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Hart's War (2002)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Lamar T. Archer (as Vicellous Shannon)
Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber
Capt. R.G. Sisk
Cpl. Joe S. Cromin
Sgt. Carl S. Webb
Pvt. Bert D. 'Moose' Codman
Maj. Joe Clary
Pfc. W. Roy Potts


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En defensa del honor  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


When Hart (Colin Farrell) sneaks out of the barracks near the end of the movie he hides from two passing guards. As the guards pass they are speaking German. What they are saying translates to: "My dog has no nose" "How does he smell?" "Terrible." See more »


The highest number of aerial victories by a Tuskegee pilot was 4, not 9 as Lt. Scott claims. Interestingly, one of 2 pilots who accomplished this was named Archer. See more »


Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford: Take that you bastard!
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott: Careful Bedford. That's a nigger you're rooting for. Tail's painted red, that means he's 99th, right out of Tuskegee, boy.
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Mood Indigo
Written by Barney Bigard, Irving Mills and Duke Ellington (as Edward Ellington)
Performed by The Duke Ellington Band
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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