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Hart's War (2002)

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.

Director:

Gregory Hoblit

Writers:

John Katzenbach (novel), Billy Ray (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Shannon ... Lt. Lamar T. Archer
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
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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 Luftwaffe veteran 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong war violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Hart's War Official WebSite

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En defensa del honor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,771,753, 17 February 2002

Gross USA:

$19,077,641

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,287,044
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The film alludes to the massacre of US troops at Malmedy. No one at the camp should have known about until much later as the film begins December 16, 1944 and the massacre occurred the next day. The bodies of the men who were massacred however, were not found for nearly a week after the event and it was just after the first of the year when the events of the day were known to the public. POWs in a camp would have no idea that this occurred at the time that it did, See more »

Quotes

Col. Werner Visser: Strange thing about war wounds- the older you get, the less proud of them you become.
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Soundtracks

Lili Marlene
Written by Norbert Schultze, Hans Leip and Mack David
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Doesn't give it all away but does give some hints
12 September 2002 | by hotdudepeteySee all my reviews

Having grown tired of the typical action packed glorified war films (Pearl Harbor for example), I sought out more of a human interest story. I wanted something that delved past the cliché romances, battle wounds, and graphic violence we have become accustomed to. To me, Hart's War exemplified exactly what others have failed to do. It was an inside glimpse into the lives of a WW2 POW camp, but more so. It dealt with the struggle for power, respect, and honor in an unlikely situation. The stellar performances by Bruce Willis and Marcel Lures stole the show away from the title character, Lt. Hart (played well by Colin Farrel). There are times when you don't know who the token hero or villain is, just by the way that each commands their region. If you missed this movie in theaters (as I am guilty of), easiest way is to catch it is on pay per view - it's still going to be running for a while. Enjoy!


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