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Silent Night (2002)

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. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and ... See full summary »

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Rodney Gibbons

Writer:

Roger Aylward
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linda Hamilton ... Elisabeth Vincken
Matthew Harbour ... Young Fritz Vincken
Romano Orzari ... Pvt. Jimmy Rassi
Alain Goulem ... Sgt. Ralph Blank
Martin Neufeld Martin Neufeld ... Lt. Hans Klosterman
Mark Antony Krupa ... Sgt. Marcus Mueller
James McGowan ... Capt. Dietrich
Michael Elkin Michael Elkin ... Pvt. Herbie Ridgin
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Old Fritz Vincken (voice)
Cassian Bopp Cassian Bopp ... Pvt. Peter Heinrich
Harald Winter Harald Winter ... Herr Vincken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vie Nystrom Vie Nystrom ... Hostess
Gianpaolo Venuta ... Chris
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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. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Germany, 1944, Christmas Eve. Sometimes The Darkest Moments Giver Birth To The Brightest Miracles.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on a true story narrated by one of the participants, Fritz Winken, a 12 year old German child, who later in life lived in Honolulu and met with another of the protagonists, Sgt. Ralph Blank , who also survived the war, as did Pvt, James Rassi. Unfortunately the fate of the rest of the people who are portrayed in the film is left unexplained by the narrative and is probably unknown. See more »

Quotes

Klosterman: What will you do when we take away your pineapple pudding?
Jimmy: Ask for banana.
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A gem of a small, feel-good Christmas movie.
20 December 2002 | by griffinaSee all my reviews

This film challenged my assumptions about made-for-TV films. Linda Hamilton and an excellent supporting cast do a first-rate job portraying a group of American and German soldiers who take time out from battle in the closing days of World War II to celebrate Christmas and remember their shared humanity.

Nice underacting combined with solid camera work and lighting make this film work. An interesting touch is that throughout much of the film, the German characters speak in German with English subtitles; personally, I found this effective -- amazingly, most of the accents were pretty good. Although it has a happy ending -- it is a Christmas movie, after all -- the film has sufficient pathos to prevent it from becoming saccharin.

This film seems proof again that our northern neighbors seem to have to compensate for a lack of special effects and big names by resorting to acting and plot! Definitely worth watching.


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