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.


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

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


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