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Fort McCoy (2014)



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Most people don't know that 425,000 German soldiers were brought to U.S. prisoner of war camps during W.W.II. One of them was Fort McCoy.... Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction) gives one of his most powerful performances as Frank Stirn, who moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1944. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife (Kate Connor, playing her real-life grandmother). Her Catholic sister (Lyndsy Fonseca, Kick-Ass) falls for a Jewish soldier (Andy Hirsch, The Chicago 8) haunted by the battle of Monte Cassino and the death of his best friend (Matthew Lawrence, Mrs. Doubtfire). Camryn Manheim (Happiness) is their audacious friend who encourages the couple, while Seymour Cassel (Rushmore) is the priest who cannot. Frank's daughter befriends a German prisoner boy during this magical summer, but war still finds its victims even thousands of miles from the battlefields. (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kate Connor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 2014
Box Office: $78.2k
Monterey Media - Official Site


Eric Stoltz
as Frank Stirn
Kate Connor
as Ruby Stirn
Lyndsy Fonseca
as Anna Gerkey
Andy Hirsch
as Sam Dolnick
Brendan Fehr
as Sergeant Dominic Ros...
Seymour Cassel
as Father Mivkovek
Johnny Pacar
as Texas Slim
Matthew Lawrence
as Dan Griffin
Mark Metcalf
as Mr. Gerkey
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Critic Reviews for Fort McCoy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

If the film has a major flaw, it's the profusion of subplots in a 100-minute running time. Still, it is a real accomplishment.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

"Fort McCoy" is an obvious labor of love. That doesn't make it a good movie, but it's a nice sentiment all the same.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The period details are so lovingly burnished in this uneven, if heartfelt, feature that for a while they threaten to overpower the story, which delves gently into a rarely explored aspect of the war.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A heartfelt, personal film with great performances aims for the stars and falls back to earth.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An old-fashioned, appealingly sentimental drama about homefront life during WWII.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Top Critic

Writer and co-director Kate Connor's debut feature "Fort McCoy" is an example of what happens when you try to shoehorn as many topics and themes from WWII as you can into one movie.

Full Review… | August 23, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Fort McCoy


"Fort McCoy" is an obvious labor of love. That doesn't make it a good movie, but it's a nice sentiment all the same.

It was a great story and was done fairly well. I felt like I was watching a play more than a film. However I enjoyed the movie and I'm glad I when's to see it.


This clearly means a lot to Kate Connor, who wrote, co-directed and stars as her real-life grandmother, but that's not a plus for we filmgoers. This is mostly treacly mush, poorly scripted and plotted, relying on cliched devices to push the narrative and leading to a hysterical climax, in which the father goes mano-a-mano with a Nazi officer. The narrations drips with syrup, and the music joins in, too. There's a great story buried in here somewhere; it would have been nice to see a good writer and director tackle it.

Scottt French

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