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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

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Taglines:

Beyond Courage, Beyond Honor. 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Stalag IVa was a real prison camp, but in fact only held one American. The vast majority of the prisoners were Russians or Poles, with a few Frenchmen and Britons being interned there as well. See more »

Quotes

[Lt. Hart offers condolences upon learning that Col. Visser's own son was killed in action on the Russian Front]
Col. Werner Visser: I killed my share of French and English in the last war; All of *them* had fathers.
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Soundtracks

Blue Horizon
Written by Sidney Bechet
Performed by Sidney Bechet and His Jazzmen
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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If you're looking for a different kind of POW story . . .
18 February 2002 | by pbrugalettSee all my reviews

If you're looking for action in your war film skip this one. But if you don't mind an interesting drama about prejudice among Americans in a German POW camp, which although slow at times, leads to an interesting pay-off with a twist that (kinda) makes the whole thing worth it, then check it out. I especially enjoyed the subdued though "grizzled" looking Bruce Willis as Colonel McNamara and Marcel Iures as the camps' German commander.


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