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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Germany 1944. For some the war has ended. For colonel William McNamara, it has not ended. For Lieutenant Thomas Hart... It has just begun. See more »

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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  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$19,076,815 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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The song being played by the band during the musical is "Der Fuehrer"s Face", an Academy Award winning anti-Nazi song by Spike Jones and His City Slickers that used flatulence-resembling sound effects. See more »

Goofs

The movie depicts Stalag VIa as being located in the middle of a desolate valley near Augsburg, Germany. The real Stalag VIa was located on a hillside overlooking the city of Hemer, halfway across the country. See more »

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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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Die Fahne hoch!
Performed by The Musikkorps Liebstandarte-SS 'Adolf Hitler'
Courtesy of the Tomahawk Films WW-II German Archive
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Hart's War or McNamara's Band?
21 September 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

If one were to place too great an emphasis on many of the smug and self-serving views expressed by various contributors here, it may well appear somewhat of an enigma that HART'S WAR still rates 6.3 overall. Obviously many who have voted have not posted a review. Equally obviously, to offset its many detractors...a significant number of people must have liked it. I'm one of them!

Let us agree immediately, anyone looking for a sequel to THE GUNS OF NAVARONE can expect to be disappointed. A screen adaptation of John Katzenbach's excellent novel, this late WW2 flick tackles racism, POW life and honor...and not necessarily in that order. A re-hash of the plot is unnecessary as every second reviewer has covered this aspect. It is a film to LISTEN to and to take from it what you are able. Negative comments such that the events portrayed are "unlikely," that Bruce Willis isn't the "star," that "nothing happens except lots of people keep talking," are a sad indictment of viewers with a limited attention span. A lot of what is uttered during the "court-room" sequences has great relevance in all facets of life - IF you care to listen. Farrell is excellent as is Willis in what admittedly IS a far smaller role. Willis' presence however is felt throughout the movie in much the same way as was Jack Nicholson's in A FEW GOOD MEN. (Another military court room flick)

Yes its longish and it would be fair to say it is extremely dark for the greater part of the film. It is ultimately though a worthwhile addition to other POW films. You could do a lot worse.


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