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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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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

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Truth is stranger than fiction...
20 December 2002 | by JonathanWalfordSee all my reviews

And this movie proves that old adage. Silent Night is a simple story with a small cast in one setting (and one that will translate well into a stage play, if it didn't originate as one to begin with). It is not an unfamiliar story for those who read military history, but the human aspect of civilians in the midst, and especially one courageous woman who set the terms of a truce for just one evening, is a fresh twist. As with all "based on a true story" movies, one wonders how true the facts are to the original events. If liberties were taken with the facts of this event, the result was a charming and tightly told story that questions the value of duty and honour versus the value of life and friendship. Its a good war story, and a good Christmas story, and although the plot is set up from the start, so that the viewer knows all will end well, there is a tension throughout that keeps the viewer interested.


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