Fort McCoy


Fort McCoy

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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 Site

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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 Rossi
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

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  • 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.

    Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A heartfelt, personal film with great performances aims for the stars and falls back to earth.

    Aug 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An old-fashioned, appealingly sentimental drama about homefront life during WWII.

    May 12, 2011

    Joe Leydon

    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.

    Aug 23, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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