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Silent Night (2002)

Linda Hamilton , Matthew Harbour , Rodney Gibbons  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Romano Orzari, Alain Goulem, Martin Neufeld
  • Directors: Rodney Gibbons
  • Writers: Roger Aylward
  • Producers: Irene Litinsky, Michael Prupas, Rory J. Aylward, Steven Hewitt, Steven Jay Rubin
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQRYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Night" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front.

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137 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SILENT NIGHT, WELL-SPENT NIGHT November 28, 2003
Format:DVD
I wasn't at the Battle of the Bulge, the last great battle of World War II whose little-known and unknown byways form the locale of this true-life story, but SILENT NIGHT is, in its way, as evocative and illuminating of this momentous event in history as its far-better-known counterpart, the 1949 front-line combat film, BATTLEGROUND.
Rather than concentrating on the fierce, frozen struggle that the Bulge certainly was -- leaving as it did, thousands of Americans and Germans dead in the dark, snowy Huertgen Forest during that brutal winter of 1944-'45 -- SILENT NIGHT deals with the intertwined universality of soldiers' longing for home, a war-weary German mother's longing for peace in her own home, and her little boy's desperate need for a sign that the world he'll inherit might be filled by something other than the hollow, ranted slogans of the Hitler Youth.
The performances, especially those of Linda Hamilton, as the frightened, yet determined, Frau Vincken, and the young men who play the GI's and Wehrmacht infantrymen, convincingly convey the snow-blanched weariness and wariness that surely contributed to the real participants' touch-and-go attempt to lay aside their arms for one last wartime Christmas, as a sign that their world may have tired of its madness.
Also utterly convincing, by the way, is the film's depiction of the snowbound German landscape -- photographed, as I understand it, in Quebec in the height of summer!
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night - excellent Christmas film November 12, 2003
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Format:DVD
Too often during the holidays, we are bombarded with sugary sweet films with adorable kids and silly stories. This is not one of those, but instead is an intelligent and touching memoir of an exceptional and true night in the life of a young boy and his mother. Well acted and well written, Silent Night tells the story of a woman's struggle to keep peace in her mountain cabin during a Christmas Eve when several American and German soldiers find their way to her door. She not only manages to do that, but during the evening, she reaches the heart of each of her guests, stirring their humanity and their wishes for the end of the war. As they share their meal, they share bits of their 'real' lives with each other and begin to see each other as men, not just enemies. Linda Hamilton is excellent as the mother and leads a solid cast in this wonderful and warm story. Highly recommended for all members of the family.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended holiday fare December 3, 2004
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I, too, stumbled upon this gem one evening last year & caught it near the beginning. Meaning to return to my orginal program, I found I could not turn away. The characters are believable and well-acted, the plot is a welcome reminder to what the true meaning of Christmas should be...peace on earth and good will to all. I hope Hallmark will consider marketing this classic to a broader audience.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Meaning of Christmas November 27, 2003
Format:DVD
The message of SILENT NIGHT is the meaning of Christmas itself: compassion and caring overcoming hatred and hostility. As a history teacher and a human being I highly recommend this movie.
The plot is riveting, the characters are real, the setting is wonderful, and the theme will touch your heart to a depth that no sugary-sweet traditional Christmas film can.
The producers, director, actors and crew created a movie that you will remember for years after you watch it. It is well worth your time and money.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Christmas story! October 5, 2008
Format:DVD
This film is also one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

A German mother takes her son to the winter cabin to escape the violence of the Battle of the Bulge. A small group of Americans find their way to the cabin with a wounded soldier and are forced to leave their weapons outside. When Nazis arrive they believe an axe is a rifle and surrender to it. They also leave their weapons outside and all sit to a Christmas dinner no one had planned! Even enemies can become friends.

This is a perfect Family film, a great addition to any war collection, and a perfect addition to a Christmas collection.

If you liked this full length film, another film short you will enjoy is My Christmas Soldier.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable Movie November 26, 2003
Format:DVD
SILENT NIGHT is a thoughtful movie, in the truest sense of the word. This true story depicts one woman's amazing strength of character, several soldiers' personal struggles between duty and human kindness and an eventful Christmas Eve one boy never forgot. Very well written; strong performance by Linda Hamilton. Highly recommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this movie.... June 2, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this movie on TV a long time ago and I always wanted to see it again. I found it at Amazon and bought it and I find it to be an instant 'classic'. The performances are real and the story unique yet believeable. Its a shame that a great movie like this doesn't get more attention. I thought there were two scenes in the movie that I didn't see on the DVD. I could be wrong, but maybe there is a unedited version out there somewhere? One scene I remember is where one German and one American soldier are outside talking about their lives before the war. And I thought at the end of the movie there was a follow up of what happened to each individual after the war. I may be crazy but I thought these two scenes were in the movie, but are not. Enjoy!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Movie March 19, 2009
Format:DVD
I saw this several years ago and liked it but forgot about it. I had the good fortune to catch it this past December on the Hallmark channel and just had to purchase it. The acting is very good and believeable and the story? Well let's just say it's one for the ages. My wife loved it and I know the rest of my family will also. It's amazing that a good, quality movie such as this does not get the recognition it deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A truly moving true-life story about what the Christmas holiday spirit should be all about!
Published 8 hours ago by SmudgyToes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to work with
Published 10 days ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for sure.
Published 28 days ago by hartmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I consider it an annual Christmas "Must watch" movie. Nostalgic; emotional.
Published 29 days ago by L. J. Tauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas film
A different slant on your average Christmas movie, very good!
Published 1 month ago by John W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night
I ordered a number of Christmas VHS' and to my dismay most of them were not in closed caption. So sad.
Published 2 months ago by Pat Pollino
5.0 out of 5 stars good
really nice movie. the actors made it happen since the story itself was simple
the direction seemed to enhance it as well
Published 3 months ago by Tanya K. Handkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
An extension of the info about the Christmas truce in WWI. I watched it sometime ago, and really need to rewatch it, but I know I enjoyed it. Thanks, Carolyn
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn M. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Terrific movie!!!! Haven't seen it in a long time but the wait was sure worth it!!! This movie was heartwarming and suspenseful all in one.
Published 6 months ago by Gloria Downing
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Movie
Because I love history of the United States, this movie intriqued me. After watching it, you soon realize that this story, which is true depicts how our fighting men on both sides... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Valerie J. Wilson
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