The Monuments Men

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men
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


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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.

Nov 11, 2014
  • CedarSam rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

It's a terrible film, don't bother. Bad writing, directing, and editing. The story is so dumbed down and fragmented that is nearly meaningless. Watch "The Rape of Europa" instead, it's an absolutely gripping and beautifully produced documentary on the Nazi art thefts. GVPL has it.

Oct 31, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie has a real “oceans” feel to it, the way the characters interact with one another, the dialogue, the actions etc. Too bad it’s not as good. Nothing special here, very long and boring. Very hard to keep you attention focused in this movie. Not worth mentioning or recommending.

Oct 26, 2014
  • thislibrarysucksbad rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

One of the crappiest movies ever made. Boring and dumb. I'd rather watch grass grow in slow motion .

Oct 19, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was an okay movie, but, as usual, facts were messed with. There were people from 13 countries involved with the saving of the art, etc. If nothing else, this story shines light on a little known WW2 topic.

Oct 17, 2014
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Long and very boring.

Oct 16, 2014
  • rhvic rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

As is states at the start of the movie: "based on a true story". The book is MUCH BETTER and far more authentic. This movie is a contrivance and very disappointing after having read the truth first. Read the book and avoid the movie.

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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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