Watch The Christmas Truce
- 1 hr 35 min
The Christmas Truce, a 2015 film starring Craig Olejnik, Ali Liebert, and Kate Vernon is a heartwarming story set during World War I. The movie follows the events that led to the famous Christmas truce of 1914, a temporary ceasefire between the German and Allied forces during which soldiers put down their weapons and celebrated Christmas together.
The film opens with a series of brutal and bloody battles between the British and German armies. Amidst the chaos, we meet a group of soldiers who are tired, scared, and homesick. One of these soldiers is Jonathan, played by Craig Olejnik, who longs to put an end to the fighting and go back home to his wife and daughter. He is joined by his friend, Sprink, played by Ali Liebert, who shares his sentiments and is equally eager to end the war.
However, their hopes for peace seem futile, and Jonathan is ordered to lead a mission to capture a German trench. During the mission, Jonathan is wounded, and with the help of a kind German nurse, he is taken to a field hospital, where he recovers. It is at the hospital that Jonathan hears about the famous Christmas truce, during which soldiers on both sides of the war came together to celebrate the holiday.
Inspired by this brief moment of peace, Jonathan and Sprink hatch a plan to organize their own truce. They start by sending a message across no man's land, inviting the Germans to join them in a Christmas celebration. Eventually, their message is received, and a group of German soldiers led by the charismatic Silke, played by Kate Vernon, arrives at the British trenches.
What follows is a heartwarming scene of soldiers from both sides singing carols, exchanging gifts, and playing football. The soldiers, who only hours earlier were shooting at each other, are suddenly transformed into friends, sharing stories of their lives back home and bonding over their shared love for Christmas.
However, the brief moment of peace is shattered when a higher-up officer arrives, and the soldiers are forced to return to their respective trenches. But the kindness and humanity of the truce leave a lasting impact on Jonathan and the other soldiers, as they start to see their enemies as fellow human beings who are just as tired and scared as they are.
The Christmas Truce is a beautifully told story of hope, friendship, and the power of humanity in the midst of war. The film is a tribute to the real-life events that inspired it, and a reminder of the importance of compassion and empathy even in the darkest of times. The strong performances by the cast, especially Olejnik, Liebert, and Vernon, bring the story to life, making it a must-watch for anyone who loves a heartwarming Christmas movie.
The Christmas Truce is a 2017 tv movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.