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HART'S WAR

 
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At Theaters: 2/15/2002 On Video: 7/9/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 5 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 389909
Studio: MGM Pictures
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Col. McNamara is imprisoned in a German POW camp, as the camp's highest-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy. Never relinquishing his duty as a soldier, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy.

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Drama - Not your typical war movie. In fact, there are only a couple of actual war scenes and they are quite short. This movie consists mainly of lots of talking. If you enjoy courtroom dramas you will probably enjoy "Hart's War."

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Cast and Crew Heading
Bruce Willis BANDITS, UNBREAKABLE, THE KID
Colin Farrell AMERICAN OUTLAWS, TIGERLAND, PHONE BOOTH
Terrence Howard GLITTER, ANGEL EYES
Cole Hauser TIGERLAND, PITCH BLACK
Marcel Iures MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
Linus Roache THE WINGS OF THE DOVE
Director: Gregory Hoblit FREQUENCY, PRIMAL FEAR
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About the Production
Setting Up Camp
Life In A POW Camp
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 11 F-words, 3 GD's and 8 S-words. Only a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some male nudity in a prison camp.
VIOLENCE: Some graphic war time violence is shown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Only a couple of war scenes.
COMEDY: None
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "It's an old-fashioned movie with a quaintly old-fashioned lesson to teach us. Think ''The Bridge on the River Kwai'' as written by the committee to renominate Al Gore.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Hart's War works uncommonly well because of the effective manner in which it blends together its various elements: the WW2 prison camp setting, the courtroom aspects, and the issues of honor, racism, and redemption. This is one of those war movies that focuses on human interaction rather than battle and action sequences, and it's all the stronger because of it.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "The movie worked for me right up to the final scene, and then it caved in. Bowing to ancient and outdated convention, director Gregory Hoblit and writers Billy Ray and Terry George put the plot through an awkward U-turn so that Willis can end up as a hero.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "..this uneven mix of courtroom theatrics and WWII drama wears its high-mindedness like a purple heart. ..the film never really engages; it always feels as though it's about to take off, only to sputter to yet another halt for a stagy monologue articulating the story's underlying themes.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 206 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Fairly High
79%
13-19Teens (F)
10
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
35
Fairly High
86%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
29
High
93%
30+Adults (M)
60
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
58
High
93%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As I predicted, these are some mixed opinions and the majority are towards the low end. When you see such a low percentage of "Fantastic" opinions and a high percentage of "Very Good" and "Good/Avg." opinions it tells you that people enjoyed the movie, but certainly didn't love it. Most however indicated that they would recommend it to friends. This includes most of those giving the somewhat low opinions, so they didn't think the movie was too bad.

If after reading the detailed opinions this sounds like a movie you might enjoy, by all means SEE IT! I'm confident that you will enjoy it, at least to some degree, and you may really enjoy it, as some did.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
First, let me say, THIS IS NOT A WAR MOVIE! There are only a few war scenes. Most of the movie takes place in a prison camp and deals with racial issues. It's a slow paced drama with lots of dialog that some may find boring. I thought most of the movie was just ok, but fortunately the ending was good and helped make it a movie worth seeing. However, it's not a movie that I can highly recommend. I predict it will receive very mixed opinions with most of them being on the low side.

If your taste in movies runs close to that of critics, you probably have the best chance of enjoying this movie, since most critics gave it good reviews.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Fourth generation military Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) is imprisoned in a German POW camp. Still, as the camp's highest-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, ever-watchful eye of German Col. Werner Visser (Marcel lures). Never relinquishing his duty as a soldier, 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 German guards distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell). 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 men and his country.
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