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The Monuments Men (2014)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 867 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Drama | War
  • Release Date: 7 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 118 min
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The Monuments Men (2014)


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  • IMDb page: The Monuments Men (2014)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 867 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Drama | War
  • Release Date: 7 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Filming Location: Studio Babelsberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Gross: $22,700,000 (USA) (7 February 2014)
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Soundtrack: You Always Hurt The One You Love
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Art | American Abroad | World War Two | Actor Director Writer | Based On Book

Writing Credits By:

  • George Clooney (screenplay) &
  • Grant Heslov (screenplay)
  • Robert M. Edsel (book) and
  • Bret Witter (book)

Known Trivia

  • From a newspaper report dated 13 December 2013: Police broke into the flat of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who hoarded hundreds of works believed to have been looted by the Third Reich. Gurlitt has been the focus of huge media attention after a trove of over 1,400 previously unknown masterpieces were uncovered in his Munich flat. A task force appointed to research the origin of the art has said that around 590 pictures fall into the category of art looted or extorted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. These include pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Munch and Cezanne among others. 73 of 74 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • 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 special effects not being ready, knowing this would make it very unlikely to receive awards attention (uncommon for an early-year release). Reluctantly, the studio put it to the following February. 44 of 46 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Daniel Craig was cast in a role but ultimately he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Matt Damon replaced him. 40 of 44 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Anachronisms: The version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is sung with the lyrics "'Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.'' These lines were not added to the song until 1957.

Plot: An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by … Written bySony Pictures Entertainment

