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.
David Foster - Producer, began in early '70s, THE GETAWAY (1972) and (1994)
Terry George - Director/Screenwriter
Sam Worthington - BOOTMEN
Bruce Willis - American actor, THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
Billy Ray - Screenwriter--NOT the adult actor
Jonathan Brandis - American actor, LADYBUGS
Linus Roache - Actor/"Priest"
Rachel Portman - Composer
Gregory Hoblit - Director
Scott Michael Campbell - Actor
Michael Weston - Star, COYOTE UGLY (2000)
Cole Hauser - Actor
David Rosenbloom - Editor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001)
Arnold Rifkin - Producer
Alar Kivilo - Director of Photography
David Ladd - Actor/Son Of Alan
Colin Farrell - Irish actor, TIGERLAND/ALEXANDER
Terrence Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Terrence DaShon Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Rory Cochrane - Actor/"Dazed & Confused"
John Katzenbach - Author, HART'S WAR (2002)
"...[A] stolid and earnest military courtroom drama..." - 02/15/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-3
"...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 Total Film, p.97
"...Absorbing....What makes it more intriguing is the sense that something else is going on underneath the action..." - 02/15/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33