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Midnight Clear
     

Midnight Clear

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Director: Dallas Jenkins, Stephen Baldwin, K Callan, Kirk B.R. Woller

Cast: Dallas Jenkins, Stephen Baldwin, K Callan, Kirk B.R. Woller

 

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A handful of desperate characters come together unexpectedly one winter evening in this comedy-drama. Lefty (Stephen Baldwin) is a luckless sad sack whose life has been in a tailspin since his wife Heather (Faline England) left him two years ago. Lefty has been struggling to win back the right to visit his daughter, but since losing his job and periodically stumbling

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A handful of desperate characters come together unexpectedly one winter evening in this comedy-drama. Lefty (Stephen Baldwin) is a luckless sad sack whose life has been in a tailspin since his wife Heather (Faline England) left him two years ago. Lefty has been struggling to win back the right to visit his daughter, but since losing his job and periodically stumbling in his efforts to give up drinking, he's been so broke he can't afford to pay his rent, let alone hire a lawyer, and after a meeting with Heather's attorney goes badly, he decides he needs to get his hands on a gun. Meanwhile, Lefty's aging mother Eva (K Callan) has fallen into a depression as her health has begun to fail her, and she's decided that Christmas Eve would be as good a time as any to do herself in. Elsewhere, Mary (Mary Thornton) could use some help looking after her son Jacob (Dominic Scott Kay), after her husband Rick (Kevin Downes) suffered a severe head injury during a motorcycle accident a year before with his best friend and riding buddy, Mitch (Mitchell Jarvis). And Mark (Richard Fancy), the pastor at a local church, has been persuaded to take a group of kids out Christmas caroling -- a task he does not relish. Somehow, the fates conspire to bring the principles together with Christmas just around the corner to give them the hope that's been lacking in their lives. Midnight Clear was the first feature film from director Dallas Jenkins, adapted from a short film of the same title he made the previous year.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0031398222316
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
21,224

Special Features

"Behind the Clear" featurette; Audio commentary with author Jerry B. Jenkins, director Dallas Jenkins and screenwriter Wes Halula; 16x9 widescreen; 2.0 stereo audio; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Baldwin Lefty
K Callan Eva
Kirk B.R. Woller Actor
Mary Thornton Mary
Mitchell Jarvis Mitch
Richard Fancy Mark
Victoria Jackson Actor
Dominic Scott Kay Jacob
Faline England Heather
Richard Riehle Actor
Kevin Downes Rick

Technical Credits
Dallas Jenkins Director,Producer
Robert Abramoff Executive Producer
Mandy Benton Makeup
Stephen Chudej Costumes/Costume Designer
James R. Cunningham Production Designer
Kevin Downes Producer
Randall Walker Gregg Cinematographer
Chad Gunderson Co-producer
Wes Halula Screenwriter
Darrell Henke Sound/Sound Designer
Beverly Holloway Casting
Hwang Jeehun Score Composer
Jerry B. Jenkins Executive Producer
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine Asst. Director
Frank Reynolds Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midnight Clear
1. Go Home, Lefty [7:22]
2. The Coffee's Good [8:07]
3. It's Complicated [5:54]
4. Going to See Daddy [10:15]
5. You Should See Him [8:07]
6. Not Really Convenient [10:36]
7. Life Fades Away [9:07]
8. One and the Same [10:44]
9. For Better or Worse [7:14]
10. Best Thing to Happen [12:01]
11. The Power of Church [8:48]
12. End Credits [3:52]

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Midnight Clear 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MIDNIGHT CLEAR is an easily overlooked film: the cover of the DVD is bleak, the description of the story sounds a bit corny, and the promotion of the film has been scant. But what is not expected for those viewers able to overcome the above negative aspects is a well-made little series of interlocking vignettes that poignantly address the impact of random acts of kindness in a world grown calloused. It is touching in the best sense of the word and well worth watching even beyond the Christmas season. The unnamed town gradually opens windows to some fairly sad people: an elderly woman Eva (K Callan) talks with her doctor on the telephone about her meds and we note that she may be facing the thought of suicide in her desolate life a sweet woman Mary (Mary Thornton) and her young son Jacob (Dominic Scott Kay) visit their brain damaged husband/father in a rest home (the man was critically injured in an auto accident one year ago) a lonely many Kirk (Kirk B.R. Woller) stands in his isolated convenience store without patrons a longtime drunk and lonely ex-husband Lefty (Stephen Baldwin) is fired from his menial job, despite a recent promotion, because of his consistent tardiness Mitch (Mitchell Jarvis) works with kids for a church to assuage his guilt for having survived the auto accident that devastated Mar's husband's life, reluctantly agreeing to his pastor (Richard Fancy) to take his youth group caroling to the shut-ins on Christmas Eve. Each of these characters influences the others by a seeming random act of kindness: Kirk helps Mary and Jacob with their broken car, Eva is given a meals on wheels by a church lady (Victoria Jackson), Mitch and his carolers provide some needed money by means of a token gift that will allow Lefty and Eva to attend Christmas Eve Service, and Eva's 'meals on wheels' ends up providing midnight food for Kirk and Mary and Jacob. Writer Wes Halula and director Dallas Jenkins carve a story that, though at times suggests it may become cloying, is genuinely touching. The cast, especially Baldwin and Callan, is excellent, and each of the characters is well developed, leaving the viewer with a sense of a morality tale we sorely need. Instead of a big booming Hollywood finish, the film simply tapers off with suggestions of the importance of selfless acts that can make a difference. It is well worth watching, especially now, and especially during the Christmas season. Grady Harp