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The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 7 February 2014 (USA)
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An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

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Colonel Langton
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Storyline

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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It was the greatest art heist in history

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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7 February 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Monumento  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,003,433 (USA) (7 February 2014)

Gross:

$78,031,620 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Trivia

The cast includes four Oscar winners: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin and two nominees: Bill Murray and Bob Balaban. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the scene where Generals Patton, Bradley and Eisenhower are seen in a "photo-op" involving recovered treasure, a row of parked jeeps is shown with stars on red bumper plates belonging to the generals. One jeep (presumably Eisenhower's) has five stars in a horizontal row, whereas the actual rank insignia and bumper plate would have the five stars arranged in a ring with an empty pentagon-shape in the center. Also, that jeep and the one beside it with four stars (presumably Patton's) both have bumper numbers that begin with "3A" indicating both vehicles are assigned to Patton's Third Army (as are most of the vehicles used by the Monuments Men themselves); as Supreme Commander of the European Theater of Operations, it's highly unlikely that Eisenhower would have had to borrow one of Patton's jeeps. See more »

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Frank Stokes: I was told that before you were sent here, you ran one of those camps.
Colonel Wegner: Who told you that?
Frank Stokes: A little bird.
Colonel Wegner: You're not Jewish, lieutenant?
Frank Stokes: No.
Colonel Wegner: Then you should thank me.
Frank Stokes: You know, I don't smoke either. My first cigarette.
[lights cigarette]
Frank Stokes: But I want to remember this moment. I'm gonna go home soon. Got a nice apartment in New York on the Upper West Side. There's a deli down the street called Sid's. Every morning, I walk there and I get a cup of coffee and a bagel, and I read the newspaper. I think ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits there are black and white photos of the real Monuments Men with some of the art they saved. See more »

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Referenced in A Very Murray Christmas (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You Always Hurt The One You Love
Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Pathetic and Self-Indulgent Piece of Nonsense
16 February 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Having read the original book from which "Monuments Men" is taken, I was very interested to see the movie. There is a really fascinating and historically important story here, and it could have made a great film. However, soon after the show begins, it all starts to fall apart. The reason? George Clooney. He directed, and he wrote the screenplay. It's amazingly obvious that in neither of these capacities does Clooney know what he is doing. The screenplay is an absolute joke, totally disjointed, disconnected, silly, trite, and incredibly amateurish for a major Hollywood star of Clooney's stature. The same goes for the directing. George Clooney is obviously a guy with a huge ego, capable of fooling himself and a lot of other people who should know better, that he knows what he is doing. Film-making schools should show this movie as a classic example of what not to do. It's fundamentally flawed in every respect. Editing, music, etc.------one is taken aback by the unbelievable ineptness. Co-stars Matt Damon and Bill Murray and John Goodman and the rest of the cast merely parrot their lines in strange, disjointed scenes that beg to be rewritten by someone with a brain in his head. On the one hand, I totally condemn this piece of Hollywood egotistical stupidity, but on the other I heartily recommend it as an example of how bad movies can get in the hands of people with enormous egos. Stick to acting, Clooney---for God's sake don't direct and write screenplays ever again.


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