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8 Days to Live is a 2006 Canadian Made-for-TV Movie Very Loosely Based on a True Story. When nineteen year old Joe Springs' driver's license is reinstated after it had been suspended for reckless driving, his parents are reluctant to let him take a road trip by himself. When they lose contact with him long after he should have arrived at his destination, it is believed that his vehicle crashed in the remote wilderness of British Columbia, and search and rescue operations are commenced to locate him before he perishes.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Drives Like Crazy: Joe, who's driver's license was suspended for running a stop sign at 100 kmh.
  • Highly Visible Password: While Joe's mother tries guessing his email password.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Joe's email password is "dude".
  • Police Are Useless: Initially, before Joe has been gone for 48 hours. After this, the police begin to help.
  • Scenery Porn: The movie was filmed in British Columbia, Canada and since the movie is primarily set in the Fraser Valley, there was plenty of this.
  • Title Drop: When the expert is being interviewed on TV about how long Joe could survive unconscious without food or water.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The movie was inspired by a real car crash, but the criminal activity, reckless driving, and family drama were fictional.
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  • Viewers Are Geniuses: You need to know about the geography of BC for all of the obscure town names mentioned to be meaningful and viewers outside of Canada may want to follow along on a map.

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