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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 121
- Fresh: 72
- Rotten: 49
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: An earnest racial-issues picture that might have gotten respectful critical praise in a different era -- say, the '60s.
Rotten: We're situated in that familiar showbiz intersection of Hollywood and Rhine.
Fresh: An exciting, thoughtful and adrenaline-pumping war picture that is provocative and different.
Fresh: You'll get the enjoyable basic minimum. But not a whit more.
This one is so deceiving on so many levels. So paying attention is a must. A study in who is the good guy and who is not! Strong acting from all. A different role for Terrence Howard and the Nazi Commander is a joy to watch. Too many missed out on this one.
A new classic
This movie I think is one of Bruce's best and is a must see for anyone who likes the classic WWII movies like the Dirty Dozen or the Guns of Naverone.
Very interesting movie. Interesting how it shows that for some people the war didn't end for them once they were captured.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2002
- © 2002 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.