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Fort McCoy (2011)

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A drama based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during W.W.II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Stirn
Ruby Stirn
Anna Gerkey
Sam Dolnick
Father Mivkovek
Sgt. Dominic Rossi
Gara Lonning ...
Texas Slim
Dan Griffin
Mr. Gerkey
Marty Backstrand ...
Margot Farley ...
Mara Connor ...
Milli / Gertie Stirn Narrator


Frank Stirn (Eric Stoltz) moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1944. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife (Kate Connor, playing her real-life grandmother). Her Catholic sister (Lyndsy Fonseca) falls for a Jewish soldier (Andy Hirsch) haunted by the battle of Monte Cassino and the death of his best friend (Matthew Lawrence). Their audacious friend (Camryn Manheim) encourages the couple, while the local priest (Seymour Cassel) cannot. Frank's daughter befriends a German prisoner boy during this magical summer, but war still finds its victims even thousands of miles from the battlefields in rural America. Written by monterey media inc.

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Rated R for some violence

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Форт МакКой  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,070, 15 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$73,678, 3 October 2014
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The vast majority of the filming in and around the home used is done at Norskedalen Heritage center near Coon Valley, WI. The home used is the Bekkum Farmstead constructed in 1862. There are no "filmed on location" credits for this at the end of the movie. See more »


The front gate at Camp McCoy was two field artillery pieces framed in stone gateway sections. Not a wooden shack. See more »


Lester Stirn: [Asking his older sister after buying some candy from Delilah] Why does her skin stick up?
Gertie Stirn: It's her bosom.
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A Heartwarming Story
30 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Fort McCoy is one of those smaller films that pretty much slipped through the cracks of audience exposure but was deserving of more attention. Stars Eric Stoltz and Kate Connor give very decent performances along with the entire cast. And because the film is based on a true story related to Connor, its significance is amplified. It's probably a safe bet that few people know much about WWII POW camps that operated in the U.S., and that in itself is enlightening. It's also beautifully filmed and well produced for its relatively modest budget. Even the score is well done. Connor proves to be a very competent actress we should hope to see more of. It's also nice to see Cameron Manheim in a modest role.

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