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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Bruce Willis ... Col. William A. McNamara

Colin Farrell ... Lt. Thomas W. Hart

Terrence Howard ... Lt. Lincoln A. Scott

Cole Hauser ... Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford

Marcel Iures ... Col. Werner Visser

Linus Roache ... Capt. Peter A. Ross

Vicellous Reon Shannon ... Lt. Lamar T. Archer (as Vicellous Shannon)

Maury Sterling ... Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber

Sam Jaeger ... Capt. R.G. Sisk

Scott Michael Campbell ... Cpl. Joe S. Cromin

Rory Cochrane ... Sgt. Carl S. Webb

Sebastian Tillinger ... Pvt. Bert D. 'Moose' Codman

Rick Ravanello ... Maj. Joe Clary

Adrian Grenier ... Pvt. Daniel E. Abrams

Michael Weston ... Pfc. W. Roy Potts

Jonathan Brandis ... Pvt. Lewis P. Wakely (scenes deleted)

Joe Spano ... Col. J.M. Lange

Sam Worthington ... Cpl. B.J. 'Depot' Guidry

Brad Hunt ... Pvt. G.H. 'Cookie' Bell
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Cpl. D.F. Lisko
Tony Devlin ... Pvt. Donald W. West

Michael Landes ... Maj. M.F. Giannetti
David Barrass ... Maj. Hans Fussel

Gary Gold ... McNamara's Aide

Danny Babington ... Pvt. S.T. Engler
Holger Handtke ... Maj. Johann Wirtz
Grey Williams ... Pvt. R.S. Croutch

René Ifrah ... Pvt. T.S. Krasner
Steve Sarossy ... Lt. M.K. Adams
Rocky Marshall ... Capt. Robert M. Swann

Christian Kahrmann ... MP Sergeant

Jim Boeven ... MP Sergeant

Dan van Husen ... Boxcar Sergeant
Georg Vietje ... Morning Guard
Lukás Kantor ... Cranky Corporal
Jakub Zdenek ... Delousing Private
Jan Nemejovský ... Spike Guard
Jan Marsík ... Tower Sentry
Bohumil Svarc ... Nighttime Appel Guard
Jirí Maria Sieber ... Kooler Guard (as Jirí M. Sieber)
Dugald Bruce Lockhart ... Capt. Lutz (as Dugald Bruce-Lockhart)
Richard Kardhordó ... Barracks 27 POW
Jan Jakubec ... Lowly Guard
Karel Belohradský ... Guard
Jan Tesarz ... Guard
Radek Kuchar ... Guard
Martin Kohout ... Guard
Vladimír Kulhavý ... Guard
Martin Cízek ... Guard
Alan T. Ward ... Barracks 22 Officer
Stephen Fisher ... Barracks 22 Officer
Dan Brown ... Barracks 22 Officer (as Daniel Fleischer-Brown)
Peter Varga ... Russian POW
Jan Dostál ... Russian POW
Vít Herzina ... Russian POW
Michael Beran ... Pvt. Pugh
Joel Sugerman ... Unnamed GI
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ted Hollis ... German Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Hoblit 
Writing credits
John Katzenbach (novel)

Billy Ray (screenplay) and
Terry George (screenplay)

