7.2/10
7,037
78 user 25 critic

A Midnight Clear (1992)

R | | Drama, War | 24 April 1992 (USA)
Trailer
1:04 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wallace Langham
Mother Night (1996)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin
When Trumpets Fade (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Ron Eldard, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On Christmas Eve, Lefty is a homeless and unemployed alcoholic loser that will lose the right to see his son. In despair, he trades a gun and is ready to heist a convenience store and ... See full summary »

Director: Dallas Jenkins
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, K Callan, Kirk B.R. Woller
Rich in Love (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Charleston, South Carolina. The Odoms have lived a life of the traditions of the American south in their longtime, large family beach front home. That tradition is turned upside down when ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kathryn Erbe
Floundering (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »

Director: Peter McCarthy
Stars: James Le Gros, Shaka, Zander Schloss
Mystery Date (1991)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenage boy would like to meet with a very pretty, blonde girl who lives in the next door. His elder brother helps him with car and credit card to be successful. This simple story will be... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Wacks
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, Brian McNamara
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Director: David Salle
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Jason Ferraro
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu
Waterland (1992)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tom Crick, a high school history teacher, is having trouble connecting - with his class, with his wife. He ventures into telling his class stories about his young adulthood in the Fens ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Ethan Hawke
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle
Dad (1989)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him ... See full summary »

Director: Gary David Goldberg
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Janice
Timothy S. Shoemaker ...
Eddie (as Tim Shoemaker)
Kelly Gately ...
Bill Osborn ...
American Sentry
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Section 44  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,526,697 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of three pictures adapted from novels written by author William Wharton [to date, February 2016]. The films are Dad (1989), Birdy (1984), and A Midnight Clear (1992). 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?
See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Widescreen release finally on the way! RGsboy
Off-Putting Tunalicious
Remastered widescreen blu-ray and DVD now on Amazon UK for pre-order! runamokprods
One of the greatest war movies necron99
Significance of Nicknames? bittersweet_x
why don't more people know abou this film??! film_buff12
Discuss A Midnight Clear (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?