Hart's War

MGM Released 2002



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Movie Summary

Gregory Hoblit

When Col. William McNamara is stripped of his freedom in a German POW camp, he's determined to keep on fighting even from behind enemy lines. Enlisting the help of a young lieutenant in a brilliant plot against his captors, McNamara risks everything on a mission to free his men and change the outcome of the war.


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Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Absorbing in a low-key way but more dramatic where its secondary characters are concerned than its leads, and capped by climactic incidents that are less than entirely convincing.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Less fascinating and finally unsatisfying is the awfully familiar racism angle, a subplot that, though unusual in a POW movie, turns regrettably earnest and preachy almost immediat...

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Wants to be everything and adds up to nothing. "War" is a film that tries to excel on several levels and falls flat on all of them.

    Bruce Willis

    Bruce Willis

    Col. William A. McNamara

    Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell

    Lt. Thomas W. Hart

    Cole Hauser

    Cole Hauser

    Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford

    Michael Landes

    Michael Landes

    Maj. M.F. Giannetti

    Terrence Howard

    Terrence Howard

    Lt. Lincoln A. Scott

    Sam Worthington

    Sam Worthington

    Cpl. B.J. 'Depot' Guidry

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • 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.

      • The P-51 Mustang planes strafing the rail yard are not carrying any bombs when they launch their attack. Then as the POWs escape from the rail carriages, the P-51s suddenly start dropping bombs.

      • The German guards are shown carrying K98k rifles that lack sight hoods or cleaning rods. The lack of these features indicate that they are weapons that were captured by the Soviets during WWII, and were then stripped after the war in the re-arsenaling process.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (5)

      • Production budget -  $70,000,000
        Domestic gross - $19,077,641 (109th)
        Worldwide gross - $32,287,044 (107th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $26,794,071
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $45,346,348

      • Other production companies:
        Cheyenne Enterprises
        David Foster Productions
        David Ladd Films

      • Filming locations:
        Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
        Milovice, Nymburk District, Czech Republic
        Prague, Czech Republic
        Zvoloneves, Czech Republic

      • Taglines:
        1. Beyond Courage, Beyond Honor.
        2. Heroes Are Measured By What They Do.
        3. Germany 1944. For some the war has ended. For colonel William McNamara, it has not ended. For Lieutenant Thomas Hart... It has just begun.

      • Music:
        Deutschland Uber Alles
        Performed by The Musikkorps Liebstandarte-SS 'Adolf Hitler'
        Written by Charles F. Calhoun
        Performed by Benny Goodman
        Written by Irving Berlin
        Performed by Tommy Dorsey
        Lili Marlene
        Written by Norbert Schultze, Hans Leip and Mack David
        Performed by Perry Como
        Blue Horizon
        Written by Sidney Bechet
        Performed by Sidney Bechet and His Jazzmen
        Die Fahne hoch!
        Performed by The Musikkorps Liebstandarte-SS 'Adolf Hitler'
        Mood Indigo
        Written by Barney Bigard, Irving Mills and Duke Ellington (as Edward Ellington)
        Performed by The Duke Ellington Band
        Written by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
        Performed by Sidney Bechet
        Der Fuehrer's Face
        Written by Oliver Wallace

    • ALLUSIONS (0)

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