Bruce Willis stars as an imprisoned officer who refuses to give up his fight to defeat the Nazis in this “absorbing” (Roger Ebert) WWII adventure. Co-starring Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and packed with “crisp action sequences” (Los Angeles Times), Hart’s War is a powerful and “stirring tribute to soldierly courage and honour” (L.A. Daily News).
When Col. William McNamara (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 (Farrell) in a brilliant plot against his captors, McNamara risks everything on the most perilous operation of his careers - a mission to free his men… and change the outcome of the war.
On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific, taking over islands one by one in a slow progression towards mainland Japan.During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were able to break coded military, dramatically slowing U.S. progress.
In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee - a Navajo code talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he's to "protect the code at all costs." Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code? The Navajo code was the only one never broken by the Japanese, and is considered to have been key in winning the war.
Colin Farrell (Hart’s War, Minority Report) garnered a Best Actor award from the Boston Society of Film Critics for his star-making performance in this riveting, action film from acclaimed director Joel Schumacher. Just released from the base stockade, brash, charismatic recruit Roland Bozz (Farrell) joins a platoon of young soldiers preparing to ship out to Vietnam. Bozz’s independence and outright defiance draws fire from his own men as well as commanding officers who can’t afford conflict in the middle of a war. But when the platoon is sent to Tigerland, a hellish training ground that is the last stop before Vietnam, Bozz’s leadership and character brings his men together - triggering extraordinary consequences.
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