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, and now I could barely write my name, so my dolls have to tell the story.
GI Mark: At your service, mademoiselle.
Nicol: [to Mark] I just moved in across the street.
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.
[referring to his miniature doll town]
Mark Hogancamp: The women of Marwen protect me.
Nicol: Are all of the dolls people you know?
Mark Hogancamp: Yeah. Everyone has a place here in Marwen.
Roberta: [to Mark] So are you going to go to the sentencing?
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.
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. 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.
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