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
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Bill Murray and Bob Balaban are set up as a pair of not particularly friendly partners. Prior to this movie the two of them have appeared in a number of Wes Anderson movies together. See more »
In the Altaussee salt mine, Stokes is briefly the only person pushing the mine cart with the Madonna of Bruges in it before Granger arrives to help him. The Madonna of Bruges is made of heavy marble and is 200cm (76") high; it would be practically impossible for a single person to lift and move alone. There is a photograph on Wikipedia of the statue in the Altaussee salt mine being moved with at least 5 men in the photograph. See more »
The plot is similar to Burt Lancaster's The Train, done in the early 70's. The major difference is that in The Train, it was French Nationals trying to save their national art collection that was being stolen by the Nazi's near the end of the war. Trains were used to transport the valuable art to Germany. The French showed ingenious tricks to fool the Germans . It was a very well done movie and Burt Lancaster showed his greatness as a true movie star. This mess Americanized the French which made it very unrealistic and dishonest. The All Star cast with poor script, and equally poor dialog, must have been a big financial incentive for the casting associate, because no one including Cate Blanchett earned there salary. It was a very disappointing performance by George Clooney. I will think twice before a see another movie with George Clooney in it.
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