A Midnight Clear (1992)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, A Midnight Clear is a holiday war film in search of a wider audience.

Movie Info

This anti-war drama is set in the Adriennes Forest in December of 1944. A group of American GIs become convinced that a nearby graveyard is haunted due to noises created by group of mischievous German soldiers. However, an impulsive hostile act results in the wholesale slaughter of the German soldiers.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: William Wharton, Keith Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



as Will Knott

as Mother Wilkins

as Stan

as Maj. Griffin

as Lt. Ware

as `Father' Mundy

as Sergeant Hunt

as German Soldier

as Young Hero German

as Sargeant

as Sergeant Hunt
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Critic Reviews for A Midnight Clear

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

A Midnight Clear doesn't do as much as it might with its characters. But as a parable of human folly and fragile hope, it has considerable impact.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

A Midnight Clear -- not quite a great war movie but certainly a sensitive, bright and supremely moral one -- shows how courage itself can be a kind of insanity.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Despite such peculiarities, or perhaps because of them, A Midnight Clear has a quirky, haunting quality, delivering good performances all around, but especially from Sinise, Hawke and Frank Whaley.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Midnight Clear

A provocative and introspective World War II drama, A Midnight Clear explores the complexities of war. While on a recon mission in the Ardennes forest in the winter of 1944 an American intelligence unit comes upon a German platoon that wants to surrender. Starring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, and Kevin Dillon, the film has a strong cast. The performances however, aren't that good; but then neither is the writing. Still, the plot addresses some interesting issues of morality, along with the challenges faced by soldiers. Additionally, the sets and costumes create an authentic World War II look and feel. A Midnight Clear has some problems, but even so there's something compelling about the characters and their story.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Captivating little war film. With a great cast.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

A rare movie, that has the title of "character driven story", so very much so that this movie is the very definition of it!

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