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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.

Director:

Keith Gordon

Writers:

William Wharton (novel), Keith Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Berg ... Bud Miller
Kevin Dillon ... Cpl. Mel Avakian
Arye Gross ... Stan Shutzer
Ethan Hawke ... Sgt. Will Knott
Gary Sinise ... Vance 'Mother' Wilkins
Frank Whaley ... Paul 'Father' Mundy
John C. McGinley ... Major Griffin
Larry Joshua ... Lieutenant Ware
David Jensen David Jensen ... Sergeant Hunt
Curt Lowens ... Older German Soldier
Rachel Griffin Rachel Griffin ... Janice
Timothy S. Shoemaker Timothy S. Shoemaker ... Eddie (as Tim Shoemaker)
Kelly Gately Kelly Gately ... Young German Soldier
Bill Osborn Bill Osborn ... American Sentry
Andre Lamal ... German Soldier
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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>

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Section 44 See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,526,697
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Gary Sinise. See more »

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Will Knott: I'm not exactly sure what country we're in. Could be Belgium, Luxembourg, France, or even Germany. I don't know what day it is. I have no watch, so I don't know what time it is. I'm not even sure of my name. The next thing you know, they'll be making me a general.
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Soundtracks

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Written by Edmund Hamilton Sears (uncredited) and music by Richard Storrs Willis (uncredited)
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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Passes the test of time
31 May 2011 | by Ric-7See all my reviews

I saw the film when it was in theatres nearly 20 years ago. As for scary films set in a snow-bound mansion, I found this to be ten times as creepy as The Shining. This is not a horror film, but certain images in the first half of the film are as horrifying as anything I've seen in film since then. I don't mean gore or grue. I mean ghost-story horror.

A war movie/horror film? Has anything ever been done like that? I think this film is in a genre all its own. I guess this is an anti-war film. If you wish to view it as such. It certainly does not make the viewer want to rush out and fight a war. In the cast are John McGinley and Kevin Dillon, both from the cast of "Platoon," but here in significantly different roles.

I regret to say I've not been able to totally analyze and deconstruct this film. I can't tell you what it's all about, or what you should think or feel as you watch it. There is so much going on in this film. I saw it in the theatre nearly twenty years ago, and then again on cable when I taped it, about 16 years ago. I watched it again tonight. It was just as spooky and just as impressive as it was two decades ago.

I totally loved this film. My father fought in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, very close in time and proximity to this story. His battalion, from Pennsylvania, trained at Camp Shelby (in Mississippi), just as the soldiers in this film. Some horrifying things he saw in the forties, he was only able to begin to describe a few years ago.

This is such a terrific film. For so many different reasons.


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