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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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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Beyond Courage, Beyond Honor. See more »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,907,413 (USA) (15 February 2002)

Gross:

$19,076,815 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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The whole Super 35 film was scanned by a Spirit Datacine at "2K" resolution (1920*1459 actual pixels, over sampled by 1/15 to true 2K) and digitally color-graded at Cinesite LA. The film was then digitally squeezed and output by Cineon Lightning laser recorders to anamorphic inter-negatives for release printing. See more »

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Col. McNamara wears a subdued arm patch of the Big Red One (First Infantry Division). Subdued service patches were not used by the Army until the 1960's. See more »

Quotes

[Lt. Hart offers condolences upon learning that Col. Visser's own son was killed in action on the Russian Front]
Col. Werner Visser: I killed my share of French and English in the last war; All of *them* had fathers.
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Soundtracks

Lili Marlene
Written by Norbert Schultze, Hans Leip and Mack David
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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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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