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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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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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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15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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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

Bruce Willis also appeared with Cole Hauser in Tears of the Sun (2003). See more »

Goofs

Stalag IVa was a real prison camp, but in fact only held one American. The vast majority of the prisoners were Russians or Poles, with a few Frenchmen and Britons being interned there as well. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

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Mood Indigo
Written by Barney Bigard, Irving Mills and Duke Ellington (as Edward Ellington)
Performed by The 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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Willis at his Scowling Best-- sort of...
10 July 2002 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This film has its moments. But, to buy into it, you have to suspend any knowledge about WW2, Nazi POW stockades or likely situations. The action focuses on Willis as the brooding leading officer in a POW camp, Colin Farrell is the law student pressed into becoming a defender for a Black Pilot wrongly accused of murder. What transpires is a Machiavellian game with the Commandant, well played by Rumanian Actor, Marcel Iures, with plots and subplots, motifs and counterplots. But, it really does not go anywhere. There are some nice twists at the end but the ending before the final credits I found to be cheesy and unsatisfying (I've always found it irritating to switch to an ending narrative when there was none to introduce the story). Viewers who like Willis will not be disappointed and Colin Farrell is sure to delight the ladies with his Irish good looks, dark "little boy" eyes and expressions. Cole Hauser, back from getting eaten by an alien in Pitch Black, makes a wonderful sleazy villain but the rest of the cast seems to walk through their parts. Also, Look for Joe Spano from NYPD in a bit part in the opening, but don't expect a lot from the rest of the show.


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