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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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Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Amusing, and about an important event. Accuracy?

Aug 14, 2014
  • SeaWolf97 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

disappointed. slow,tedious . Sanitized as if Disney made it
Almost like a big cigarette commercial , the enemy will talk as long as you give them a free smoke :(
Poor detail, big gaps , most actors were wasted.
No suspense or even how they recovered.
Privates roaming around Europe during a war , unimpeded, walking into hordes of stolen art ?

The main theme/question "is art worth a life" ? really deep.

Aug 12, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was good, loved the cast. Really interesting to learn about this part of the war.

Aug 11, 2014
  • blacksheep_95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I hate war movies, and yet I not only watch them I feel compelled to watch them. This story was good, the humor was subtle and tasteful. You connected with the characters.

Aug 11, 2014
  • badgirls rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This movie feels old fashioned and I found that appealing-it has it's good guys and bad guys. The cast is a bit uneven and some characters are hardly developed. The story of how a crew of art historians, curators, architects etc. became soldiers and went to Europe near the end of the Second World War to try to save art looted by the Nazi's is fascinating. It also tries to answer the question is art worth a human life? A better question might have been, how can we understand history and culture without it's art? Anyways it's worth watching not only for the history but perhaps to also think about the role of culture in our busy modern lives? How do we define ourselves in this age of ever changing technology?

Aug 10, 2014
  • sudog rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Watch the Rape of Europa..it is more factual..
Not sure about the "Hollywood" add-ons. Guess they will lose money on a movie with the big named actors.
The good thing about it is that it reminds the current generation of what happened then..

Aug 06, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

From what I had heard about this movie, I thought that I would hate it, but it wasn't so bad. Not a great movie by any means, but not as terrible as I had heard. It was a bit slow and could have used some editing. I liked the touch at the very end where Nick Clooney (George's dad and Rosemary's brother) plays Frank Stokes as an elderly man.

I was looking forward to this movie, with its great cast and subject, but I was disappointed. I actually did not finish it because I found it too slow and it did not grab me.

Agree with a lot of the comments. Probably historically accurate. Not a bad film, just a bit slow.

Jul 28, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sorry to say but I was disappointed in this movie. Even with all the fine actors and Kate Blanchett, it was sorely lacking in "zip" or something (I see other folks have made similar comments). I am sorry this was not a more well-done film as I think the work these people did was very important and is a story that needs to be told. I was not only disappointed in teh main movie but was also disappointed that all we got to see about the real people in this group was a few photos as the ending credits rolled. I would have enjoyed learning what happened to each of them after the war and if any of them are still living. If you like this type of film, be sure to see "Ghost Army"-it is much more well done and very exciting. Also totally true!

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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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