A Midnight Clear 1992
In this screen adaptation of William Wharton's 1982 novel, writer and director Keith Gordon reveals war to be a dirty trickster. Knott (Ethan Hawke), the youthful narrator, leads his five-man intelligence unit into the Ardennes forest in December 1944. They have orders to set up an observation post in a deserted chateau. To insulate themselves against the insanity of combat, they have created a family with a "Father" (Frank Whaley), a former seminarian, and a "Mother" (Gary Sinise), a worrier they try to protect from further battle fatigue. They have games to keep themselves occupied as well as a "no obscenity" rule.
Much to the family's surprise, the German soldiers in the area have also lost their zest for fighting. They throw snowballs at the Americans rather than grenades and at Christmas sing carols in front of a decorated tree. They even have a plan that will enable them to surrender with dignity.
Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

Director: Keith Gordon
Cast: Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross, Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Frank Whaley, John C. McGinley, Larry Joshua, David Jensen
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, War

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:48:05 | 5.31 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Russian (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: English, Francais

- Audio commentary from the director Keith Gordon and actor Ethan Hawke
- Deleted scenes with director's commentary
- Trailer

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:43:46 | 7.22 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 6 ch), English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: none

- Commentary by Keith Gordon and Ethan Hawke
- "A Winter's War" - Documentary
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Keith Gordon
- Trailer

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