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Walter Brennan and George Clooney in the same breath? You have skewed my world view beyond repair!

Kevin Wolf

Well, when I get around to seeing this I'll at least know how loosely they played with facts (not that I expected a documentary). Your point about the casting, and their ages, I can agree with sight unseen.

When I heard about this movie, the first sort-of-related flick I thought of was John Frankeheimer's The Train (1964), the only other WWII art rescue movie I'm aware of—and a damn good one.

El Jefe

Kevin Wolf,

The Train is a great film -- thanks for reminding me.

Like the title. But did you at any point consider The Past: A Country for Old Men? The hat tip to Scalzi with Old Man's War was probably too obvious to survive :) Thanks for the mention of Maguire (who was, frankly, very good in Luhrman's Gatsby) pointed out you could've cast differently -- otherwise I would've argued the price for getting the right actors for these roles (ie these guys) was their age. And to some degree that includes Bonneville and Dujardin because right now of you want those stock characters (not individuals who happen to be British or French but "the English Guy" and "the French Guy" of war movie fame from precisely the sort of movies you mentioned) you can't do better.

Although for real consideration of the war and time's passage since it was in our rear view mirror as kids (like you when I was young we were thirty years from D-Day, now we're over thirty years from disco...) you might allude to the casting hat-tip in the final scene....


Isn't it about time somebody handed out a few kudos for the job Telly Savalas did in Kelly's. Rickles wasn't bad either.

Lance Mannion

Mutaman, you're right! Will this do?

Kelly's Heroes are my heroes.

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