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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

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 Justus von Dohnányi ... Viktor Stahl
Holger Handtke 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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It was the greatest art heist in history

Genres:

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German | Russian | French | Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

7 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación Monumento See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,700,000, 9 February 2014

Gross USA:

$78,031,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,231,620
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally slated for a December 2013 release, with an awards/holiday season aim. In a rare move, Director George Clooney asked the studio for more time for post-production due to the visual effects not being ready, knowing this would make it very unlikely to receive awards attention (uncommon for an early-year release). Reluctantly, the studio pushed it out to the following February. See more »

Goofs

Just-liberated Paris would still have been under blackout, as would Bruges, about to be evacuated by German forces. See more »

Quotes

Frank Stokes: You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they'll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants and that's exactly what we are fighting for.
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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 »

Connections

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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Extremely boring
14 February 2014 | by bestcriteriaSee all my reviews

I was not expecting combat action, or a whodunit type thriller, but I was totally disappointed with the slow pace and the total lack of suspense.

The dialog was not witty or even interesting. The actors are first class, but are wasted. Other reviewers have said that Kate Blanchett steals the show, but there is nothing to steal, and she hardly is in the movie, and when she does appear, we are left with a 'is that all?' feeling. Other characters play their parts as though they were visitors in the set.

There were two or three instances where I was tricked into thinking that something exciting was going to happen, but the subject ended abruptly and the boring and easily anticipated theme was back.

I wanted to like the movie so badly that I was successful in staying awake for about 45 minutes, but then was in and out until the last 20 minutes, where the pace picked up from snail to turtle pace.


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