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Hart's War

A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.

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Released: Feb 15th, 2002
Budget: N/A
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Rating: R
Runtime: 125 Minutes
Genres: Drama / War
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Hart's War Main Cast

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Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
plays Col. William A. McNamara
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
plays Lt. Thomas W. Hart
Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
plays Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
Cole Hauser
Cole Hauser
plays Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford
Marcel Iures
Marcel Iures
plays Col. Werner Visser
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The song being played by the band during the musical is "Der Fuehrer"s Face", an Academy Award winning anti-Nazi song by Spike Jones and His City Slickers that used flatulence-resembling sound effects.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): At the start of the movie the date is given as 16 December 1944, the day that the German Ardennes Counter-Offensive (aka The Battle of the Bulge) began. When Hart crashes his jeep as he speeds away from the MPs, he ends up in a gully with a large number of dead American soldiers. A road sign seen earlier in the scene indicates that this is supposed to be the men from the infamous Malmedy Massacre. Those murders of POW's didn't happen until 17 December 1944, the day after the battle began.
  • Edward Norton and Tobey Maguire were both in talks for the lead role, but both eventually dropped out.
  • One of the movie's credited writers, Billy Ray, reports that he never read the novel, "Hart's War," which is the basis for the movie. In The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007) (V), he calls this revelation a "painful admission." But, he explains, by the time he came on the project, the screenplay had been through so many drafts that what was in the book itself did not matter much for his job of getting the screenplay to work. Ray says that one of the movie's producers, David Foster (III) "constantly" sent him excerpts from the novel, advising him to include those particular things in the movie. But he implies that he felt no need to include something simply because it came from the novel. He then makes a point of saying he "admires" the novel's author, John Katzenbach and his father, Nicholas Katzenbach, whose time as a World War II prisoner of war was the basis of the novel. Ray explains further that he worked from the existing drafts and from the large amount of World War II research he did for the project, especially relying on the writing of Stephen Ambrose.
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