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Hart's War (2002)

 -  Drama | War  -  15 February 2002 (USA)
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A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.

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Lt. Lamar T. Archer (as Vicellous Shannon)
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Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber
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Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country. Written by Press kit

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Drama | War

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Rated R for some strong war violence and language | See all certifications »

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En defensa del honor  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$353,894 (Japan) (27 September 2002)

Gross:

$1,229,194 (Japan) (11 October 2002)
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Trivia

One of the movie's credited writers, Billy Ray, reports that he never read the novel, "Hart's War," which is the basis for the movie. In The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007), he calls this revelation a "painful admission." But, he explains, by the time he came on the project, the screenplay had been through so many drafts that what was in the book itself did not matter much for his job of getting the screenplay to work. Ray says that one of the movie's producers, David Foster "constantly" sent him excerpts from the novel, advising him to include those particular things in the movie. But he implies that he felt no need to include something simply because it came from the novel. He then makes a point of saying he "admires" the novel's author, John Katzenbach and his father, Nicholas Katzenbach, whose time as a World War II prisoner of war was the basis of the novel. Ray explains further that he worked from the existing drafts and from the large amount of World War II research he did for the project, especially relying on the writing of Stephen Ambrose. See more »

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The film's geography is convoluted. Apart from mixing infantry and aviation personnel in the camp, it is extremely unlikely that any tuskegee airmen of the Italy-based 15th Air Force would be to northern Germany where POWs from the Battle of the Bulge were kept. See more »

Quotes

Col. Werner Visser: You know sometimes I think your Lieutenant Scott might have been better off in Alabama. Lynchings are over
[snaps fingers]
Col. Werner Visser: in minutes. The kind of justice he's suffering here is far crueler.
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Soundtracks

Die Fahne hoch!
Performed by The Musikkorps Liebstandarte-SS 'Adolf Hitler'
Courtesy of the Tomahawk Films WW-II German Archive
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Great Acting, Gives Basic Plot Line
24 September 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

HI everyone! I just watched Hart's War on Pay-Per-View and I highly recommend those of you who haven't had a chance to see it to do so. This film totally did not receive the recognition that it deserves; the performances by Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell were extraordinary, and I am sure we will be hearing much more about Colin Ferrell's career in years to come. This film deals with the prejudice that existed amongst POW soldiers within the Nazi camps and takes you through an emotional-moral-roller-coaster ride when Farrell is asked to represent a soldier accused of "murdering' another solider who was vehemently racist. Meanwhile, Bruce Willis uses this distraction in order to seek justice for himself against the Nazi's captors. If you are in the mood for a suspenseful and intellectually stimulating film then definitely catch this one before its too late.


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