The other night I had some time to kill, so I opened my Netflix queue to see if there were any “instant” movies I could watch online. I discovered “Midnight Clear,” and I knew it was based on a book by my pal Jerry Jenkins, so I settled back to watch it.

An hour and forty minutes later, I was bawling like a baby. The story concerns at least five characters whose lives intertwine, even momentarily, on Christmas Eve. To its credit, there are no miraculous conversions, angelic visitations, or heavy sermons . . . instead we see one Christian man doing what’s right because it’s right, and then we see how his actions multiply and bless the lives of other people in need of a loving touch.
This is a lovely film, produced and directed by Dallas Jenkins, Jerry’s son. Stephen Baldwin stars, and does an excellent job. Excellent production values, too.
So look for this movie wherever you buy or rent DVDs. It’s available at, too. I think you’ll like it a lot. Uplifting . . . and you don’t have to wait until the Christmas season to enjoy it.


  1. Kathy C.

    Have the book but didn’t know the movie was available. I’m somewhat new to netflix. Watched Juno with my 17-yr-old daughter last night and discussed choices throughout the movie.

  2. Dallas Jenkins

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Angela, we really appreciate it. We really tried to make a film that didn’t shy away from reality or even darkness but that ultimately had hope and showed that small and random acts of kindness can have a big impact.

    Netflix is great, but don’t hesitate to buy it if you want, we could use the sales! 🙂

    Thanks again…

  3. Sue

    My hubby and I just watched “your” movie, The Note last weekend and loved it. I had read your book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it so was looking forward to seeing the movie.

    This one by Jerry Jenkins sounds good! I’m 3/4 of my way through the Apprenticeship course at CWG. Still not sure where/what God wants me to do with it yet. 😉

    Thanks for the addition to my “must see” list!

    God bless you!

  4. Dallas Jenkins

    Not to do another shameless plug, but if you like The Note, you might want to check out another Hallmark Channel movie that was based on one of my Dad’s books, “Though None Go With Me.” Along with The Note, it’s one of the few Hallmark Channel movies that ended up getting DVD distribution.

  5. Allie

    I loved this movie when I stumbled on it last year. I’d been checking out a few Christian movies and getting suitably distressed at how awful they were – but this one wasn’t.

  6. Rusty Whitener

    My wife and I really liked “Midnight Clear.” Great to see an honest story and honest film. We ran into Steve Baldwin at Movieguide Awards and he recalled it as “some of my real quality work.” Angela, I think I’ll see you at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference!


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