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Silent Night (2002)

Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and ... See full summary »

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Rodney Gibbons

Writer:

Roger Aylward
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linda Hamilton ... Elisabeth Vincken
Matthew Harbour ... Young Fritz Vincken
Romano Orzari ... Pvt. Jimmy Rassi
Alain Goulem ... Sgt. Ralph Blank
Martin Neufeld Martin Neufeld ... Lt. Hans Klosterman
Mark Antony Krupa ... Sgt. Marcus Mueller
James McGowan ... Capt. Dietrich
Michael Elkin Michael Elkin ... Pvt. Herbie Ridgin
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Old Fritz Vincken (voice)
Cassian Bopp Cassian Bopp ... Pvt. Peter Heinrich
Harald Winter Harald Winter ... Herr Vincken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vie Nystrom Vie Nystrom ... Hostess
Gianpaolo Venuta ... Chris
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Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Germany, 1944, Christmas Eve. Sometimes The Darkest Moments Giver Birth To The Brightest Miracles.

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Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on a true story narrated by one of the participants, Fritz Winken, a 12 year old German child, who later in life lived in Honolulu and met with another of the protagonists, Sgt. Ralph Blank , who also survived the war, as did Pvt, James Rassi. Unfortunately the fate of the rest of the people who are portrayed in the film is left unexplained by the narrative and is probably unknown. See more »

Quotes

Klosterman: What will you do when we take away your pineapple pudding?
Jimmy: Ask for banana.
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Lovely Re-telling of a common story un-commonly told.
27 December 2002 | by LixzaSee all my reviews

Growing up I was told by my Parents and Grand Parents similar accounts of how during the W.W.II that the enemy lines were crossed in order that the Rank and File solders, of each side could have a cup of worm cheer and a carol or two on Christmas Eve.

The night that seemed too holy not to stop and remember Family so far away. This touching move does this and in a engaging and dramatic way. It also reminds us that not all Germans welcomed the war and the havoc it brought, nor did all Germans believe in the Nazi propaganda. Elisabeth's impassioned speech in which she tells a reluctant Nazi solder ` If I had only know earlier, in the beginning I would have done something, but I didn't know' brought me to tears. Also the scene where the two sides sit down to a "pitch in" Christmas Supper was very moving.

Linda Hamelton's Elisabeth is a fine performance and a wonderful example of how when given good material she can really give an award winning performance. All the actors turned convincing and hart tugging performances.

I feel that it is unfortunate that a Major network did not pick this up for broadcast, and that it ran on a rather obscure cable station, but Kudos to Hallmark for using good sense in airing it.


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