- A Midnight Clear is a 1992 American war drama film written and directed by Keith Gordon and starring an ensemble cast that features Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross. It is based on the eponymous novel by William Wharton. Set toward the end of World War II, the film tells the story of an American intelligence unit that finds a German platoon that wishes to surrender.
A Midnight Clear is a 1992 American war drama film written and directed by Keith Gordon and starring an ensemble cast that features Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross. It is based on the eponymous novel by William Wharton.
Apr 24, 1992 · Storyline. Set in 1944 France, in the Ardennes forest region, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and share a Christmas celebration. The surrender plan includes a mock battle that turns bad when one of the soldiers is unaware of the surrender plan.
- Keith Gordon
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...
- Keith Gordon
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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A Midnight Clear is the third novel by the American novelist William Wharton. Based on Wharton's own experiences, it was published in 1982 following Birdy and Dad. The novels deals with six American soldiers who get a mission to have an eye on a German outpost at the heart of the Ardennes Forest, but the mission turns out to be much more difficult than expected. Wharton notes that he wrote this novel "thinking of the massacre of My Lai in Vietnam, to show how easy it was for a massacre to take p
The novel is set during the last days of WWII in the Ardennes Forest, and follows a group of six American soldiers, led by sergeant William Knot, called Won't by his comrades. Weary of this futile war, they are ordered to establish an observation post in an old chateau in order to have an eye on a German outpost. A few days after their arrival, they begin hearing strange noises and noticing Germans leaving strange signs of their presence. After some difficult communication with the Germans, they
Though not as popular as Wharton's earlier novels, A Midnight Clear was generally well-received by critics. For instance, Thomas R. Edwards of The New York Times calls the novel "a modest inquiry into war, youth and extinction... also remarkable". Sherwood Williams of The Christian Science Monitor calls it a "WWII saga of remarkable power" noting that "Wharton reveals the ugliness of war far better by reminding us of the joy of life than by pedantically documenting the brutality of battle".
In 1992, the novel was adapted into a popular movie of the same name, starring an ensemble cast that features Ethan Hawke and Gary Sinise, among others. The film received generally positive reviews. It holds an 88% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is based on 40 reviews. One of its unique features is how it shows the relation with enemy soldiers: "One of the most impactful aspects of A Midnight Clear is that when the time comes to kill, the targets are no longer faceless". The Washingto
- William Wharton
- August 1982
Apr 24, 1992 · "A Midnight Clear" recalls the often told story about a Christmas Eve in the trenches during World War I. At midnight, so the story goes, Allied and German soldiers met in the middle of no man's...
A Midnight Clear. (346) IMDb 7.1 1 h 48 min 1992 R. In the midst of WW2 US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive.
A Midnight Clear. The opening shots of "A Midnight Clear" have a clarity and force that linger, casting a spell over the entire movie. They show a group of young men in Jeeps, making their way through the deep snow in an almost primeval forest.
Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany’s final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend Christmas together before the surrender plan turns bad and both sides are forced to fight the other.
- Beacon Communications, A&M Films
- Keith Gordon
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