This movie is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.


Joseph Ruben


Jeff Stockwell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiel Huisman ... Ismail
Hera Hilmar ... Lillie
Josh Hartnett ... Jude
Ben Kingsley ... Woodruff
Haluk Bilginer ... Khalil Bey
Affif Ben Badra ... Christapor
Paul Barrett ... Mr. Rowe
Jessica Turner ... Mrs. Rowe
Peter Hosking ... Mr. Clemson
Selçuk Yöntem Selçuk Yöntem ... Melih Pasha
Eliska Slansky Eliska Slansky ... Aghavni
Hasan Say Hasan Say ... Ahmet
Deniz Kilic Flak Deniz Kilic Flak ... Zoya
Aysen Sümercan ... Aghavni's Grandmother
Murat Seven ... Leader


A strong-willed young woman, who, frustrated by on-going injustice at home, leaves the U.S. after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire. A world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become World War I. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.

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In a land on the brink of war the most dangerous place to be is in love.


Drama | War

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Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Josh Hartnett had a lead role in Pearl Harbor, which also a war and love triangle movie. See more »


The crowd voices at market and other scenes were in Arabic language, while the formal language at that time was Turkish. See more »


Jude: I've been visiting hospitals in various cities, catching up on the latest advancements in modern medicine.
Lillie: It's true. Medical science has been making some amazing advances. If only we could advance the thinking of the doctors.
Mr. Rowe: Lillie...
Jude: How do you mean, miss?
Lillie: Yesterday, a man was turned away from the hospital where I work because his skin was the wrong colour.
Mrs. Rowe: Dr. Gresham, I have to aologise for our daughter.
Jude: I assure you, Miss Rowe, no one has ever been turned away from our hospital due to colour of...
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A Triagle of Love in World War I
17 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1914, in Philadelphia, the wealthy and idealistic nurse Lillie Rowe (Hera Hilmar) learns in a lecture by Dr. Jude (Josh Hartnett) that there is an American medical mission founded by Dr. Garrett Woodruff (Ben Kingsley) in the countryside of the Ottoman Empire that needs donation. She decides to donate and deliver herself the truck that belonged to her deceased brother and medical supplies using her heritage. On the arrival, she stumbles upon the Ottoman Lieutenant Ismail Veli (Michiel Huisman) that helps her to visit a mosque. Lillie is forced by the government to be escorted by Lieutenant Ismail to drive to the mission and he is assigned to spy the local Armenians. Lillie works in the hospital and falls in love with Ismail while Jude suffers from unrequited love. Meanwhile the World War I begins and the mission is in the middle of the Ottoman Empire where the Russians are coming.

"The Ottoman Lieutenant" is a beautiful romance with a triangle of love in World War I. The cinematography is impressive; the direction is excellent; and the cast has great performances. The story could have used a less polemic and unpleasant background instead of the Armenian Genocide. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Amor em Tempos de Guerra" ("Love in Times of War")

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Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ottoman Lieutenant See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadocia, Turkey See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$149,830, 12 March 2017

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