Produced by
Stephen J. Eads .... associate producer (as Stephen Eads)
David Foster .... producer
Wolfgang Glattes .... executive producer
Patricia Graf .... associate producer
Gregory Hoblit .... producer
David Ladd .... producer
Arnold Rifkin .... producer
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
Film Editing by
David Rosenbloom 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jessica Horáthová 
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
Art Direction by
Martin Kurel 
John Warnke (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Patrick Cassidy 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Beraldo 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... key makeup artist
Melissa Lackersteen .... makeup artist
Ivana Nemec .... hair stylist (as Ivana Nemcova)
Radek Petr .... hair stylist
Gerald Quist .... makeup artist: Bruce Willis (as Jerry Quist)
Rene Stejskal .... special makeup effects artist
Milan Vlcek .... key hair stylist
Eva Vytlelová .... key makeup artist
Michael White .... key hair stylist
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist: Bruce Willis (as Marlene Williams)
Production Management
Wolfgang Glattes .... unit production manager
Ales Komárek .... executive in charge of production
Ondrej Nerud .... production manager: second unit
Ondrej Slama .... production manager
Petr Splichal .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (as Jeffrey Steven Authors)
Darrin Brown .... second second assistant director
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Petr Drozda .... assistant director
Oldrich Mach .... first assistant director: second unit
Jirí Ostry .... first assistant director
Douglas Plasse .... second assistant director (as Doug Plasse)
Frantisek Rezek .... second assistant director
David Rosenbloom .... second unit director
Jan Strasik .... assistant director: second unit
Janet Zdyb .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jakub Berdych .... stand-by painter
Steve Brennan .... on-set dresser
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
David Gulick .... property master
Tomas Hais .... set dresser
Pavel Hemmy .... lead man
Klara Holubova .... props interpreter
Roman Illovsky .... assistant art director
Dita Lampová .... set designer
Tomás Lehovec .... stand-by props
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist
Zdenek Maska .... construction foreman
Jirí Matolín .... construction coordinator
Stefan Mily .... set dresser
Cesar Orozco .... propmaker
Marketa Puzmanova .... assistant art department coordinator
Barbara Sandberg .... art department assistant (as Barbara Bryndova)
Iva Vacková .... construction foreman
David Voborsky .... assistant art director
Jiri Zucek .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Chris Barron .... digital sound transferer (as Christopher Barron)
Jessica Bellfort .... assistant supervising sound editor (as Jessica Rankin)
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer (as Stephen Boedekker)
Steve Boeddeker .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephen Boedekker)
Karen Brocco .... dialogue assistant
Lindakay Brown .... dialogue editor
Tim Burby .... digital sound transferer
Lisa Chino .... assistant supervising sound editor
John Countryman .... digital sound transferer
Chris Dibble .... sound engineer
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Simon Geanuer .... assistant sound engineer
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transferer
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Joanna Laurent .... foley editor (as Joey Laurent)
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Krysten Comoglio)
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley mixer
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Colin O'Neill .... assistant sound effects editor
Steve Pellut .... assistant sound engineer
Steve Romanko .... sound
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Renee Russo .... client services
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
Robert Shoup .... foley editor (as Bob Shoup)
Jan Skala .... cable person
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Erich Stratmann .... sound effects editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Cary Weitz .... boom operator
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr supervisor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue supervisor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
George Peterson Jr. .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jaroslav Kolman .... special effects technician
Martin Kubricht .... special effects crew
Martin Kulhánek .... special effects technician
Martin Oberlander .... special effects technician
Pavel Sagner .... special effects coordinator
Jaroslav Stolba .... special effects foreman
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital colorist: Cinesite
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor
Jeff Christopherson .... digital imaging engineer
Chadd B. Cole .... pre-visualization
Clay Dale .... visual effects
Vince Di Meglio .... pre-visualization
Victor DiMichina .... imaging supervisor: Pixel Magic
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Harry Eisenstein .... pre-visualization
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Mike Hardison .... CG supervisor: Pixel Magic
Bonnie Kanner .... executive producer: Pixel Magic
Christopher Keith .... visual effects coordinator: Los Angeles (as Christopher L. Keith)
Kevin Kipper .... digital artist
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite
George Macri .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
James Madigan .... visual effects location assistant: Prague
Michelle Massie .... visual effects production manager
Don Mccoy .... digital artist
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Sal Migliore .... assistant colorist
Brad Moylan .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Patrick Murphy .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Terry Naas .... visual effects artist
Daniel Naulin .... digital effects artist (as Dan Naulin)
Ray Scalice .... general manager: Pixel Magic
Payam Shohadai .... visual effects supervisor: BWVFX
Neal Sopata .... digital artist
John T. Van Vliet .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin VanHook .... pre-visualization
