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The Monuments Men

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The monuments men
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures present a Smokehouse production ; screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov ; produced by Grant Heslov, George Clooney ; director, George Clooney
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2014
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Special features: George Clooney's mission; Marshalling the troops
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: 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
Distributor: [Culver City, Calif.] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2014]
Credits: Music, Alexandre Desplat ; costume designer, Louise Frogley ; editor, Stephen Mirrione ; production designer, Jim Bissell ; director of photography, Phedon Papamichael.
Performers: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital
Other Language: In English and dubbed French (Doublé au Québec); English, French, and Spanish subtitles; English and French (Doublé au Québec) descriptive audio tracks for people with visual disabilities
Subject Headings: Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section History Drama Art thefts Germany History 20th century Drama World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany Drama World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe Drama Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century Drama Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
War films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Topical Term: Art thefts
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art treasures in war
Cultural property
Publisher No: 42488 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Jul 20, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think this is probably an accurate historic representation, giving life to actual characters. For more high drama, watch the old movie Kelly's Heros. George Clooney has done a good job on this movie, good cast, its just a little slow.

Jul 17, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fun watching a great cast,.. but the subject deserved better. Before seeing 'The Monuments Men',.. check out the documentary 'The Rape of Europa',.. for the real deal.

Jul 12, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Slow and sometimes boring. Bill Murray has a nice little dramatic turn. Excellent cast seems wasted and scattered about the movie. However, when they are all in the same scene together, it's a joy to watch. Nice historical aspect to the film.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Frank60 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Is it a monumental achievement? No. However, it is fun and informative, with the appropriate touches of drama and suspense.

*** (spoiler alert)

The Christmas scene brought tears to my eyes.

I'd watch this movie over and over.

Jul 11, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Could it have been better yes but very good none the less fun look at WWII how to save history

Jul 10, 2014
  • smurray13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It had so much potential but was nothing but a disappointment.

Jul 08, 2014
  • PatrickT rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Disappointing. Flat and slow in parts. Didn't get carried along at all. Rather disjointed. A decent premise for a movie that was wasted. Some odd scenes that appeared to be time fillers.

Jul 03, 2014
  • jjd66 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good film, directed in classic style by George Clooney. He also co-wrote the screenplay. The cast is quite strong.

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

An important tale on the ruins of the European art world during WW II. However the film came across like a docudrama. While it is admirable to spar the audience the usual ugliness and gore of the war by providing only hints of the horrors and dangers, the events appeared sterile, actions lacked urgency and characters void of emotions.

Jun 27, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A little more punch to this story would have been great but a worth telling story nonetheless.

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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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