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The Monuments Men

(DVD)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men
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An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MONUMENTS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Clooney, George film director, screenwriter, producer, actor
Heslov, Grant 1963-, producer, screenwriter
Damon, Matt Actor
Murray, Bill 1950 September 21-, Actor
Goodman, John 1952-, Actor
Blanchett, Cate 1969-, Actor
Bonneville, Hugh Actor
Balaban, Bob Actor
Dujardin, Jean 1972-, Actor
Edsel, Robert M. (Monuments men)
Witter, Bret (Monuments men)
Columbia Pictures presenter
Fox 2000 Pictures presenter
Smokehouse Pictures (Firm) film production company
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm) film distributor

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Comment by: multcolib_susannel Jan 04, 2015

True story of the special task force assigned to find and save classic works of art from the Nazis.
Felt good to watch a war movie that makes you feel like cheering at the end instead of crying.


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Jan 15, 2015
  • Retired503 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie is an intriguing collection of actual events. The accuracy of the movie agrees with the printed book of the same title. Due to the length of the movie, only the highlights of actual events are presented. It this movie interests you, then you need to read the book for additional details.

Jan 13, 2015
  • gregarioushermit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an absolutely great movie. I loved it, inspiring, and shows courage and the need for Art in the world. And in our schools.

True story of the special task force assigned to find and save classic works of art from the Nazis.
Felt good to watch a war movie that makes you feel like cheering at the end instead of crying.

Jan 03, 2015
  • Iowakid rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The book was much much better.

Dec 30, 2014
  • jkovacs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

My husband and I enjoyed this very much. Thought it was a good movie about an interesting subject. I'm going to read the book as well.

Hollywood formula, big name stars, sketchy plot, big revenue. I felt sorry for Cate Blanchett in this role, she must be embarrassed

Dec 11, 2014
  • Vivica rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The material that they had to work with should have inspired a better script and final product - it was as if everybody phoned it in. It is no match for the classic Burt Lancaster film "The Train" about a similar Historic situation...but saying that...it does cover important History and on that basis should be watched.

The movie is entertaining as war movies go, however compared to the reality as chronicled in the book _The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History_ the movie is low grade. Read the book then watch the movie. If you watch the movie and do not read the book keep in mind that the movie has great gaps in continuity - historical and personal - that disconnects what actually happened with the Hollywood interpretation of what may have happened. If there be gods they will save us from the Hollywood screen writers and film directors.

I agree with what most people thought of this movie: that it is "dumbed down" and Cloonified. For some reason I expected it to be a more serious and historical rendering of the subject. It is not the worst movie I've ever seen, but I'll probably never watch it again, and will not recommend it to anyone.

Nov 13, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

They picked a great cast and that's what made this movie all the more enjoyable. That and the idea of bunch of academics, archivists, museum directors and the like working to preserve great masterpieces - the film focuses on art but there were books and other artifacts as well. Pushes my professional buttons like crazy - actually gasped out loud when some paintings and documents were incinerated. Is it going to go down as a classic? Doubt it (which is sort of sad but this really isn't that kind of a movie) but it's a very enjoyable film and it's very uplifting considering the subject matter.

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Jul 05, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

James: Well, if it weren't for us,
you'd be speaking German.

Claire: No. If it wasn't for you,
I might be dead.
But I would still be
speaking French.

Jul 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

President Truman: Michelangelo made it [the Bruges Madonna] right?
And you lost a man trying to save it.- Donald Jeffries. You think it was worth it, for a piece of art? Do you think Jeffries would say it was worth it, if he could speak?
Lieutenant: I think he would.

Truman: All right then, how about you, lieutenant? You were in charge, and this gets to the heart of the matter. Do you think 30 years from now, anyone's going to remember that these men died for a piece of art?
Lieutenant: Yeah.

Jul 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frank Stokes: You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they'll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants and that's exactly what we are fighting for.

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