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The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 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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George Clooney

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George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Frank Stokes
Matt Damon ... James Granger
Bill Murray ... Richard Campbell
Cate Blanchett ... Claire Simone
John Goodman ... Walter Garfield
Jean Dujardin ... Jean Claude Clermont
Hugh Bonneville ... Donald Jeffries
Bob Balaban ... Preston Savitz
Dimitri Leonidas ... Sam Epstein
Justus von Dohnányi ... Viktor Stahl
Holger Handtke ... Colonel Wegner
Michael Hofland Michael Hofland ... Priest (Claude)
Zachary Baharov ... Commander Elya (as Zahary Baharov)
Michael Brandner ... Dentist
Sam Hazeldine ... Colonel Langton
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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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Comedy | 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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Trivia

Motoko Fujishiro Huthwaite, who died on 4 May 2020, in Taylor, Michigan, was the last of the Monuments Women, the group of men and women whose actions are depicted in this movie. Born Motoko Fujishiro on 24 August 1927 in Boston, she was sent back to Japan with her mother and after the war being bilingual was part of the Monuments Men operations in Japan. She got the Congressional Gold Medal in 2015 for her work. See more »

Goofs

During live fire training, the location of the World War I memorial is attributed to Saint Louis, Missouri. The sculptor upon whom Walter Garfield is based designed sculptures for St. Louis' World War I memorial, which is called the Soldiers Memorial and should not be confused with the National World War I Memorial located in Kansas City, Missouri. See more »

Quotes

Richard Campbell: Right now, you wish that German had shot you.
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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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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Nora Sagal
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Bland movie telling an important story.
7 February 2014 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

The movie deserves an A for effort but misses the mark dramatically. The question is: why? The story is evocative and the cast is excellent. Where the movie goes wrong is how it presents the story. The movie attempts to inject a whimsical element in story which is out of context. There was nothing whimsical about the plan to save priceless artwork. Also, the story moves at a slow pace and inspires little if any excitement or drama. The discoveries of the hidden artwork has little dramatic impact, nor do the interpersonal relationships between the characters which in the movie are shallow. Even the attempt at romance comes off as tepid and half-hearted, as well as implausible. The idea of a young, handsome, married American officer, alone in Paris, having dinner in the apartment of an attractive, intelligent, single French woman who made him dinner and not staying for at least another drink is a stretch. True, he is married and his faithfulness is commendable, but still .... The movie does have some strong dramatic moments, but in general the story is bland. Yet despite the movie's drawbacks, it still manages to tell a story about an historical event of great importance and significance, and for that reason alone is worth watching.


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Release Date:

7 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,003,433, 9 February 2014

Gross USA:

$78,031,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,706,638
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