Hart's War

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Overview

Based on the novel by John Katzenbach, author of Just Cause (1995), this prison camp drama combines elements of A Soldier's Story (1984) and the classic Stalag 17 (1953). Colin Farrell stars as Lt. Tommy Hart, a second-year Harvard Law School student who enlists to fight in World War II but ends up being taken prisoner by the Germans. When a murder at the Nazi-run Stalag Luft 13 leaves a black Tuskegee airman named Lt. Lincoln Scott (Terrence Dashon Howard) accused of the crime, high-ranking prisoner (and ...
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Overview

Based on the novel by John Katzenbach, author of Just Cause (1995), this prison camp drama combines elements of A Soldier's Story (1984) and the classic Stalag 17 (1953). Colin Farrell stars as Lt. Tommy Hart, a second-year Harvard Law School student who enlists to fight in World War II but ends up being taken prisoner by the Germans. When a murder at the Nazi-run Stalag Luft 13 leaves a black Tuskegee airman named Lt. Lincoln Scott (Terrence Dashon Howard) accused of the crime, high-ranking prisoner (and fourth-generation war hero) Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) persuades camp commandant Col. Werner Visser (Marcel Iures) to allow the prisoners to hold their own trial. Hart is recruited to defend his fellow officer, but as he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that not all of his fellow allied soldiers are fighting the same war and that his "client" may well have been framed. In the meantime, it becomes apparent that McNamara is using events to mask his true intent, a mission to destroy a nearby munitions plant that he still intends to carry out despite his incarceration. Hart's War (2002) co-stars Vicellous Shannon, Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, and Jonathan Brandis.
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Special Features

1080p HD resolution provides dazzling, unparalleled picture quality; Lossless audio delivers the purest digital sound available; Smart menu technology floats on-screen during playback so you never leave the film; Special Features:; Theatrical trailer in high definition
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Bruce Willis brings his instinctive authority to the role of an American colonel imprisoned by the Nazis in this edge-of-the-seat thriller, an effective commingling of elements from war movies, courtroom dramas, and murder mysteries. Based on a novel by whodunit specialist John Katzenbach, Hart’s War unfolds entirely within the confines of a German prisoner-of-war camp: New arrival Lt. Tom Hart Colin Farrell is assigned by commanding officer Colonel William McNamara Willis to defend an African-American pilot accused of killing a racist fellow inmate. Camp commandant Visser Marcel Iures, amused by the prospect of seeing American military justice in action, has sanctioned a trial -- but he is unaware that McNamara is using the sideshow to cover an elaborate sabotage plan. Director Gregory Hoblit Primal Fear initially steers the film as if it were just another prison-camp drama, but he shifts gears when the trial gets underway and it becomes apparent that the pilot might be innocent after all. Colin Farrell handles a demanding role with just the right measure of skepticism, but it’s Willis who dominates the screen with an understated turn as the crafty C.O., for whom the trial is just another chess move in a potentially deadly game with his brilliant, cynical Nazi counterpart. After getting off to a slow start, Hart’s War becomes a tense thriller that will bring you to the edge of your seat and keep you there. Willis and Hoblit supply a commentary for the DVD, which also includes deleted scenes, photo galleries, and theatrical trailers.
Hollywood Reporter
A well-made, solidly acted drama that essentially eschews louder actions in favor of fighting words. Michael Rechtshaffen
New York Observer
An exciting, thoughtful and adrenaline-pumping war picture that is provocative and different. Rex Reed

An exciting, thoughtful and adrenaline-pumping war picture that is provocative and different. Rex Reed
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 027616065537
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 33,988

