Hart's War

Set within the Nazi concentration camp, Stalag Luft 13, Lt. Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell), a Harvard law student before enlisting, must defend an African-American Tuskegee airman accused of murder in a camp trial held by his fellow American prisoners.

  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard
  • Director(s): Gregory Hoblit
  • Producer(s): Warhart Productions/David Ladd Films
  • Screenwriter(s): Billy Ray
  • Distributor: MGM Studios
  • Animal Coordinator: Fauna A Film Praha
  • Release Date: Friday, February 15, 2002
  • Rating: Believed Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

The guard dogs at the concentration camp were all local dogs that were acclimated to the cold and snowy weather. Actors were instructed to walk the dogs from point A to point B, and trainers cued the dogs from off-camera to bark. When the dogs were not acting, they resided in comfy kennels inside of a heated building on location.

In one scene, a rat appears in the latrine with Lt. Hart. The trainer set the rat on its mark and stood off-camera holding up a treat to prompt the rat to sit up in the brief scene.

A horse and cart also show up at the camp. The trainer hooked the horse to the cart and stood off-camera while an experienced driver directed the horse into the camp.

One of the soldiers holds a cat. A trainer gave the cat to the actor, who held it as he lay on his bed. The trainer retrieved the cat from the actor after the scene was complete.