Juan Carlos Vargas .... visual effects (as Juan Vargas)
Todd Vaziri .... compositing supervisor: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic [us]
Steve Wright .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Chris Zapara .... digital artist
Jim Gorman .... 3D modeler (uncredited)
Fred Jimenez .... 2D technical assistant (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: checking & retouching, Cinesite (uncredited)
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Petr Drozda .... additional stunt coordinator
Rene Hajek .... stunts (as Renné Hájek)
Romana Hajkova .... assistant stunt coordinator
Petr Hnetkovský .... utility stunts (as Petr Hnetkovsky)
Jan Holicek .... stunts
Jiri Horky .... stunts
Jirka Horký .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts (as Jindra Klaus)
Ladislav Lahoda .... additional stunt coordinator
Robert Lahoda .... stunts (as Robin Lahoda)
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunts
Ivan Mares .... stunts
David Motl .... stunts
Pavel Myslik .... stunts
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunts
Jaroslav Psenicka .... stunts (as Jarda Psenicka)
Jiri Simberský .... stunt double
Jirka Simberský .... stunts
Leo Stransky .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Arnautov .... gaffer
Radek Beran .... video assist operator
Václav Cermak .... rigging gaffer
Milan Chadima .... director of photography: second unit
Karel Charvat .... dolly grip
Murray Close .... still photographer
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip (as Andy Crawford)
Gary Dagg .... key grip (as Gary L. Dagg)
Klaus Fuxjäger .... camera operator
Jiri Gazda .... second company grip
Ivo Gresak .... grip
Jiri Horych .... electrician
Lukas Jaromersky .... rigging electrician
Igor Jelen .... rigging gaffer: second unit
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera (as Jimmy Jensen)
Borivoj Klecka .... best boy
Filip Majer .... camera loader
David Mamula .... video assist operator
Antonin Marik .... first assistant camera (as Antonín Marík Ack)
John Marzano .... aerial director of photography
Sebastian Meuschel .... camera operator
John J. Moers .... cinematographer: Super 16mm documentary crew
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... second assistant camera
Jan Rehanzl .... grip: Czech Republic
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Nick Shuster .... second assistant camera
Glyn Williams .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (as J. Glyn Williams)
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting: UK
Kelly O'Brien .... casting associate
Nicole Sage .... casting assistant
Horst D. Scheel .... additional casting: Germany
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting assistant
Tricia Wood .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... costumer
Iva Bártová .... costumer
Jirina Eisenhamerova .... costumer
Miroslav Fantys .... costumer
Vera Mirová .... costume supervisor
Dan Moore .... key costumer
Katerina Polanska .... costumer (as Katerina Polanská)
Ladislav Procházka .... costumer
Dasa Pávková .... costumer
Adrian Simmons .... costumer
Patricie Soptenková .... set costumer
Jitka Svecova .... costumer (as Jitka Svecová)
Dita Valentinova .... costume interpreter
Editorial Department
Julian Andraus .... assistant editor
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital film colorist
Jeremy Bradley .... apprentice editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Ben Oh .... editorial production assistant
Gregory Plotkin .... first assistant editor
Richmond Riedel .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
John Quinn .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Simon Changer .... score assistant engineer
Paul Englishby .... music arranger: song "Der Fuehrer's Face"
Gary Gold .... producer: song "Der Fuehrer's Face"
George Hamer .... orchestral contractor
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
David Snell .... conductor
Transportation Department
Zdenek Flídr .... transportation coordinator
Silvie Janculová .... transportation captain
Other crew
David Antol .... location assistant
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
Ota Bares .... animal trainer
Michael Buster .... dialect coach
Magda Chýlková .... first assistant accountant
Sarka Cimbalova .... accommodation captain
Hal Cook .... military advisor
Chris Cozens .... auricle operator
Hannah Davies .... assistant: Rachel Portman
Robert C. Doyle .... historical consultant
Edwin Dunkley .... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Megan Dunleavy .... assistant: David Ladd
Hana Duplinska .... assistant: Gregory Hoblit (as Hanka Duplinská)
Jakub Eliasek .... production assistant
Larry Garrison .... unit publicist
Martha Haight .... assistant: Arnold Rifkin
Ryan E. Heppe .... development executive
Veronika Horka .... production coordinator
Lenka Kadlecova .... production assistant
Ernestine Kahn .... dialogue coach
Jiri Kotlas .... production assistant
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
Nigel Lamb .... pilot: P-51
Robs Lamplough .... pilot: P-51
Mike Lane .... client services
Al LeBrun .... adr voice
Sean Mewshaw .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Petr Moravec .... managing director
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Marie Namai .... assistant: Gregory Hoblit
Eva Napolean .... client services
Gordon Ng .... client services
Carol Phiniotis .... screening coordinator
Lucie Pokorná .... assistant: Wolfgang Glattes
Lee Proudfoot .... pilot: P-51
Andrea Pugner .... location assistant (as Andrea Pugnerová)
Eda Raban .... caterer
Peggy Rosson .... accountant (as Peggy Ann Rosson)
Vladimir Seiml .... assistant location manager
Bill Silcock .... copyist
Katerina Silna .... assistant production coordinator (as Katka Silná)
Debra Silverman .... clearance
Greg Smith .... production assistant: re-shoot
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Mike Stokey .... technical advisor (as Michael Stokey)
Martin Supka .... first aid
Michael Swafford .... first assistant accountant
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Louise Weber .... assistant: Bruce Willis
Pierre Weidemann .... assistant: David Foster
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot

