The Monuments Men
PG-13 – 118 min – War Drama
Director George Clooney (Good Night and Good Luck, Ides of March) assembles an all-star cast to tell the true story of a special platoon during World War II whose mission was to take back all the precious art stolen by Hitler. This script by Clooney and Grant Heslov was adapted from the bestseller of the same name and stars Clooney (Batman & Robin), fellow Academy-Award winners Matt Damon (Stuck on You), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist); and also Bill Murray (Quick Change), John Goodman (Roseanne, Barton Fink), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and the great Bob Balaban (Absence of Malice, Close Encounters, Midnight Cowboy, A Mighty Wind, Gosford Park, Moonrise Kingdom).
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.