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A Midnight Clear : 20th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1992]


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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Kevin Dillon, Peter Berg, Frank Whaley
  • Directors: Keith Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EWRJKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With an all-star cast le0d by Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Kevin Dillon and Peter Berg, A Midnight Clear is a classic war movie that has won critical acclaim and a cult following.

As the end of World War II approaches a group of American soldiers are assigned to watch activity amidst the stark snow covered landscape of the French-German border and soon discover a battle weary enemy as reluctant to fight as they are. With common ground established the German platoon offer to be 'captured' and a phony battle is staged to save honour. However, a tragic misunderstanding has devastating consequences in this powerful depiction of war's insanity.

Bonus Features:
A Winter's War - Director Keith Gordon on A Midnight Clear (50 min exclusive new documentary)
Commentary by Keith Gordon and Ethan Hawke
Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Keith Gordon

Original Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9 anamorphic Dolby Digital 2.0 / 5.1

Review

The performances are uniformly excellent as the film moves inexorably towards bloody confrontation --Time Out

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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There have been many powerful anti war movies made over the years. Perhaps the grandaddy of them all was Lewis Milestone's "All Quiet on the Western Front". But there were others that were just as good like Kubrick's "Paths of Glory", Renoir's "La Grande Illusion", Cimino's "The Deerhunter", and Malick's haunting "The Thin Red Line". This film is not perhaps in that league, but it is certainly a powerful piece of filmmaking. I am very surprised that it is so little known and hard to get hold of. It certainly deserves to be much better known.

The film is set in the Ardednnes during the winter of 1944, towards the end of the second world war just before the Germans last desperate throw of the dice with "The Battle of the Bulge" offensive. An American intelligence unit is sent forward to carry out reconnaissance duties. Each of them has an IQ of a 150 or more, so they are well qualified for their duties. During their patrol they come into contact with a small German unit who wish to surrender. The groups exchange Christmas greetings and a truce is observed between them. But will the peace last?

The film is based on William Wharton's semi autobiographical novel, and the screeplay and direction was by Keith Gordon, a young actor making only his second feature film. Much credit should go to Gordon's flair for visual storytelling. There is one powerful scene of a dead German and American soldier caught in a last frozen embrace as if dancing, which reminded me of a scene from Siegfried Sassoon's great book of the First World War "Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man". Gordon also recruited a fine ensemble cast of young actors who were largely unkown at the time, but who all went on to varying degees of success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gary john king on 5 Jan 2014
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I rented this film with my mate when it came out along with a western tribute to sergi leoni which stared emilio estevez which i cant remember title but was a load of rubbish but this film surprised us both as it was actually quite good with a decent cast too,so im glad they released this 20th anniversary edition on bluray as some films miss a bluray release ......cant beleive this is 20 years old
if you like this buy When Trumpets Fade and Saints & Soldiers ....two little unknown gems and I suspect this is a little unknown gem too ......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wagstaff on 5 Sep 2013
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An Intelligence squad isolated in a snowy forward location is met by a German platoon who have no wish to take part in the impending offensive. The US squad is made up of men with particularly high IQs so the articulate and intelligent dialogue is totally believable. The film builds slowly with a sinister feel of isolation in the frozen landscape and a sense of menace of something ‘out there’. Not your standard action war movie, more a meditation on war and its impact on a personal level of those involved.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris on 3 April 2007
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I saw this film late one night on tv about 8 years ago now, and it was fantastic ! It's taken me ages to find it on dvd.

If you like your war stories with thoughtful characters, and a depth of what I can only assume to be realism (as I was not there) - then this is for you. A sort of early version of "Saints and Soldiers" but with much better acting and effects.....

Very little bad language, as the G.I's are all highly educated intel men and have chosen not to swear, but quite graphic in many other respects. The opening scene is pretty disturbing, and looks to be filmed on location somewhere extremely cold with loads of PROPER snow, not that usual Hollywood "salt" scattered everywhere.

William Wharton seems to be the man, the book "A Midnight Clear" is excellent, and don't forget, he wrote "Birdy", which has been favourably reviewed here on Amazon too.

Anyway, rent or buy "A Midnight Clear", I can almost guarantee you'll enjoy it.
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Sadly I was utterly disappointed in this seemingly highly-regarded film. To me it was over-sentimental and seems to have been written by someone who has never experienced war in any form and has no real imagination of what it may be like. Some scenes are fine but the overall feeling is utterly unrealistic and people behaving - or dealing with intense cold and apparent suffering - in a totally unrealistic way. Sorry - rubbish of a mawkish kind and fit only for my local charity shop, All Quiet or Private Ryan or Bridge at Remagen it most certainly isn't - more like Disney for kids.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. D. Amuro on 18 Dec 2007
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Hugely enjoyable and memorable film but such a shame it`s so hard to obtain.Rumours abound of a new widescreen dvd release with the same extras as the previous panned-scanned r1 but things have suddenly become quiet.I don`t ever recall seeing a uk r2 release so hopefully we`ll only have to wait a few more years.
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By A. Brown on 19 Nov 2014
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Still a chilling reminder that all soldiers on either side were the scared innocent parties of the war gone out of control. Excellent young cast.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saintsman on 18 Dec 2012
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Must say that this film confused me a bit. How can a squad leader not keep all his men in the loop, especially when the 'plan' was so tentative at best? The fact that one of his charges was obviously so close to section 8 should have taught him to keep some sort of leash on him so that the 'plan' could take its' course.
Mmmm...not convinced by this movie. Given the cast I expected a little more, sorry.
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