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Also Known As:
"Justice" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for some strong war violence and language
125 min
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One of the movie's credited writers, Billy Ray, reports that he never read the novel, "Hart's War," which is the basis for the movie. In The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007) (V), he calls this revelation a "painful admission." But, he explains, by the time he came on the project, the screenplay had been through so many drafts that what was in the book itself did not matter much for his job of getting the screenplay to work. Ray says that one of the movie's producers, David Foster "constantly" sent him excerpts from the novel, advising him to include those particular things in the movie. But he implies that he felt no need to include something simply because it came from the novel. He then makes a point of saying he "admires" the novel's author, John Katzenbach and his father, Nicholas Katzenbach, whose time as a World War II prisoner of war was the basis of the novel. Ray explains further that he worked from the existing drafts and from the large amount of World War II research he did for the project, especially relying on the writing of Stephen Ambrose.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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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31 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
It's all Colin Farrell - you see him, hear his voice, from beginning to end, 5 May 2002
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

For what it's worth, I appreciate the film medium interpretation of a book's story, and not try to compare or expect how detail or more poignant the book's descriptions were. Viewing a film, audio and visually taking in the collaborative efforts of a film production is not the same as someone reading a novel. Reading also depends on the environment that you're in: while traveling with people around you, or being quietly by yourself. Reading is very much one person's own interpretation - as one reads, one can conjure up the possible sight and sound in one's mind and imagination. While in a cinema viewing a movie, we are exercising our senses - visual and audio - of what's presented on the screen. The experiences are uniquely different.

In HART"S WAR, Colin Farrell who portrayed Lt. Hart is very much front and centered, while Bruce Willis' role of Col. McNamara, his (humane) attributes are more subtle and from within - his aching insides from the years of war and isolation. There is the struggle/conflict of the war veteran vs. the clean cut affluent background of young Hart. We see Willis' McNamara's treatment with Farrell's Hart more evidently, but for McNamara himself, say the quiet scene where he visited the flyer in isolation waiting for trial - more imminent of death, we simply see him giving Lt. Scott a book; when Scott opens it, it's the New Testament. It is later while Hart's talking with Scott outside the trial room just before the closing arguments, that we learned the book was Scott's own, with a picture of him and wife and child kept within the Bible's pages. So off camera, we may gathered that McNamara must have silently gone through Scott's belongings and took that New Testament to Scott, with the understanding that Scott may find solace in seeing the family picture again and as most soldiers would, felt duty above all else.or would he? And Hart, representing Scott as his defending lawyer, would he let him? Such are the subtle layers to the storyline.

Director Gregory Hoblit's previous films were no simple Hollywood plots. They all require some mind stimulating thinking: 1996's "Primal Fear," the crime and lawyers film with Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and the fascinating debut 'hell' of a performance from Edward Norton; 1998's "Fallen", one devil of an intriguing storyline where Denzel Washington, along with Embeth Davidtz, tackling the many faces (Elias Koteas included) of the elusive Lucifer (music was by Tan Dun of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; 2000's "Frequency" was the mind-twisting time-bending drama of son and father team, Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid. Here in HART'S WAR again, there are no simple answers to the questions raised: moral dilemma, military honors, ravage and trying times of war and being POWs - no escape of endurance tests. It's a well produced film with fine cinematography of stark snowy scenes from Alar Kivilo (who also did "Frequency" with director Hoblit); score to this war film was complemented (unexpectedly) by British composer Rachel Portman; and performances by a talented cast. I did see "Stalag 17" and "The Great Escape" again, but my sense is "Hart's War" stands on its own, it's not really a humor filled "17" not an action packed "Escape" movie, it's more of a humane story at its core, offering an aspect of life's outlook, military or not.

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