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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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Bud Miller
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Cpl. Mel Avakian
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Stan Shutzer
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Sgt. Will Knott
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Vance 'Mother' Wilkins
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Paul 'Father' Mundy
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Major Griffin
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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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Rated R for language, war violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,526,697 (USA)
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Trivia

The interiors of the mansion were built in the gymnasium of a local high school. The attic set was constructed on the stage of the school's theater. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bud Miller: [nervous about impersonating an officer] What if it's some kinda "Capture the Commander" scheme the Krauts have worked out?
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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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Don't miss this one----Four and a half stars
2 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that when it finishes you can't find words for a while, to express the feelings it stimulates. I was one of the few who saw this in the theater, and I was stunned by the power of the acting, and surprisingly enough, the writing.

If after seeing this you can't see the futility of war, you've missed something. This is in the same class as All Quiet on the Western Front, Gallipoli, and Breaker Morant.


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