Midnight Clear (1992)

Midnight Clear (1992)

Director: Keith Gordon Cast: Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
UPC: 8809116452947
Original Release: 1992
Source: Imports
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:47:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Berg Bud Miller
Kevin Dillon Mel Avakian
Arye Gross Stan Shutzer
Ethan Hawke Will Knott
Gary Sinise Vince "Mother" Wilkins
Frank Whaley "Father" Mundy
Larry Joshua Lieutenant Ware
David Jensen Sergeant Hunt
Curt Lowens German Soldier
Rachel Griffin Janice
John C. McGinley Major Griffin
Timothy S. Shoemaker Eddie
Kelly Gately Young Hero German
Bill Osborn American Sentry
Andre Lamal German

Technical Credits
Keith Gordon Director,Screenwriter
Marc Abraham Producer
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Bill Borden Producer
Don Brochu Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
David Lubin Production Designer
Janis Lubin Set Decoration/Design
David Nichols Production Designer
Dale Pollock Producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Barbara Tfank Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midnight Clear
1. Scene 1 [16:18]
2. Scene 2 [20:08]
3. Scene 3 [16:44]
4. Scene 4 [1:16]
4. Scene 5 [19:01]
5. Scene 6 [26:06]

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Midnight Clear (1992) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most realistic WW2 films ever made. It is on par with Saving Private Ryan. The film is able to show the feelings of fear, alienation from superiors, the correct realistic uniforms worn of both sides, the horror of war, the loss of comrades, and common thread of humanity of both sides. For some unjustifiable reason this film did not reach its glory in the marketplace. It seems that it was blocked from obtaining its rightful place. Perhaps because the film showed the German soldiers as victims?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ''miracle'' in this story is that humanity always shines in, if not override, the insanity of war. A hauntingly beautiful movie, right from the first narrative by William, Will Knott, or better known as Won't. The poignancy is truly heartfelt in scenes when the 19 year-old American soldiers confronted their German counterparts in the Ardennes countryside, who want nothing better than to have snowball fights and celebrate gift-giving and singing Christmas carols. Though more a ''pacifist'' movie, the depictions of the violence of war was a necessity, only to prove a point, that war IS violent and insane and that any teenager or children thrown in the situation, would try to make the best of situation and their spirit will withstand the ugliness of the situation. Befitting that the violence is set against the backdop of a blanket of pure white snow (by the way, what is it with Ethan Hawke and snow - Dead Poet's Society, White Fang, Snow Falling on Cedars ...) As for the young soldiers, they were well portrayed by these wonderful ''up-and-coming'' actors who have now gone on to star in Chicago Hope (Peter Berg), Ellen (Ayre Gross), numerous movies for Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Frank Whalley and Kevin Dillon. Forget about all those ''traditional'' christmas movies - It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or even Home Alone et all (except maybe A Christmas Carol, sans which Christmas wouldn't be Christmas). THIS is the movie to watch this Christmas, one that I've watched every Christmas since 1994!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very nice ''Thinking Man's'' WWII movie. I had seen this 8 years ago, and it had such a vivid impact on me that I often thought of it when it snowed or when I read about the small unit conflicts during the winter of 1944-45. This is also one of few movies in the genre that can be appreciated by a wide range of people (like spouses). It's probably one of my 3-4 favorite overlooked or ''Forgotten Films.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie excells at its depiction of the inner struggles and confusion that soldiers encounter during war. A great movie that went virtually unnoticed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a genre, the war movie can be divided into two types: the patriotic epic like Laurence Olivier's ''Henry V'' and Steven Spielberg's ''Saving Private Ryan'' on the one hand, and on the other, the genuinely tragic portrayal of war which inspires pity and fear in the viewer, leaving one emotionally exhausted but curiously uplifted. ''A Midnight Clear'' is a rare combination of talents in which story, acting, and technique have been molded by a director into an unforgettable experience of human solidarity in the face of the horror of war. The guiding concept or master idea of the film is nowhere better illustrated than in the scene of the preparation of a dead soldier for burial. The washing of the body, performed with deliberate, almost balletic grace, is reminiscent of a Renaissance painting.It sums up the human solidarity in the face of overwhelming sorrow that underpins the whole film. The stunning conclusion, devoid of sentimentality, leaves one with a grateful sense of the integrity of the filmmaker's art.