The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Co-written and directed by George Clooney, and based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, The Monuments Men is a World War II drama about an Allied platoon of over-the-hill museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and historians who are tasked with an unusual mission.
The platoon, which consists of Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), must enter Germany during the closing stages of the War and rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
The final member of the platoon, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Matt Damon), is sent to France to gain valuable intel about the location of the stolen art from Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a French art historian and undercover member of the French Resistance. The scholars-turned-soldiers, known as the Monuments Men by military brass, find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of one thousand years of culture and protect mankind’s greatest artistic achievements.
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