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
as Sergeant Hunt
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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
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.
One of my favorite movies ever. A Midnight Clear is criminally underrated and unappreciated. The film masterfully crafts a desolate atmosphere of hopelessness in World War II Belgium (Battle of the Bulge). The entire structure, character development, and progression are just so wonderfully done that you can't help but be touched by the end of the movie. It's certainly a gem that leaves you speechless, but be careful as the movie is the most depressing movie I've ever seen. Realism at it's finest.
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