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Hart's War

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

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Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

HART'S WAR

 

 

This change-of-pace war film takes place near the end of the war. It's not about body counts and bullets, instead it's an engaging courtroom murder drama set in a P.O.W. camp in Germany and questions racism, honor, loyalty and hatred.

Bruce Willis is not top dog in this picture, but his character stood out by what he did at the end.

It's not a rah rah go America movie, but it has some suprising heart.

Hart's War is an enigma. It leads you through a maze of red herrings and deceit--from Bruce Willis' cryptic performance to the paradoxical Yale-schooled commandant.

Nothing is quite what it seems to be and the inconsistent storyline doesn't help.

Prisoner of war film? Courtroom drama or mans discovery of himself? It has a hard time deciding.

Rich portrayals bogged down in a world of depressing imagery and subterfuge.

Hart's War is set almost entirely in the last days of World War II in a German P.O.W. camp for Americans.

The movie is promising and engaging, but suffers plot lapses and little action. This old-fashioned war story holds some suspense but has many confusing parts.

The advertising campaign for this picture is completely misleading. Bruce Willis doesn't play the title character, despite his top billing.

The film is as much a cat and mouse game and a courtroom drama as it is a war saga.

I didn't like the ending. The plot skids and takes a turn around then caves in so that Bruce Willis can end up the hero.


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