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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.

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Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber
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Pvt. Bert D. 'Moose' Codman
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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

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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 »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En defensa del honor  »

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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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Trivia

Bruce Willis also appeared with Cole Hauser in Tears of the Sun (2003). 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

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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Soundtracks

Idaho
Written by Charles F. Calhoun (as Jesse Stone)
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A different WWII POW movie.
7 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I thought Hart's War was an excellent movie. It touched a lot of areas, and was very entertaining. Much better than We Were Soldiers (which was pretty unrealistic - - most of the soldiers in Vietnam were young guys barely out of kidhood who did NOT have wives) or Black Hawk Down (a standard horrors-of-war movie). This movie was thought-provoking and had plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. Have to read the book, now.


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