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½ December 22, 2016
A film set during WWII that will leave you thinking about it long after it's over. The stellar cast, led by a young Gary Sinise and Ethan Hawke, portay a platoon of American soldiers sent to secure a lookout position to await the advancing Germans. The subsequent interaction with an Germany army platoon evokes the true horror of war. The story inevitably takes a haunting twist that will stay with you long after the credits have begun to roll. Although light on action, I'd rank this with one of the best war movies ever made.
August 22, 2016
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.
July 4, 2016
good WWII pic way post WWII
February 17, 2016
An incredible movie, one of my favorite war films of all time. a must see for anyone who has experienced life in a combat squad, Keth Gordon gets it right.
January 9, 2016
This was a moving and beautiful surprise! The story of opposing war factions setting aside the battle toward the end of WWII to celebrate Christmas is much more human than its corny premise would have you think. It?s a powerful tale with great acting, but the subtle and controlled direction allows the sobering drama to be punctuated with down-to-earth humor. A worthy reminder of other?s trials during the busy Christmas season.
½ December 29, 2015
A great Christmas war film, based on the true events in WWII, well acted, and containing an anti-war concept that makes you both think and feel. I also liked the visual style.
½ August 29, 2015
A movie full of historical mistakes and cliches (German posts in the Ardennes before the main attack?, sunny days before Christmas Day 44? German soldiers called "nazis" by GIs? and the list goes on...). Except for the beautiful photography and sound track, the movie is just a messy gathering of inconsistencies.
February 18, 2015
Avec A Midnight Clear, Keith Gordon prouve qu'on peut faire un film de guerre extrêmement tendu, désespérant et plein de sens sans jamais montrer une seule bataille rangée. Ici, la violence est sourde, les personnages désemparés et l'escadrille décimée avant même le début de l'intrigue. Extrêmement touchant, passionnant jusqu'au bout, A Midnight Clear vaut aussi pour les interprétations remarquables de Gary Sinise, Ethan Hawke et Peter Berg. Un film bien trop méconnu.
Super Reviewer
December 25, 2014
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.
October 13, 2014
Talk about your crushing endings but a very well acted and well put together drama.
½ May 4, 2014
Very underrated war film
½ May 4, 2014
Very underrated war film
½ April 27, 2014
Surprisingly good and different movie, with a little bit of everything in it. It steps away from
all the fighting for the most part and focuses on a small company by themselves in the middle of nowhere, as a isolated outpost. It's different than most war movies, with not a lot of killing, until the end anyway. There is a small company of German soldiers as well, and they kindly exchange presents, sing Christmas carols, and have a smowball fight. So not you're everyday war movie. It's creepy at times, funny, suspenseful and interesting, and you can always expect the unexpected. But it's a little bit slow. The one shootout is ok, not great, and there is a good death scene. It's very anti-war, and shows the high commands disrespect for ordinary soldiers, and I always hate them for it. So good movie, not action packed by far, but different in a good way.
February 7, 2014
Solid cast depicting the harsh and emotional tribulations of being a soldier in the 40s.
October 15, 2013
Excellent, emotional anti-war film envisaged in a low key yet atmospheric way by former actor Keith Gordon.
Adapting William Wharton's novel (whose 'Birdy' was also recently realised as a movie at the time) Gordon makes canny use of his painstakingly picked platoon of young stars: among them Ethan Hawke (who also narrates), Kevin Dillon and Gary Sinise.
The heartbreaking futility of war is brought to the fore in many instances throughout, most memorably in the early image of the corpses of a frozen American and German soldier in an arranged, awkward embrace in the snow.
John C. McGinley plays a growling US Major who acts as the chief arsehole of the piece, and within this you get the feeling that the pacifistic director was making some sideswipes towards the warmongering powers that be heading towards the Gulf at the time of release of "A Midnight Clear".
July 23, 2013
Pretty good war story
½ June 26, 2013
A good little war film
½ June 8, 2013
The beautifully mysterious landscape and ominous score, A Midnight Clear is a fabulously humane war film.
½ May 11, 2013
A slow moving war drama.
December 21, 2012
A well meaning film that probably caused a stir at the time for although it had by then become acceptable to admit culpability in the context of the Vietnam War, the Second World War was still pretty sacrosanct. Hence, the movie's spin on the futility of war is powerful as are the snowbound landscapes of the Ardennes.

Ethan Hawke was very much a rising star at the time and he does well but at times the film drifts like the snow that envelops the scenery while the portrait of unfeeling superior officers seems hackneyed at times.
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