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The Monuments Men (2014)

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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.

Director:

George Clooney

Writers:

George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,031,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,231,620
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the flight back to the US, Matt Damon's character sits next to a soldier of the 28th (Pennsylvania) Division, recognized by the keystone (or red bucket of blood) flash on his shoulder. See more »

Goofs

When the German trooper says "John Wayne" as a household name, it is unlikely the average GI would make a connection. Wayne made B Pictures for years after Stagecoach (1939) and would not achieve international fame until the end of the 40s. See more »

Quotes

Frank Stokes: 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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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

References Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 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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6 February 2014 | by johncliftondukeSee all my reviews

The Monuments Men is being too critically shunned. It is not what you expect from watching the previews, but comes through with heartfelt stories that are designed to show you what these men endured. Each of The Monuments Men characters come from the arts world and are driven into action by the need to save precious art works spanning across Europe. Bill Murray is a genius per usual but lacks when it comes to on screen time. I feel as though many characters like John Goodman are overshadowed by the likes of Matt Damon and George Clooney. They make themselves very prominent in the script but often take time away from those who would truly make this film shine (Murray and Goodman). Even though it is not as good as expected it shines in many scenes. I still give it a 8/10


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