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A Midnight Clear (1992)

R | | Drama, War | 24 April 1992 (USA)
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This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive.



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Complete credited cast:
Major Griffin
Lieutenant Ware
David Jensen ...
Sergeant Hunt
Rachel Griffin ...
Timothy S. Shoemaker ...
Eddie (as Tim Shoemaker)
Kelly Gately ...
Young German Soldier
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Section 44  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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Will Knott: That's about the same thing.
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The Ultimate Anti-War Film
2 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Keith Gordon's film about war, friendship, humanity, and irony, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, is one of the greatest war film ever made. This is a film that is refreshing, original, brilliant, disturbing, and extremely well made. It's about a group of World War II GIs trying to scout out a German GI camp located a few meters away from their location. They manage to avoid getting too close to actually coming in contact, but when they are spotted one day and not shot, they begin to suspect that the Germans want to have a truce and surrender. They must decide what is the right thing to do. However, their incompetence and fear of confusing their distraught fellow soldier Mother(Gary Sinse) may be a serious detriment. This film has an excellent opening sequence. it starts with the sound of bells and singing slowing transforming into a loud scream and then we see a scene filled with true suffering as Gary Sinse cries over his trauma of his child dying as he tears off his clothing while another GI tries to calm him down. With haunting scenery, great acting, and several underlying themes, the film doesn't feel overdone or over accomplished. It has almost a Kurt Vonnegut feel to it that brings a good sense of fresh air to this allegory. The film is flawless. It's definitely a sleeper hit. Check it out. its a keeper.

NOTE: If you can, track down the DVD, because the commentary track and the deleted scenes are definitely a must see and hear. It's a shame that a lot of these scenes were cut out because they definitely add little more humanity to an already very human story. A lot of people don't recommend the DVD because it's full screen, but personally, a film is a film. If i can see the actors, the scenery, the actions, and the image, I'm alright. It's not like the quality is bad or anything. It'd be hard to make this film look bad though.

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