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Fort McCoy (2011)

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A drama based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during W.W.II.

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Kate Connor (co-director), Michael Worth (co-director)

Writer:

Kate Connor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Frank Stirn
Kate Connor ... Ruby Stirn
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Anna Gerkey
Andy Hirsch ... Sam Dolnick
Camryn Manheim ... Florie
Seymour Cassel ... Father Mivkovek
Brendan Fehr ... Sgt. Dominic Rossi
Gara Lonning Gara Lonning ... Gertie Stirn
Johnny Pacar ... Texas Slim
Matthew Lawrence ... Dan Griffin
Mark Metcalf ... Mr. Gerkey
Marty Backstrand Marty Backstrand ... Lester Stirn
Margot Farley ... Delilah
Rene Heger ... Werner
Mara Connor Mara Connor ... Milli / Gertie Stirn Narrator
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Storyline

Frank Stirn (Eric Stoltz) moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1944. 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 German prisoner boy during this magical summer, but war still finds its victims even thousands of miles from the battlefields in rural America. Written by monterey media inc.

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Форт МакКой See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,070, 17 August 2014

Gross USA:

$78,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,948
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Marzipan Entertainment See more »
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Trivia

In the opening scenes, the shot of the barracks, is an actual shot of the real location. See more »

Goofs

The shirt and collar worn by the priest is a design that wasn't available until the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Lester Stirn: [Asking his older sister after buying some candy from Delilah] Why does her skin stick up?
Gertie Stirn: It's her bosom.
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Features Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) See more »

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Impressing the youth
11 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Kate Connor wrote and directed this affectionate and loving memoir of her family and the time they spent in Wisconsin at a place called Fort McCoy. Actually Camp McCoy, but I'll not quibble.

Clan patriarch Eric Stoltz comes to the camp to be a barber for the GIs, he's got a heart murmur and is a 4-F. The same thing knocked with malaria knocked Errol Flynn out of war service. It grates on him constantly, both in looking at the kids going overseas and those coming back dead and alive. Even the Germans and Japanese who were captured get a bit of envy for their service.

But wives and daughters also serve and the daughters form their own attachments to the soldiers, individually and collectively. Which brings me to the most poignant part of Fort McCoy. Young Gara Lonning entering puberty herself notices for the first time someone of the opposite sex. He happens to be Josh Zabel playing Heinrich who is a POW all of about 13 or so.

There's a famous newsreel film of Hitler giving a pep talk to some Hitler youth now impressed into service for the Fatherland. By 1944 I'm sure many were dead and many prisoners of war. The little innocent attraction of Zabel and Lonning will wet the eyes and the ultimate tragedy reduce you to tears.

Fort McCoy is a tale poignantly told and really should be seen to learn about how loss of innocence is too big a price for war.


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