Hart's WarFebruary 15, 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.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.2/10 (25,472 voted)
Critic's Score: 49/100
Stars: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard
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.
Writers: John Katzenbach, Billy Ray
Col. William A. McNamara
Lt. Thomas W. Hart
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford
Col. Werner Visser
Capt. Peter A. Ross
Vicellous Reon Shannon
Lt. Lamar T. Archer
(as Vicellous Shannon)
Pfc. Dennis A. Gerber
Capt. R.G. Sisk
Scott Michael Campbell
Cpl. Joe S. Cromin
Sgt. Carl S. Webb
Pvt. Bert D. 'Moose' Codman
Maj. Joe Clary
Pvt. Daniel E. Abrams
Pfc. W. Roy Potts
Germany 1944. For some the war has ended. For colonel William McNamara, it has not ended. For Lieutenant Thomas Hart… It has just begun.
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Release Date: 15 February 2002
Filming Locations: Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,907,413
(17 February 2002)
Did You Know?
The whole Super 35 film was scanned by a Spirit Datacine at "2K" resolution (1920*1459 actual pixels, over sampled by 1/15 to true 2K) and digitally color-graded at Cinesite LA. The film was then digitally squeezed and output by Cineon Lightning laser recorders to anamorphic inter-negatives for release printing.
When we first see Lt. Thomas W. Hart at the map board he is wearing Captain's bars. These change in the next scene to the correct insignia.
[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.
Hart's War or McNamara's Band?
If one were to place too great an emphasis on many of the smug and
self-serving views expressed by various contributors here, it may well
appear somewhat of an enigma that HART'S WAR still rates 6.3 overall.
Obviously many who have voted have not posted a review. Equally obviously,
to offset its many detractors…a significant number of people must have
liked it. I'm one of them!
Let us agree immediately, anyone looking for a sequel to THE GUNS OF
NAVARONE can expect to be disappointed. A screen adaptation of John
Katzenbach's excellent novel, this late WW2 flick tackles racism, POW life
and honor…and not necessarily in that order. A re-hash of the plot is
unnecessary as every second reviewer has covered this aspect. It is a film
to LISTEN to and to take from it what you are able. Negative comments such
that the events portrayed are "unlikely," that Bruce Willis isn't the
"star," that "nothing happens except lots of people keep talking," are a sad
indictment of viewers with a limited attention span. A lot of what is
uttered during the "court-room" sequences has great relevance in all facets
of life – IF you care to listen. Farrell is excellent as is Willis in what
admittedly IS a far smaller role. Willis' presence however is felt
throughout the movie in much the same way as was Jack Nicholson's in A FEW
GOOD MEN. (Another military court room flick)
Yes its longish and it would be fair to say it is extremely dark for the
greater part of the film. It is ultimately though a worthwhile addition to
other POW films. You could do a lot worse.