Hart's War

Hart's War

Gregory Hoblit (2002)

119min
15 Certificate
Fri 3 Jun 9pm - 11:20pm RTÉ2
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Having dominated the Vietnam War drama Tigerland, Colin Farrell again impresses in uniform as he defends a black pilot from a trumped-up murder charge in this workmanlike adaptation of John Katzenbach's novel set in a German PoW camp. Dispensing with combat action after the compelling cross-country opening, director Gregory Hoblit laudably concentrates on exposing the pernicious racism that existed within the US armed services during the Second World War. So the emphasis on courtroom drama rather than an escape subplot means this tale resembles A Few Good Men rather than Stalag 17, with too many key incidents occurring off-screen and therefore straining credibility. Nominal star Bruce Willis as the camp's senior American officer is underused and his characterisation pales significantly beside Marcel Iures's cultured Nazi commandant.

Summary

A law student fighting in the US Army is captured by German soldiers and sent to a prison camp, where the top-ranking American officer persuades him to defend a black airman accused of murder. However, it gradually becomes clear racial prejudice has played a part in the accusation, and his client may have been framed. Second World War courtroom drama, starring Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard.

Cast & Crew

Col William A McNamara Bruce Willis
Lt Thomas W Hart Colin Farrell (2)
Lt Lincoln A Scott Terrence Howard
Staff Sgt Vic W Bedford Cole Hauser
Col Werner Visser Marcel Iures
Capt Peter A Ross Linus Roache
Sgt Carl S Webb Rory Cochrane
Pfc W Roy Potts Michael Weston
Lt Lamar T Archer Vicellous Reon Shannon
Pte Daniel Abrams Adrian Grenier
Cpl BJ "Depot" Guidry Sam Worthington
Director Gregory Hoblit
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 May 2002

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