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Was 'The Monuments Men' Inspired by 1963 Antiwar Drama 'The Victors'?

A few reviewers have described "The Monuments Men" as an old-fashioned wartime adventure, and I wouldn’t disagree with that appraisal. Keep in mind, though, that there’s more than one fashion that’s old. While some may liken it to a Hollywood crowd-pleaser of 1940s vintage, I thought Clooney's movie was structured and paced more like some episodic, star-studded international co-production of the 1950s or ‘60s. Oddly enough, there were times when it reminded me a lot of Carl Foreman’s 1963 anti-war drama "The Victors"
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • February 10, 2014 11:16 AM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'The Lego Movie ' Wins the Gold, 'Monuments Men' Settles for Silver

What Olympics? Led by a strong performance from "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.), this was the best non-holiday weekend of the year so far. The top ten grossed $136 million--$54 million and more than 60% better than last year--bringing the year to date increase to just under 9% so far.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 9, 2014 1:12 PM
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Berlin: The Longest Day for 'Monuments Men'

You certainly can’t blame Clooney and his band of merry men. Flanked by Matt Damon and Bill Murray, John Goodman and Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin, Clooney joked and smiled through a series of increasingly inane questions that culminated in a female Mexican journalist asking, apparently in earnest, if the movie star realizes how large a role he plays in the erotic fantasies of women around the world.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 8, 2014 8:37 PM
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