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
After working with Bruce Willis on this film, Director Gregory Hoblit has officially worked with Willis and Oscar Winner Denzel Washington who had worked together on "The Siege" in 1998, the same year that "Fallen" which was directed by Hoblit and starred Washington was released by Warner Bros. See more »
At the start of the movie the date is given as 16 December 1944, the day that the German Ardennes Counter-Offensive (aka The Battle of the Bulge) began. When Hart crashes his jeep as he speeds away from the MP's, he ends up in a gully with a large number of dead American soldiers. A road sign seen earlier in the scene indicates that this is supposed to be the men from the infamous Malmedy Massacre. Those murders of POW's didn't happen until 17 Dec 1944, the day after the battle began. See more »
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott:
You know how hard they tried to wash us out in flight school? the colored flyers, it was test after test, anything they can come up to turn us into the cooks, the drivers, the shit shovelers, but I refused to wash out, so did Archer, come hell or high water, we hit the books, we were determined not to spend the war being some niggers, with all due respect, sir I'd like to exercise my right to address this court, I've been sitting down ever since I got here and I should've said when you ...
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Written by Sidney Bechet
Performed by Sidney Bechet and His Jazzmen
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Good if not great
I don't know what y'all are complaining about: this is a good movie! It has fallen pray to mismarketing like so many good films before. Farrell is good (he'll be BIG soon, mark my words), Marcel Iures fills the screen with his presence and performance. Willis however, I must admit, play Willis. But hey; I like him for what he is.
The plot is well thought out, intelligently blending the lines between the war- and the courtroom genre. Don't tell me you anticipated every twist in the plot.
For all it's worth; the movie was very different in a great way from all war movies in last couple of years. Different in quite a smart way, too.
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