Harts War (Blu-ray)

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Bruce Willis stars as an imprisoned officer who refuses to give up his fight to defeat the Nazis in this "absorbing" (Roger Ebert) WWII adventure. Co-starring Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and packed with "crisp action sequences" (Los Angeles Times), Hart's War is a powerful and "stirring tribute to soldierly courage and honor" (L.A. Daily News).

When Col. McNamara (Willis) 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 (Farrell) in a brilliant plot against his captors, McNamara risks everything on a mission to free his men...and change the outcome of the war.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203520495
UPC 027616065537
UPC 14 00027616065537
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Nazis
Theatrical Release
World War II
WWII
Editors Note
Note Director Gregory Hoblit's debut feature was the tricky courtroom drama PRIMAL FEAR. With his fourth feature, HART'S WAR, Hoblit is back with another. This time the court is inside a WWII prisoner-of-war camp. The defendant is Lieutenant Lincoln Scott (Terrence Howard), a black officer accused of killing a racist sergeant (Cole Hauser). Scott's lawyer is Lieutenant Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell), a second-year law student at Yale. A U.S. senator's son, Hart was having a relatively easy war until he was captured, interrogated, and sent to Stalag VI. The camp commandant is the urbane, charming, and ruthless SS Major Visser (compellingly played by Rumanian actor Marcel Iures). The ranking American officer at the camp is Colonel William McNamara (Bruce Willis), and Hart is soon in conflict with him. When Scott is accused of murder, McNamara insists that the prisoners should hold a court martial, and he appoints Hart counsel for the defense. At the court martial, Hart finds his client is being railroaded, although he gets help from unexpected quarters. Intricately plotted by scriptwriters Billy Ray and Terry George, and filmed by Hoblit with his accustomed attention to detail, HART'S WAR is a devious and absorbing courtroom/POW drama.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] stolid and earnest military courtroom drama..." 02/15/2002 p.42-3
Total Film "...Farrell wins sympathy through his somber, thoughtful deliberations, a generously underplaying Willis brings gravitas, and Marcel Lures' commandant, Colonel Visser is a surprisingly rounded creation..." 05/01/2002 p.97
Chicago Sun-Times "...Absorbing....What makes it more intriguing is the sense that something else is going on underneath the action..." 02/15/2002 p.33
Directors
Gregory Hoblit
Actors
Bruce Willis
Colin Farrell
Cast & Crew
Adrian Grenier - Actor
Alar Kivilo - Cinematographer
Arnold Rifkin - Producer
Billy Ray - Screenplay
Bruce Willis - Actor
Cole Hauser - Actor
Colin Farrell - Actor
David Rosenbloom - Editor
Gregory Hoblit - Director
Joe Spano - Actor
John Katzenbach - Based On Novel By
Linus Roache - Actor
Rachel Portman - Original Music By
Rory Cochrane - Actor
Terrence Howard - Actor
Terry George - Screenplay
Wolfgang Glattes - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 106553
UPC 00027616065537
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review In some ways, Hart's War appears like just another WW2 prisoner of war movie - a genre that has given us classics like The Great Escape and Stalag 17 (not to mention "Hogan's Heroes"). But there's more to Gregory Hoblit's film than initially meets the eye. In addition to dealing with the ins-and-outs of surviving in a Nazi prison camp during the latter months of the war, the film confronts racism in the armed forces in a manner that, while not subtle, avoids seeming smothered in political correctness. Plus, as one would expect from a film that exists in this setting, it examines issues of honor and courage, and shows that there are many flavors of both...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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Colin Farrell, the young star of Joel Schumacher's powerful but hardly released "Tigerland" (2000), is a 26-year-old Dublin native obviously destined for stardom. He does a good job with the conflicted, anguished Lt. Hart, and Bruce Willis brings instinctive authority to the colonel. Marcel Iures, a Romanian actor, is sharp-edged and intriguing as the Nazi commandant...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. How and why he does so is ingenious, yes, but the ending gives the impression it is a solution when it is only a remedy.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Willis,Bruce
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
David Ansen, NewsWeek ...expertly plotted.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...lets us concentrate on emotions rather than explosions.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer A solid piece of storytelling...an epic of war...

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