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Col. William McNamara
Colin Farrell Lt. Tommy Hart
Terrence Howard Lt. Lincoln Scott
Vicellous Shannon Lamar Archer
Jonathan Brandis Waverly
Scott Michael Campbell Cpl. Joe Cromin
Marcel Iures Col. Werner Visser
Rory Cochrane Sgt. Carl Webb
Linus Roache Capt. Peter Ross
Cole Hauser Bedford
Michael Landes Maj. M.F. Giannetti
Michael Weston Pfc. W. Roy Potts
Sam Worthington Depot
Sam Jaeger Capt. R. G. Sisk
Adrian Grenier Pvt. Daniel Abrams
Sebastian Tillinger Pvt. Bert "Moose" Codman
Joe Spano Col. J. M. Lange
Maury Sterling Pfc. Dennis Gerber
Karel Belohradsky Guard
Ruaidhri Conroy Cpl. D.F. Lisko
Brad Hunt Pvt. G.H. "Cookie" Bell
Dan van Husen Box Car Sergeant
Jan Nemejovsky Spike Guard
Jan Tesarz Guard
Ladislav Lahoda Additional stunt coordinator
Jakub Zdenek Delousing Private
Stephen H. Fisher Barracks 22 oficer
Petr Drozda Additional stunt coordinator
Rocky Marshal Capt. Robert M. Swann
Michel Beran Pvt. Pugh
Danny Babbington Pvt. S.T. Engler
David Barrass Maj. Hans Fussel
Jim Boeven M.P. Sergeants
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Capt. Lutz
Martin Cizek Guard
Tony Devlin Pvt. Donald W. West
Jan Dostal Russian POW
Daniel Fleischer-Brown Barracks 22 officer
Gary Gold McNamara's Aide
Holger Handtke Maj. Johann Wirtz
Vit Herzina Russian POW
René Ifrah Pvt. S.T. Engler
Jan Jakubec Lowly Guard
Christian Kahrmann M.P. Sergeants
Lukas Kantor Cranky Corporal
Richard Kardhordo Barracks 27 POW
Martin Kohout Guard
Radek Kuchar Guard
Vladimir Kulhavy Guard
Jan Marsik Tower Sentry
Rick Ravanello Maj. Joe Clary
Steve Sarossy Lt. M.K. Adams
Jiri M. Sieber Kooler Guard
Joel Sugerman Unnamed GI
Bohumil Svarc Nighttime Appel Guard
Peter Varga Russian POW
Georg Vietje Morning Guard
Alan T. Ward Barracks 22 officer
Grey Williams Pvt. R.S. Croutch
David Snell Conductor
Technical Credits
Gregory Hoblit Director, Producer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Jill Avery Costumes/Costume Designer
Iva Bartova Costumes/Costume Designer
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Cassidy Set Decoration/Design
Milan Chadima Cinematographer
David Foster Producer
Stephen Eads Associate Producer
Terry George Screenwriter
Wolfgang Glattes Executive Producer
Patricia Graf Associate Producer
Jessica Horvathova Casting
Bonnie Kanner Executive Producer
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Martin Kurel Art Director
Melissa Lackersteen Makeup
David Ladd Producer
Dita Lampova Set Decoration/Design
Olda Mach Asst. Director
Pixel Magic Animator
Sebastian Meuschel Camera Operator
Fantys Miroslav Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Murphy Choreography
Ondrej Nerud Production Manager
Jiri Ostry Asst. Director
Dasa Pavkova Costumes/Costume Designer
Katerina Polanska Costumes/Costume Designer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Jerry Quist Makeup
Billy Ray Screenwriter
Arnold Rifkin Producer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
David Rosenbloom Editor
Monty Rowan Camera Operator
Adrian Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Smith Casting
René Stejskal Makeup Special Effects
Jeb Stuart Screenwriter
Jitka Svecova Costumes/Costume Designer
Tricia Wood Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hart's War
1. Main Titles/Privilege
2. Ambush
3. Interrogation
4. Transport
5. POW
6. Behind the Gates
7. Questioning
8. New Barracks
9. More Prisoners
10. Crowded House
11. Bread Winners
12. Spiked
13. Lost Transmission
14. Crash Landing
15. Liar
16. Crime Scene
17. Railroaded
18. Acting Attorney
19. Rigged Trial
20. Suprise Assistance
21. Called Out
22. Colonel to Colonel
23. Smudges
24. Lt. Scott Speaks Up
25. Colonel on the Stand
26. Discovery
27. Case Solved
28. Honor
29. Closing Arguments
30. Sacrifices
31. Deep Understanding
32. End Credits
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Menu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Style of War Movie

    I enjoyed this movie at some points. I liked how this movie concentrated more on a German concentration camp than on the real battles. Colin Farrell and Bruce Willis did ok but I was confused at some points. If you want a different kind of war movie, rent or buy this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    uh...no.

    Although the movie starts off with the promise of appeal it soons leaves such a path for one of confusion and sub-parness. I read the book and subsequently saw the movie, knowing that you can't expect the movie to be just like the book. What I didn't expect was that the only thing that would be the same was the names, word to the wise: if you read the book do not, I repeat, NOT see this movie. And if you haven't read the book, well, you're bound to be confused. Bruce Willis's character lacks substance(much unlike the McNamara in the book). And Colin Farrell fails miserably to give life to Tammy Hart. Not just as he was in the book but in anyway. The movie is mildly interesting but not enough to see again, ever.Overall a waste of potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good flick with twists

    I liked it. Plus it was refreshing to not see the Germans portrayed as totally ruthless and inhuman, as Hollywood typically does to them in WWII movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hart's war

    Seeming to be another typical WWII flim, yet it took another toll. It came to be a movie being filmed mostly in a P.O.W. camp and in the beginning about unity under crucial conditions within ''the belly of the beast.'' McNamara (willis) being deprived from war and isolated from aiding in the war efforts creates a way to escape. Throughout the movie, it has depictions of racism and segregation. This makes it a good film, burdens of fighting a war for freedoms from tyranny, yet segregation still exsists within the disoriented lines that separate who the enemy is. These tensions are the backbone of the film and makes it different from any other WWII movie. The yearning of truth and the awakening of conspiracy emboddies that of Hart (Farrell). Hart, a man filled with nieve issues of the war, protected by his father back home, he is filled with morals due to non-combatant situations. The viewer sees that Hart has to fight his own war not with a rifle in his hands, but through the usage of discussions, laws, and fluent beliefs of justice. This takes the story into twists and turns with misguided information that heads him back to square one and to a dead end until a confession emerges and spawns disloyalty and mistrust. The climax and best part of the film comes around the end. Filled with the question of,''What is honor and sacrifice?'' The luring question recieves an answer by McNamara. Through the two major actors and the music of the film, the viewer comes to notice the touching story through awed inspired moments.

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