Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, Neil Jackson
Fantasy bio-drama directed by Robert Zemeckis based on true events. The story centers on Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell), who after surviving a brutal attack starts putting together pieces from his old and new life. He meticulously creates a miniature World War II town in his backyard as a way to escape from reality where he can heal and be heroic. Through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.
[referring to Mark’s miniature town]
Nicol: What is all of this?
Roberta: The World Famous Marwen, Mark’s art installation.
[referring to Mark]
Bar Customer: So that’s the guy?
Bartender: Yeah, right up there. Some Nazi thugs jumped him. It’s a miracle he survived.
Mark Hogancamp: I was a hell of a good artist, a World War II illustrator, and now I could barely write my name.
Mark Hogancamp: I got beaten within an inch of my life for no reason. But I’ve created a world where I can heal.
Mark Hogancamp: I got beaten within an inch of my life because I was different. So I created a world where I can be anyone I want.
Mark Hogancamp: Welcome to Marwen. It’s my art instillation.
GI Mark: At your service, mademoiselle.
Nicol: [to Mark] I just moved in across the street.
Nicol: [to Mark] I heard what happened to you.
Nicol: You’re an artist?
Mark Hogancamp: That’s a complicated story.
Nicol: Well tell me.
Mark Hogancamp: You really want to know?
Nicol: You’ve got all the details.
[referring to the dolls he’s got set up]
Nicol: Who are they?
Mark Hogancamp: They are Nazis, torturing Hogie.
Mark Hogancamp: Because he’s different.
Nicol: That’s kind of violent. But at least the Nazis are dead.
Mark Hogancamp: They kicked every memory I ever had out of my head. Everything from before the attack is gone, so my dolls have to tell the story.
[referring to his miniature doll town]
Mark Hogancamp: These are the women of Marwen, and they protect Mark from the bad guys.
Nicol: Are all of the dolls people you know?
Mark Hogancamp: Yeah. There’s Anna. Julie. Caralala. Roberta.
[referring to his doll]
Mark Hogancamp: This is Hogie, kind of a braver version of me.
Mark Hogancamp: Everyone has a place here in Marwen.
Caralala: [to Mark] You can’t keep on running away from your problems.
Roberta: [to Mark] You taking your meds?
Roberta: [to Mark] So are you going to go to the sentencing?
Roberta: [to Mark] The only way you’re going to get better, is if you face those jerks who beat you up.
Lawyer: You’re a suffering human being. I want these guys to get more than just a slap on the wrist. It’s important that you’re there to look your assailant straight in the eye.
Mark Hogancamp: I’m not really sure how to do this.
GI Mark: When are you going to standup and put an end to this crap?
Mark Hogancamp: What are you talking about?
GI Mark: We’re one and the same, pal. If I can be a hero, so can you.
Lawyer: Maybe the dolls should stay in the car.
Mark Hogancamp: I never go anywhere without my backup.
[teaching Mark to walk again]
Julie: One foot in front of the other. You got it, Mark. You got…
[Mark stumbles and falls]
Julie: Embrace the pain. Our pain is our rocket fuel.
Mark Hogancamp: It hurts like hell.
Julie: You got to embrace that pain. You’ve got love the pain. The pain is a rocket fuel.
Roberta: It’s the only way Mark’s going to heal.
[as he’s living through his fantasy with his dolls]
Mark Hogancamp: More ammo!
Nicol: I thought I heard you yelling for more gumbo.
Mark Hogancamp: No. Not gumbo. No gumbo.
Mark Hogancamp: I have my art, and I have my friends. I have hope that I’ll be okay.
GI Julie: Hell, yeah.
Mark Hogancamp: The life I once had was taken away from me, but I’m still here. I have hope, and I have my town, and I have my friends, and I’ll be okay.
Mark Hogancamp: Anything is possible in Marwen.
Roberta: People need to see how special Marwen really is.
Mark Hogancamp: To life. To love. To the women of Marwen.
Roberta: [to Mark] You need to face those jerks who beat you up.
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