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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good Christmas drama, appropriate for year-round viewing. Based on a true event, this movie is a good World War II story without the tragedy.Published 3 months ago by S. Ohl
A "must have" for your dvd collection...this (true) story is timeless. Our family watches it every year around Christmas.Published 3 months ago by frhompty
This is a great story about humanity. We watch if every Christmas. Appropriate for the entire family.Published 3 months ago by Fuzzby
A great movie but we have not watched it yet. The last movie I got skipped.Published 4 months ago by C. DIPPOLITO