Monuments Men [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2014]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (805 out of 853)

Special Features


  • George Clooney's mission
  • Marshalling the troops

Synopsis


The Monuments Men
Cowriter and director George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art. With war raging in Europe, the Nazis have managed to plunder some of the biggest art collections on the continent. As the Third Reich begins to topple, the German army receives explicit orders that in the event of Adolf Hitler's death, they are to destroy every work of art in their possession. Determined to prevent 1000 years of culture from going up in flames, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt approves a proposal by Frank Stokes (Clooney) to form a task force comprised entirely of art experts to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and ensure they are returned to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of modern weapons or warfare tactics, the ragtag squadron has their work cut out for them. Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin also star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • George Clooney
    George Clooney - Frank Stokes
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - James Granger
  • Bill Murray
    Bill Murray - Richard Campbell
  • John Goodman
    John Goodman - Walter Garfield
  • Jean Dujardin
    Jean Dujardin - Jean Claude Clermont



Customer rating

4.4
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Preserve and protect the world's greatest art

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    Wizard
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    George Clooney directed this movie, and stars as George Stout, the man who puts a mission together to preserve, and protect the world's greatest art. The Group is named 'The Monument's Men' who are sent on an almost impossible mission as they risk their lives, in a race against time to avoid destruction of the art, and return it to their rightful owners. The art is trapped behind enemy lines, with the German Army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell. This movie is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, as the artistic Masterpieces are planned to be rescued from German thieves. The movie portrays a dark spot in history that covers the screen with explosive action, as the tension increases during 'mission impossible.' Some of the team members gave a superb acting performance: Matt Damon; Bill Murray; John Goodman; and Cate Blanchett were fantastic. The entire cast grabbed your attention with the roles they played, and sound effects were excellent. The compelling story was informative and historic, with an incredible setting that grabs your attention immediately. Overall, this movie is packed with drama, and action until the end. Interesting, entertaining, great acting, and worth an Oscar. I haven't seen a good historic movie in a long time, one I could rave about. This intriguing movie filled the gap, and was totally satisfying. Highly recommended to all those who enjoy history movies, and war stories!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyed with family

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    Dude
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    The movie's best quality is its willingness to be real about the heroes' prospects and illustrate how hard it is to make a moral or philosophical case for their mission when millions have already died. When a field officer informs Clooney's Frank Stokes that even though a particular church contains significant art, they'll still bomb it if Germans decide to use it as a hiding place, you understand in practical terms where he's coming from, because the lead-up to this conversation took you to the beach at Normandy, post-D-Day, then past many bombed-out cityscapes. "The Monuments Men" presents its heroes as mice skittering through the margins of history, trying not to get stepped on. They're mostly too old or out-of-shape to be effective soldiers, and they're aware that the combat troops they pass in the field would support their mission only to the point where they had to choose between saving a Picasso and getting shot.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than what I expected

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    coachtim
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    Unlike some of the reviews that I read dissing the movie, "The Monument Men", I must say that I enjoyed the film and thought it was worth my purchase. Often times, I evaluate a DVD purchase on whether I will ever watch it again. I will watch this movie again. As expected, actor/director George Clooney is a solid lead. As always, I enjoyed John Goodman and Bill Murray and, even though it's kind of a throwaway role, I thought Matt Damon did a nice job with his character. One of the true stars, however, was the little-known (at least to me) British actor Hugh Bonneville who was a nice surprise. Based on actual events, war movie fans should find plenty to like in "The Monument Men".

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable movie

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    bwhami
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    The movie was based on the book of the same name. The film tells the story of a small group of men who were recruited to find and help restore stolen art work. During WWII the Nazi’s “borrowed” Looted really, hundreds of thousands of works of art, (paintings & sculpture), books, furniture and jewelry from Museums and private family collections, mostly Jews all over Europe. The movie has a great cast of characters, based on the real people who were involved, staring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Kate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman. The producers added some action and drama that did not really take place, but it is still a very good moive. I found it very enjoyable

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good film adaptation of an incredible story

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    JNJNJN
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    The movie is based on a book about a basically forgotten story from World War II: a group of art experts in the army who worked tirelessly (and often alone) to save the art treasures of European nations from destruction by the war, and also strove to find stolen artwork and treasures. While they obviously had to change and condense parts of the book to fit into a movie's run time, I thought this was a very faithful adaptation of the story, and if you read the book, you can identify traits of the real Monuments Men that were used to create the fictional characters in the movie. Well-made movie with good special features. Quality visuals and audio. Well worth buying.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Should've Been A mini-series

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    condogg
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    Adapted from a richly detailed book about the Allied art preservation effort during World War 2, The Monuments Men struggles to decide the type of movie it wants to be. Having read the book, I was expecting The Monuments Men to be a cross between an adventure movie like The Da Vinci Code and a fun war movie like Stalag 17 or The Dirty Dozen but got a strange mixture of heist movie, 40s propaganda movie, and light war story. While enjoyable and worth a purchase for fans of WW2 movies or any of the actors within, the repeat watch value of this movie would make it a rental in my book. I would recommend this to a friend, albeit with the caveats of my previous sentence.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good historical war film.

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    100NativeTexan
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    This film was snubbed by critics and the Oscars. It is a very good heartfelt drama about men in trying times doing something good for mankind. It is a film that shows you don't have to have nudity, special effects, big summer action blow up, etc... to make a good film. When I saw this film in the theater on opening weekend the whole audience applauded at the end during credits. Deserved more attention from the critics. The film kind of reminded me of movies from the golden era of cinema in the black and white days when there were no special effects and actors gave performances with feelings.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More for history buffs than action fans

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    EdwndKnnor2
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    This film is loosely based on the non-fiction book, "The Monuments Men", by Robert M. Edsel. It brings to light a part of history, which most likely, not many have ever heard about. But a TV series might have been a better vehicle for the "monuments men" stories than a feature film. The film is episodic and poorly structured and its good intentions are hampered by its lack of pace, direction, tone and properly fleshed-out characters. I would still recommend seeing the film - if for no other reason than to learn a little more history than you thought you knew.

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