Hart's War

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Well-made and solidly acted, Hart's War is modestly compelling. However, the movie suffers from having too many subplots.

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Lieutenant Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell) is a second year law student who is enlisted as an officer's aide in World War II due to his father's political pull. When he is captured and thrown into a German prisoner of war camp, top ranking Colonel William McNamara (Bruce Willis) assigns him to defend Lieutenant Lincoln Scott (Terrence Howard), a black POW accused of murdering a fellow white prisoner.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Willis
Colonel William A. McNamara
Colin Farrell
Lt. Thomas W. Hart
Terrence Howard
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
Cole Hauser
Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford
Marcel Iures
Col. Werner Visser
Linus Roache
Capt. Peter A. Ross
Rory Cochrane
Sgt. Carl S. Webb
Michael Weston
Pfc. W. Roy Potts
Vicellous Reon Shannon
Lt. Lamar T. Archer
Scott Michael Campbell
Cpl. Joe S. Cromin
Billy Ray
Screenwriter
Terry George
Screenwriter
John Katzenbach
Writer (Novel)
Wolfgang Glattes
Executive Producer
Alar Kivilo
Cinematographer
Lilly Kilvert
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Critic Reviews for Hart's War

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  • Feb 04, 2013
    Hart's War is a brilliantly crafted World War II drama that's thrilling and powerful. The film follows the story of a German stalag where the American POWs hold a court-martial after there's a murder of a fellow soldier; however, during the course of events defense council Lt. Hart starts to suspect that there's more going on than a simple trail and that there's a great game being played between the German commander and the American POW leader. The cast is led by Bruce Willis, Colin Ferrell, and Terrence Howard, who all give strong performances. Additionally, the directing is especially good, particularly in creating intense and suspenseful scenes that are enthralling. Composer Rachel Portman also provides a moving and powerful score. Compelling and thought-provoking, Hart's War examines the character of men in the most trying of times.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2012
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  • Oct 20, 2010
    Hart's War is a very interesting and intriguing Thriller set during the Second World in a POW camp. Hart's War may not be a perfect film, but it dies manage to keep you entertained throughout. Helmed by director Gregory Hoblit, who is a very underrated and talented director, Hart's War is a well acted film with a good enough story. Many reviewers complain that it's a courtroom drama, well no shit, it is in a way. Theres nothing wrong with that, and I found the second half of this film to be quite good. Obviously Hart's War is not a perfect film, theres way too many flaws to count, but the way I see it, is it's an entertaining dramatic thriller with typical Hollywood elements to make the film more appealing to a wider audience. This film is not meant to be realistic in any way, it's just pure entertainment. Simple as that. The film boasts a decent cast of actors, and along with Phone Booth, this is Colin Farrell's best film, I'm not really a fan of his work, but in these two films he's very good. Overall, Hart's War is a pretty good dramatic Thriller, it may try to be too dramatic at times, but it's still a pretty good film worth watching. One of more interesting aspects of this film the numerous twists that unfold throughout, I found them quite thrilling, and you never get an idea of what really is going on till the very end. Before dismissing this film, give it a shot; for me it's a strong 6 out of 10. The actors playing the characters are well suited and just with the idea in mind that a "law student is assigned to defend a black prisoner accused of murder" should give the potential viewer a heads up that this will venture into courtroom drama territory. It's not the best film setting, granted, but it's certainly not the worst. A good enough film to watch on a rainy day.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2010
    Best WWII prison movie since "The Great Escape"
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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