And the characters. So many nice people, these characters! I liked them all, definitely want to be friends with most of them :-) Also, some of them reminded me a lot of characters from Combat!, which definitely added to my enjoyment. Frank Stokes (George Clooney) had that debonair officer thing going on, just like Lt. Hanley (Rick Jason). Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin) was the jaunty, charming, French-speaking outsider, quite like Caje (Pierre Jalbert). Walter Garfield (John Goodman) was the round guy who likes to cheer others up, rather like Braddock (Shecky Greene). In fact, the movie as a whole would have worked pretty well as a Combat! episode, a two-parter like "The Long Way Home." In fact, I was reminded several times of one C! ep in particular, "Heritage," which guest-starred Charles Bronson and involved the squad finding a bunch of stolen artwork hidden in a cave. I'm guessing that ep was inspired by the events this movie portrays.
Because this is based on a true story, you know, of soldiers trying to rescue artwork from the Nazis. The movie poses the question of whether or not a "priceless" painting or statue is worth a person's life, and it kind of leaves it up to the viewer to decide, though it's pretty plain what the filmmakers think.
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Is this movie family friendly? More than most modern movies! There's a fair amount of cussing, on par with a late-60s-or-early-70s war movie, and a woman very obliquely asks a man to sleep with her, but it's all implied, nothing stated in so many words.