Fort McCoy

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Kate Connor (co-director), Michael Worth (co-director)
Production: Monterey Media
  11 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Metacritic:
47
Rotten Tomatoes:
50%
R
Year:
2011
100 min
$78,196
Website
15 Views


Good morning.

Hello, Mr Stirn.

Follow me, I'll show

you where your cabin is.

Okey dokey.

When I was nine years old,

My family moved from the banks

of the Mississippi river,

To the woods of Wisconsin.

It was the summer of 1944.

The war was being fought in

faraway places like Italy

And new guinea, and my family

wanted to help here at home.

My father was a barber, and we

were headed to the army base

And prisoner of war

camp called Fort McCoy.

There, he would cut the hair

of soldiers and prisoners,

And these strangers would

change our lives forever.

Through the fence

I saw prisoners.

Some were just boys,

not much older than I.

And others looked like no

one I'd ever seen before.

Sargent Dominic Rossi.

My wife Ruby, Gertie, Lester,

and my wife's sister Anna.

Ma'am.

And please call me Dom.

And if you folks

ever need anything,

I'm posted at the mp gate.

I didn't realize the prison

camp was going to be so close.

I was surprised to see them out.

Work detail.

And don't worry, ma'am,

they are well guarded.

How many are there?

We have about 3,000 Germans and

all the japs captured so far,

Including Sac Machi,

the first PW of the war.

Why are they bringing

the Germans all the way

To the states?

England ran out of room.

Plus, they wanted them here

because of all the rumors.

What rumors?

That Hitler was planning

on air-dropping weapons

To the German PWs in England.

They've been bringing

over every German captured

Since November of '42.

Let's go find Goldilocks.

It's all so much

bigger than I expected.

We always have around

35,000 of our guys in basic,

All ready to ship out.

So we definitely

appreciate having

A new barber on the base.

Glad to be of

service, in some way.

And a new operator.

It was nice meeting you, sir.

My pleasure, miss.

Do you think there might

be some work for my sister?

Travel pay office

always needs help.

I'll look into it.

Thanks.

I have to pee.

Then go.

There you are.

You all right?

Fine daddy.

Don't be running off like

that, you scared your mamma.

And your daddy.

What were you doing?

I had to pee.

There's a toilet in the house.

Darling, they're

going to love it here.

My dad fought for

Germany in the great war.

Before he came over.

He thought Kaiser was bad.

Now Hitler, Nazis,

something else.

I've got cousins over in

Germany, for all I know.

And why the japs

took their side?

My brother signed up the

day pearl harbor got bombed.

He got killed in Italy.

I'm sorry.

Herb got sent to the

south pacific, though.

My wife's brother bud

got sent there too.

Hey, I hope herb makes it back.

My dad's taking care of

the farm all by himself.

My dad tried to sign up twice,

but they said he can't fight.

But he's so strong,

he can lift me

And my sister in the

air at the same time.

Why don't you take your

brother over to the PX,

Get yourselves a treat?

OK daddy.

I'm, uh, 4-f. I've

got a heart murmur.

Sorry.

I need a bus ticket to

Chicago for the weekend,

And petty cash for three days.

Grab his file, honey.

Put his furlough pass in it.

Then you've got to type

up a travel pay voucher,

Get it over finance.

And then a bus voucher,

and get it processed.

And the tickets

will be sent here.

OK?

Oh great, first day?

It's her first client too, you

got a problem with that, bud?

OK, Sam Dolnick.

Aren't you violating

some child labor law?

I'm 18.

OK, that's it.

You'll just have to come back

once it goes through finance.

OK, well I'm leaving

tomorrow, so, uh.

Now we'll just

take that and put it

At the bottom of the stack.

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