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WWII movie - American and German soldiers sing carols in trenches

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am looking for a movie made about WWII, I believe it was made in the late seventies or in the early 80's.

The movie was set during the winter time, it was around Christmas. It may have been during the Battle of the Bulge.

There was a part in the movie where the Americans are sitting in trenches just 100 yards from the German trenches. And during Christmas eve, the Germans start singing some Christmas carol, and the Americans join in.

That's pretty much all I can remember.

Than you very much
asked Feb 21, 2016 in Name That Movie by SpaceDonkey (1 point)
This is just a guess because this movie is from 1992, but it sounds so much like it that I thought I would give it a shot... "A Midnight Clear"(1992)
You can watch the full movie at this link and the christmas carol scene is at around 1:00.06
If this is the right movie, I will repost it as an official answer and you can mark it as the correct answer by clicking on the gold star.
Just a comment: If there were trenches and a Christmas truce, the movie would have taken place in the First World War, not the Second (unless the movie was being anachronistic of course).  The Christmas Truce was an actual historical event in WWI.
There is also a 1969 musical, "Oh! What a Lovely War."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh!_What_a_Lovely_War
I'll add this suggestion: "Joyeux Noel", which takes place in the trenches during World War I. However, it was released in 2005~way past your date. I'll leave the link to the Wiki summary just in case though I doubt this is it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_No%C3%ABl

Excerpt:
"Joyeux Noël" aka "Merry Christmas" is a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers.

I'll check if another film was made about it. At least we're ruling out films, right?
I am sorry to kick this message, i am looking for the same movie. I see some tips but it didnt help me to find the right movie. Because it was definitly a world war 2 movie. And it wasnt about the world war 1 christmas truce.

As i recall there is a scene of a snowy open place within a forest possibly in the ardennes,  two american soldiers are on overwatch in their foxholes looking at a foggy forest ridge when they hear the germen sing silent night. They then began to sing together. The german forces and the allied forces never met each other, they just sang together.

The movie wasnt based on only that scene it was just a piece of the movie. The complete movie was about warfare inside a forest. Space donkey must be on the right track, i also think it was the battle of the bulge.
Some movies about the Battle of the Bulge:
"Battle of the Bulge" (1965)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058947/

"Saints and Soldiers" (2003)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373283/

Episodes 5 (Crossroads), 6 (Bastogne) and 7 (The Breaking Point) of the TV mini series "Band of Brothers" also deal with the Battle of the Bulge:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185906/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Band_of_Brothers_episodes

"Everyman's War" (2009)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1209319/

Some parts of the movie "Patton" are also dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066206/

Or maybe "A Midnight Clear" (1992)?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102443/
Hey, Sonny, please see my suggestions, is one of them the movie you are looking for?

1 Answer

Maybe
"A Midnight Clear" (1992)?
I haven't seen this movie, but here is a detailed plot description on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midnight_Clear

"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."

You can watch the complete movie on Youtube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aux8y8qiw4M

answered Sep 2, 2017 by casspir (19,201 points)
edited Sep 2, 2017 by casspir
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