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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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Stan Shutzer
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Vance 'Mother' Wilkins
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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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Film debut of Gary Sinise. See more »

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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 »

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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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The Jersey Bounce
Recorded by Studo Music Department
Written by Buddy Feyne, Bobby Plater (as Bobby Platter), Tiny Bradshaw and Edward Johnson
Published by Lewis Music Publishing Co., Inc.
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A modern masterpiece...one of the best acted films produced to date
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, If you haven't yet seen this film, I recommend you do so ASAP. But, considering A Midnight Clear is underrated and relatively unknown, anyone reading this message has most likely already seen the film. Not only is the acting brilliant and emotionally charged, the premise is excellent as well. Set in 1944, this small intelligence group is forced to report on any pending, incoming German attacks, something that turns to mystery and evidently reveals the true horrors of war. Combined with an innovative director and a wonderfully tragic score, I must say A Midnight Clear is one of my favorite war movies, second only to Glory in my opinion. Others on my list would include Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Braveheart, Black Hawk Down, The Bridge Over the River Kwai and Schindler's List (if that can be considered a war film). To say that this movie tops all those others is an incredible testament to its greatness.


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