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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.

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Based on a novel by William Wharton, A Midnight Clear is set in the Adriennes Forest in December of 1944. A group of American GIs, all of whom have been together a bit too long, cling to the vestiges of their peacetime interests to remain sane. None are brilliant soldiers, though Will Knot Ethan Hawke is the one who exhibits the strongest leadership qualities. Billeted at a chateau, the soldiers begin hearing strange noises emanating from a graveyard, the handiwork of a group of mischievous German soldiers. The two enemy camps draw closer to one another as Christmas approaches, due in great part to the influence of GI Vince "Mother" Wilkins Gary Sinise. A sudden, impulsive hostile act results in the wholesale -- and unnecessary -- slaughter of the German soldiers. Though the exteriors are convincingly mid-European, the film was actually lensed in Utah.

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Critic Reviews for A Midnight Clear

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12)

The sentiments aren`t fresh, but the skill of the writing and a superior ensemble American cast makes the drama memorable.

November 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

December 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

December 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

December 4, 2013

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.

December 4, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

December 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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