- Crowning Moment of Awesome: It's a very perverse and depressing one, but Mother taking down the Germans during the "battle" shows that, despite spending the movie in a state of Heroic BSOD, he is capable of bravery when his buddies are in danger. Or when he thinks they are.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Will's cynical narration about the army invokes this in a Black Comedy manner.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The middle act, before it becomes a Tearjerker. The Americans and Germans setting aside their differences, making friends, getting in a snowball fight and singing Christmas Carols.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Will describes the incompetent Major Griffin as a former mortician apparently racking up business for his army counterparts. John C. McGinley, who played Griffin, stars as a doctor in Scrubs. One of the characters in the latter is an incompetent doctor who becomes a mortician.
- Nightmare Fuel: Posthumous Character Eddie, who loses his left arm and suffers severe facial wounds in an ill-fated patrol before the events of the movie. A flashback shows him in a field hospital, heavily bandaged, with one open eye staring hauntingly into the camera, and by default, the viewer's soul. We are not shown his face, which somehow makes it worse.
- The dead American and German, embraced by frostbite, is just eerie...
- Tearjerker: The final act.
- The "battle" sparking a firefight that leads to all the Germans being killed.
- Father Mundy's death.
- The Bittersweet Ending: The four survivors of Intelligence never make contact again when the war ends, with the exception of Mother sending a lone $10 dollar bill to Will every Christmas, to pay off a bet.