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Hart's War (2002) Poster

(2002)

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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."

This is probably intended as a reference to the "Monty Python" skit about "the deadliest joke in the world" (the one that makes people die laughing when they hear it) - it is supposedly the Germans' attempt to create an equally deadly joke.
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.
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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), 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.
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According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the service number given by Lieutenant Hart (1841287) was issued in 1952 to a Korean War veteran named Carlos Armendariz and was not in fact issued to any officer during World War II.
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Alfonso Cuarón was once on board to direct this film. However he stepped away from the director's chair and did Y Tu Mamá También (2001) instead.
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Edward Norton and Tobey Maguire were both in talks for the lead role, but both eventually dropped out.
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Former teen heartthrob Johnathon Brandis hoped to revive his stalled career after being cast in a serious, dramatic role in the film. He was reportedly devastated when almost all of his scenes were removed in the final cut. He fell into a deep depression, began drinking heavily, and killed himself the next year.
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The whole Super 35 film was scanned by a Spirit Datacine at "2K" resolution (1920*1459 actual pixels, over sampled by 1/15 to true 2K) and digitally color-graded at Cinesite LA. The film was then digitally squeezed and output by Cineon Lightning laser recorders to anamorphic inter-negatives for release printing.
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Bruce Willis also appeared with Cole Hauser in Tears of the Sun (2003).
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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.
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