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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iures
  • Directors: Gregory Hoblit
  • Producers: Gregory Hoblit, David Ladd, David Foster, Arnold Rifkin
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JG1I37G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,871 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When Colonel William McNamara (Bruce 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 (Colin Farrell), McNamara risks everything on a mission to free his men... and change the outcome of the war.


Hart's War is a serious, well-intentioned Second World War drama. It's finally unconvincing, but it will go down in the history books as marking future superstar Colin Farrell's first leading role in a major studio picture. It's late 1944 and Lieutenant Hart (Farrell) ends up in a POW camp where the senior American officer, Colonel McNamara (Bruce Willis), takes an instant dislike to him. When a black American officer, Lt Scott (Terrence Howard), is accused of murder, the commandant allows McNamara to conduct a politically motivated trial. Hart is made the defence attorney, but may be no more than a pawn to further McNamara's own agenda.

In a film that chooses the ironic setting of a Nazi prison camp to examine racism in the American military, none of the characters are black or white, and in the tradition of The Shawshank Redemption there is more going on beneath the surface than meets the eye. Unfortunately, while Hart's War is extremely well made, various small plot holes and contrivances mean that ultimately it fails to ring true--a problem exacerbated by an over-earnest tendency to preach in key scenes. Nevertheless, Willis gives one of his best, most understated performances and Farrell, who went straight from this to Minority Report, delivers a truly star-making turn.

On the DVD: Hart's War comes to DVD with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that's fine for a dialogue-driven film, while the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 transfer is virtually flawless. Ten deleted scenes are presented with the same excellent picture quality and optional commentary by director Gregory Hoblit. There is a four-part photo gallery, the deceptive theatrical trailer and two commentaries. Producer David Foster offers some interesting information, but also a lot of generalities and silence. Bruce Willis contributes virtually nothing, but Hoblit and writer Billy Ray engage in a frank discussion of many of the flaws in the film and the problems they never solved. The wartime history they recount and the cuts they made suggest that a better film was sacrificed to tell a commercial story in two hours. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 8 July 2004
Format: DVD
WARNING: Do not watch the trailer for "Hart's War" before you watch the film. I almost did that and changed my mind at the last minute, which was good because the trailer spoils 90% of the movie. I probably enjoyed the film more than I would have otherwise because I did not know what was up. It has been a while since I have seen a trailer do such a gross disservice to a film.
It will suprrise a lot of viewers that Bruce Willis is not the title character in "Hart's War." Willis plays Col. William McNamara, commanding officer of the American Troops at German Stalag VI A. Colin Farrell is Lt. Thomas Hart and who he is and how he came to be at this place is one of the first major pieces in the puzzle of what is happening in this film. But then a pair of black Air Corps pilots, Lt. Lincoln Scott (Terrence Howard) and Lt. Lamar Archer (Vicellous Shannon) enter the camp to a hostile reception from their fellow Americans. Meanwhile, the camp's Russian prisoners are doing forced labor at a bomb factory that the Allies think only makes shoes.
What we know about World War II films set in P.O.W. camps is that there is supposed to be an escape (e.g., "The Great Escape," "Von Ryan's Express"). What we do not expect is a court martial, but that becomes the event that starts to bring all the sub-plots together in this film (unless, of course, you made the mistake of watching that trailer). However, having created some momentum towards the conclusion it has carefully constructed, the film throws it away at the end, and not to some greater good. If this had happened after I had seen the trailer I would have been motivated to really trash this film because it would have been the proverbial adding insult to injury.
Willis's face was used to sell this film but Col.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 27 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
"Hart's War" is an atmospheric and moving second world war story that works fantastically well on a number of levels. One level it doesn't work at all, is that if you're expecting a action adventure romp with a vest wearing Bruce Willis then go and find something else to watch.
Captured and sent to a POW camp, Lt Thomas Hart (Colin Farrell) is the son of an American congressman who fully expected to spend "his war" behind a desk at headquarters. Ambushed whilst driving a fellow officer back towards the front he is captured and interrogated and final packed aboard a train crammed with hundreds of other POWs. On arriving at the camp he is welcomed by Col McNamara (Bruce Willis), the highest ranking prisoner and therefore in charge of the POWs. McNamara all but interrogates Hart on how he was captured and subsequently questioned and dissatisfied with the answers, assigns him to a bunk in with the non commissioned officers and other men. Days later two American pilots are also sent to the camp, nothing that unusual except that these two flyers are black and in a seeming act of racism by McNamara, they are also sent to live in Hart's hut. Subjected to general insubordination and hurtful racist abuse, it is still something of a shock when one of the pilots is "set up" on a charge or possession of a potential weapon and summarily executed by the German guards. When the supposed perpetrator of the "set up" is found murdered and the other pilot found crouched over his body, instant assumptions are made and a court martial is organised to try the pilot for murder.
There's plenty more twists and turns in store and all isn't what it seems as many of the characters have secret agendas that their actions do not give away.
As I say, the film does work on a number of different levels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
HART'S WAR the movie bears more resemblance to HART'S WAR the book than it does to its own trailers.
The ostensible leading role of this film is played by Bruce Willis as Colonel William McNamara, the ranking American officer in a German stalag for Allied prisoners towards the end of WWII. However, the primary character is arguably Lt. Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell), recently captured and interrogated before being deposited in the prison. Under relatively mild coercion by his Wehrmacht captors, Hart had pinpointed a crucial U.S. Army supply dump that was subsequently captured by the Germans during the 1944 Ardennes offensive, so Tommy's self-esteem is at low ebb. In any case, on the basis of Hart's two years of law school, McNamara assigns him to defend Lt. Lincoln Scott (Terence Howard), a Negro fighter pilot recently arrived in the camp and now to be courtmartialed for the murder of a fellow POW, the racist Staff Sgt. Bedford (Cole Hauser).
HART'S WAR the movie is part murder mystery and part courtroom drama. What it definitely isn't, as otherwise implied by its pre-release previews, is a Bruce Willis action flick. Perhaps that's why the film swiftly disappeared from the Big Screen - it was a bit more intelligent than the trailer-targeted audiences could bear.
While Willis plays second fiddle to Farrell, the most intriguing character is that of the German camp commandant, Col. Visser (Marcel Iures), a world-wise veteran wounded in the Great War now engaged in a battle of wills with the no-nonsense West Pointer McNamara. Is the help in case preparation Visser gives young Hart simply because both attended the same American university, or does it stem from a more hidden agenda? And what are those Russian POWs up to at that shoe factory next door? Also effective is Terrence Howard as Scott.
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