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  • Summary: In the summer of 1944, Frank Stirn (Eric Stoltz) moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife (Kate Connor, playing her real-lifeIn the summer of 1944, Frank Stirn (Eric Stoltz) moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife (Kate Connor, playing her real-life grandmother). Her Catholic sister (Lyndsy Fonseca) falls for a Jewish soldier (Andy Hirsch) haunted by the battle of Monte Cassino and the death of his best friend (Matthew Lawrence). Their audacious friend (Camryn Manheim) encourages the couple, while the local priest (Seymour Cassel) cannot. Frank's daughter befriends a young German prisoner during this magical summer, but war still finds its victims even thousands of miles from the battlefields. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    Aug 14, 2014
    70
    If the film has a major flaw, it's the profusion of subplots in a 100-minute running time. Still, it is a real accomplishment.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 14, 2014
    60
    Connor and co-director Michael Worth allow Fort McCoy to proceed at an unhurried pace, giving Stoltz ample opportunity to subtly convey undercurrents of guilt and anger percolating beneath his character’s affable exterior.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 14, 2014
    50
    The period details are so lovingly burnished in this uneven, if heartfelt, feature that for a while they threaten to overpower the story, which delves gently into a rarely explored aspect of the war.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    There are some compelling elements here, probably too many for one film, but they're too often presented in a cliched way. Connor and co-director Michael Worth go for the easy sentiment, the expected route, leading to middling results.
  5. Reviewed by: Karsten Kastelan
    Aug 14, 2014
    50
    Although many of the subplots play nicely, they take away from the main thrust of the film: a tightly knit family living so close to the enemy, who rarely is seen and never understood. So this is relegated to a footnote in favor of story lines that, while wholesome, are neither dramatic nor cinematic.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Aug 14, 2014
    25
    Overstuffed yet trite and empty, Fort McCoy attempts to mix heavy drama, slapstick comedy and romance all in the wrappings of a coming of age tale set in the summer of 1944, but flounders on all fronts, resulting in a picture that offers a rather naive and simplistic view of the murky territory between good and evil.

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