A Midnight Clear (1992)
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as Will Knott
as Mother Wilkins
as Maj. Griffin
as Lt. Ware
as `Father' Mundy
as Sergeant Hunt
as German Soldier
as Young Hero German
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Critic Reviews for A Midnight Clear
The sentiments aren`t fresh, but the skill of the writing and a superior ensemble American cast makes the drama memorable.
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.
[Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us.
It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost.
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.
Audience Reviews for A Midnight Clear
8/22/16 Netflix DVD A terrific ensemble cast with a number of young actors who went on to big careers. Shot in Utah but looking every bit like Germany the film explores the ambiguity, morality and senselessness of war. Ordinary soldiers on both sides who just want to survive and go home and show a humanity to each other that provides the heart of this film. Had to work really hard to find this DVD since it is fairly old. Well worth the effort.
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.
This is my second favorite movie ever and may just be the best war movie ever made. Poetic, very clever, and incredibly moving.
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