A Midnight Clear (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 April 1992 (USA)
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Loosely based on the actual WWI Christmas cease fire between German and English troops. The two sides met halfway across the battlefield and sang silent night and played soccer. Each year the two countries re-enact the game in tribute.



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Complete credited cast:
Bud Miller
Cpl. Mel Avakian
Stan Shutzer
Sgt. Will Knott
Vance 'Mother' Wilkins
Paul 'Father' Mundy
Major Griffin
Lieutenant Ware
David Jensen ...
Sergeant Hunt
Curt Lowens ...
Older German Soldier
Rachel Griffin ...
Timothy S. Shoemaker ...
Eddie (as Tim Shoemaker)
Kelly Gately ...
Bill Osborn ...
American Sentry


Set in 1944 France, in the Ardennes forest region, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and share a Christmas celebration. The surrender plan includes a mock battle that turns bad when one of the soldiers is unaware of the surrender plan. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War

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Rated R for language, war violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Section 44  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,526,697 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film-makers scouted then Yugoslavia as the filming location before settling on Utah, as snow in Yugoslavia had been notoriously unstable the last few years before filming , and there was no money to make massive amounts of snow in the budget. See more »


When Miller checks the frozen corpses of the German and American soldiers with his bayonet, he uses his left arm. In some shots, though, he is using his right arm. See more »


Will Knott: Griffin was a mortician in civilian life, and he seemed to be spending most of his military life producing work for his army counterparts.
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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Sung by Sam Phillips
Arranged and Produced by T Bone Burnett and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips appears courtesy of Virgin Records
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A Dead Boy Named Matt
28 August 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

There is the classic, or `Golden Age,' of WWII based movies, from the 50s, 60s and 70s; and then there is the age of ultra-realism: those movies about WWII (or any war for that matter), that because you can show more on film, be more graphic in war's depiction, and because cinema has changed so much, it allows us to see more of how war actual was, instead of the watered down versions we had been getting for years. Don't get me wrong. When most of us speak of such classics like `Sands of Iwo Jima,' `The Longest Day,' or `A Bridge Too Far' (and so many other great WWII movies), we are perfectly right to sing our praises of such timeless standards. Nevertheless, there is a good chance that we should be even more grateful for these modern WWII gems that have raised the bar to permit us a closer glimpse of how this war really felt to those who fought in it. I suppose all I can say at this point would be to watch `A Midnight Clear,' and perhaps you would understand why I would choose this movie to be ranked only behind the likes of `Band of Brothers' and `Saving Private Ryan.' Then watch some other modern ultra-real WWII flicks like `When Trumpets Fade,' `Das Boot' and maybe even `Cross of Iron;' and then gauge for yourself. `A Midnight Clear,' though not really smacking of anti-war themes, yet showing the futility and absurdity that only propels us to hold our breath; it is a perfect example of not only reality, but of how a WWII movie works with probably no more than 50 rounds fired throughout the whole film. Poetic (though not as much as `The Thin Red Line'), great dialog, and a premise that is built much on fact. Largely based upon a true story, and taken from the book by a WWII veteran that was actually there, this movie keeps great company among the new ultra-real films; and it simply moves me. I hope it moves you, as well. 9.4

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