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Hart's War (2002)

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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Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber
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Capt. R.G. Sisk
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Storyline

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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Heroes Are Measured By What They Do. 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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Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En defensa del honor  »

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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Trivia

Jonathan Brandis played one of the privates but his lines were cut out of the movie, he still on the movie but only in a few shoots. You can find his scene on the "deleted scenes' of the DVD. See more »

Goofs

The level of the alcohol in the glass jar in the Colonel's office changes between shots. At one point it rises and later lowers again without being poured. See more »

Quotes

Col. Werner Visser: Strange thing about war wounds- the older you get, the less proud of them you become.
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Connections

References Der Fuehrer's Face (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
from "Porgy & Bess"
Written by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Performed by Sidney Bechet
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

If you're looking for a different kind of POW story . . .
18 February 2002 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for action in your war film skip this one. But if you don't mind an interesting drama about prejudice among Americans in a German POW camp, which although slow at times, leads to an interesting pay-off with a twist that (kinda) makes the whole thing worth it, then check it out. I especially enjoyed the subdued though "grizzled" looking Bruce Willis as Colonel McNamara and Marcel Iures as the camps' German commander.


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