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
From a newspaper report dated 13 December 2013: Police broke into the flat of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who hoarded hundreds of works believed to have been looted by the Third Reich. Gurlitt has been the focus of huge media attention after a trove of over 1,400 previously unknown masterpieces were uncovered in his München flat. A task force appointed to research the origin of the art has said that around 590 pictures fall into the category of art looted or extorted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. These include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Paul Cézanne and others. See more »
When Donald Jeffries is writing a letter to his father in the church where the Madonna of Bruges is located, he mentions "her porcelain hand holding a small boy". The statue is made of marble, not porcelain. See more »
Yesterday we fond 16,000 pieces of art in a copper mine. It seems the Germans take better care of their art than people.
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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 »
In this day and age where so much emphasis is put on sex, special effects, and foul language, it was refreshing to watch a movie without any of those criteria. Although it lacked historic accuracy, it was still in my opinion a well done production. I thought the actors did an excellent job portraying the characters who the movie was based on. I also liked the fact that there was a certain amount of humor laced into a few scenes to keep it from being more of a documentary type film. On top of the humor, there was also an element of surprise, both when you were not expecting it, as well as when you were, but getting a different type of outcome. Overall, I'd say that even though Hollywood took liberties with the facts, they still made an enjoyable movie, and one they can be proud of.
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