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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 Luftwafe vetran 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:

$8,907,413, 17 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,076,815, 19 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,209,403, 31 December 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Brandis played one of the privates but his lines were cut out of the movie. He is still in the movie, but only in a few shots. You can find his scenes on the "deleted scenes' of the DVD. 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

Col. Werner Visser: Strange thing about war wounds- the older you get, the less proud of them you become.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

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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Read the book.
18 February 2002 | by nvincentSee all my reviews

What a squandered opportunity.

Hart's War is yet another example of why movies rarely if ever live up to the book upon wich they are based. The novel of the same name by John Katzenbach is so clearly suited for the big screen it is almost frightening, and yet one has to wonder whether screenwriters Billy Ray and Terry George actually read the entire book or merely relied on cliff notes. The writers have taken an immensely engrossing tale of life in a German POW camp during WW2 and commercialized it with needless explosions and manipulative and improbable plot twists. The movie's thorough lack of character development hinders the best efforts of the actors (Bruce Willis, Collin Farrell, and Terrance Howard all do comendable work with the restrictive material they are given) to make the audience identify with them - resulting in an emotional climax that is supposed to evoke sympathy and respect but instead falls flat on its face. It is still beyond me why the makers of this film felt compelled to change the ending from the book - perhaps they feared it was too compelling and thought-provoking for their intended audience and felt obligated to dumb it down into as many cliche ridden speeches and improbable acts of courage and honor as possible. Whatever their reasons, the resulting lack of subtlety in this film is nothing less than insulting.

If I am being more harsh than other reviewers it is because I have read the book and know just what could have been accomplished. Do yourself a favor and read the book - it is far superior to this film or any other recent Hollywood offering.


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