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The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justus von Dohnányi ...
Holger Handtke ...
Michael Hofland ...
Priest (Claude)
Commander Elya (as Zahary Baharov)
Colonel Langton


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


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 February 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Monumento  »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,700,000, 9 February 2014, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leaked e-mails between director/writer/producer/actor George Clooney and Sony Pictures chairwoman Amy Pascal reveal that Clooney was extremely worried over the job he did on the movie when it got some bad reviews. He even apologized to Pascal. See more »


The first mention of the Madonna is in connection with the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk ("Church of Our Lady"). The church shown in the film, though, is a completely different one. Also, the Madonna is displayed in an altar piece, not standing on its own. See more »


Frank Stokes: You can add this to the list of Hitler's failures.
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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 »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.33 (2016) See more »


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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If you watch the great trailer you've seen the best of the movie.
20 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

What a waste of money and time. Had George employed the editors making the trailer to write, direct and edit this film, it might have actually been enjoyable. This was unfortunately one of the most disjointedly scripted movies I have ever had the misfortune to watch. The story was randomly hopping this way, that way, presenting completely unrelated anecdotes from the different missions the Monuments Men were on. As another IMDb reviewer (Wilbrifar) pointed out: " It's like watching a sequel to a movie you didn't see; the characters are acting like "here we are, old buddies together again in Part 2" and the audience is left totally out in the cold because there was never a Part 1. " That is very much how the movie felt; the actors were proficient in delivering their lines as well as they could, given the nightmare of a script they had to follow - but there was no chemistry between any of them at any point, so when they were getting all joking and friendly with each other, it just looked and felt awkward; like being at a party where you're watching someone be overly friendly to someone else. I would never watch this again.

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