock footage
  • Union of B.C. Performers  acknowledgment (as UBCP)
  •  archival and stock footage (as Ananiadis, Kevin Osgood, Gord Home, Serega, Peter Austin, Andrew Penner, Baturro, Walt Kippenhuck)


  • IFC Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Mongrel Media (2007) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Mediasoft Films (2009) (South Korea) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Connie Persichini known as visual effects producer (as Connie Persechini)
  • Ralph Schmidt known as visual effects compositor
  • Jason Giberson known as film recording (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Canada 2 October 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Canada 6 March 2009
  • USA April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • Canada 16 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • South Korea 24 September 2009
  • Germany 6 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 11 June 2010 (Waterfront Film Festival)
  • Hungary 19 September 2010 (TV premiere)
  • USA 29 March 2011 (DVD premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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