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • George Clooney known as producer
  • Christoph Fisser known as co-producer
  • Barbara A. Hall known as executive producer
  • Grant Heslov known as producer
  • Henning Molfenter known as co-producer
  • Charlie Woebcken known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • George Clooney known as Frank Stokes
  • Matt Damon known as James Granger
  • Bill Murray known as Richard Campbell
  • Cate Blanchett known as Claire Simone
  • John Goodman known as Walter Garfield
  • Jean Dujardin known as Jean Claude Clermont
  • Hugh Bonneville known as Donald Jeffries
  • Bob Balaban known as Preston Savitz
  • Dimitri Leonidas known as Sam Epstein
  • Justus von Dohnányi known as Viktor Stahl
  • Holger Handtke known as Colonel Wegner
  • Michael Hofland known as Priest (Claude)
  • Zahary Baharov known as Commander Elya
  • Michael Brandner known as Dentist
  • Sam Hazeldine known as Colonel Langton
  • Miles Jupp known as Major Feilding
  • Alexandre Desplat known as Emile
  • Diarmaid Murtagh known as Captain Harpen
  • Serge Hazanavicius known as Rene Armand
  • Luc Feit known as Aachen Vicar
  • Emil von Schönfels known as Sniper Boy
  • Udo Kroschwald known as Hermann Goering
  • Aurélia Poirier known as Young French Girl
  • Grant Heslov known as Doctor
  • Matthew Maguire known as Young Dying Soldier
  • Michael Dalton known as President Roosevelt
  • Christian Rodska known as President Truman
  • Stefan Kolosko known as German Commander
  • Thomas Wingrich known as German 2nd in Command
  • Oliver Devoti known as Colonel at Caen
  • James Payton known as Hitler
  • Lucas Tavernier known as St Bavo Priest
  • Oscar Copp known as French Truck Driver
  • Luciana Castellucci known as Nun
  • Declan Mills known as Siegen Private
  • Richard Crehan known as Brit Private
  • Stuart Matthews known as Brit GI Translator
  • André Hinderlich known as German POW
  • Maximilian Seidel known as German POW
  • Marcel Mols known as Bruges Priest
  • Matt Rippy known as Colonel Gregg
  • John Dagleish known as ADSEC Sarge
  • Andrew Byron known as Supply Sergeant
  • Nicolas Heidrich known as Stahl's Child
  • Aidan Sharp known as Stahl's Child
  • Xavier Laurent known as French Armed Man
  • Ben-Ryan Davies known as Brit Private – Bruges
  • Nick Clooney known as Older Stokes
  • Joel Basman known as German Soldier at Ghent
  • Andrew Alexander known as Major Piper
  • Adrian Bouchet known as Sarge Near Altaussee
  • Claudia Geisler known as Stahl's Wife
  • Joe Reynolds known as Stokes' Son
  • Levi Strasser known as Stokes' Grandson
  • Piet Paes known as Priest in Truck
  • Audrey Marnay known as Jean Claude's Wife
  • Nora Sagal known as Campbell's Daughter (voice)
  • Avery June Jones known as Campbell's Granddaughter (voice)
  • James Audrey Jones known as Campbell's Granddaughters (voice)
  • Martin Crossingham known as British Soldier
  • Lee Asquith-Coe known as A Company Sgt Drill Instructor (uncredited)
  • James Ayling known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Mark Badham known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • Nic Bernasconi known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Alan Bond known as German Officer (uncredited)
  • Werner Braunschädel known as General Dwight D. Eisenhower (uncredited)
  • Colin Coombs known as American Corporal in Trench (uncredited)
  • Graham Curry known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • Nick Donald known as US Soldier Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Robert Eames known as US Corporal (uncredited)
  • Jason Ebelthite known as Private Dutch (uncredited)
  • Marco Flammer known as German Soldier (uncredited)
  • Adam Gary known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • Roberto Gomez Martin known as Injured US Army Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Stanley Grimmer known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • Matt Harris known as British Solder A Company (uncredited)
  • Nick Horwood known as Major,British Army (uncredited)
  • Artem Kirichuk known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Jorge Leon Martinez known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Daniel Littau known as Russian Soldier (uncredited)
  • Jo Marriott known as Pub Woman (uncredited)
  • Vander McLeod known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Morris Minelli known as British Soldier at the Camp (uncredited)
  • Matthew John Morley known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Harry Leonard Parkinson known as Butcher Boy (uncredited)
  • Lee Plumridge known as RAF Pilot (uncredited)
  • Andrew James Porter known as British Recruit (uncredited)
  • David L. Price known as US Army Major (uncredited)
  • Adam Prickett known as US Soldier (uncredited)
  • Ben Probert known as US Soldier / Recruit (uncredited)
  • Adam Rabinowitz known as British WWII Soldier (uncredited)
  • James Michael Rankin known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Kathrin Susanne Rieger known as German (uncredited)
  • Corin Stuart known as British GI Translator (uncredited)
  • Mitch Thornton known as Delta Company American Soldier & Medic (uncredited)
  • Joe Warshaw known as Russian Officer (uncredited)
  • Randy Witte known as US Soldier (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Julia Baumann known as additional make-up/hair
  • Morgane Bernhard known as additional make-up/hair: crowd
  • Christine Beveridge known as makeup department head
  • Julia Böhm known as additional makeup artist
  • Anja Daum known as additional makeup artist
  • Anna Sophie Evenkamp known as additional makeup artist
  • Sylvia Grave known as additional make-up/hair: crowd
  • Hanna Hackbeil known as additional makeup artist
  • Jessica Haupt known as crowd hair and makeup artist
  • Anna Jäger known as additional make-up/hair: crowd
  • Jan Kempkens known as crowd makeup artist
  • Doreen Kindler known as additional makeup artist
  • Isabell Kintzel known as crowd makeup supervisor
  • Isabell Kintzel known as crowd supervisor: additional
  • Julia Lechner known as additional make-up/hair: crowd
  • Winnie Mattheus known as additional makeup artist
  • Andrea Pirchner known as additional makeup artist
  • Mareike Saß known as additional make-up/hair: crowd
  • Petra Schaumann known as key makeup & hair artist
  • Valeska Schitthelm known as makeup & hair crowd supervisor
  • Anne Schneider known as additional makeup artist
  • Daniela Skala known as makeup & hair crowd supervisor
  • Jenna Smith known as additional hair stylist
  • Jenna Smith known as additional makeup artist
  • Heba Thorisdottir known as makeup artist for Cate Blanchett
  • Elise Tillmann known as additional make-up/hair
  • Christina Wagner known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Pablo Alza known as head painter
  • Robert Balke known as patina painter
  • Ute Bergk known as set decoration buyer: UK
  • Katharina Boehm known as prop maker
  • Michael Bortz known as assistant property master
  • Henning Brehm known as graphic designer
  • Archie Campbell-Baldwin known as junior draughtsman
  • Ben Collins known as assistant art director
  • James Cowley known as sculptor
  • Gary Dawson known as standby props: UK
  • Lars Dicht known as set dresser
  • Martin Dormann known as sculptor
  • Jennifer Draxlbauer known as props runner
  • Enzo Enzel known as setdec painter
  • Ute Feuerstacke known as floral designer
  • Lois Gabrin known as prop buyer
  • Tom Gardner known as trainee dressing props
  • Adina Glöckner known as set decoration pa
  • Dierk Grahlow known as construction coordinator
  • Henri Grund known as sculptor
  • Sebastian Güldemann known as painter
  • Robin Haefs known as projections designer
  • Marcus Haendgen known as property master
  • Katharina Hafermaas known as propmaker: patiner
  • Sebastian Hanusch known as stand-by props assistant
  • Ingeborg Heinemann known as assistant set decorator
  • Patrick Herzberg known as assistant art director
  • Manuel Hess known as set dresser
  • Tine Hoefke known as set dec coordinator
  • Brita Hofmann known as h.o.d. plasterer
  • Dimitar Hristovich known as artist
  • Susanna Jerger known as propmaker
  • Marko Kaiser known as prop shopper
  • Michael King known as production buyer
  • Sonja Kirch known as art department coordinator
  • Wolfram Krabiell known as property buyer
  • Ines Kramer known as set designer
  • Johannes Maria Laboga known as art department
  • Liliana Lambriev known as additional graphic designer
  • Carolin Langenbahn known as prop shopper
  • Sindy Leisker known as art department assistant coordinator
  • Michael Lieb known as set designer
  • Robert Makolies known as sculptor
  • Nadin Meyer known as construction buyer
  • Michaela Möller known as sculptor
  • Gunter Müller known as carpenter: Grabowsee
  • Frank Noack known as set dresser
  • Caroline Ohmert known as greens person
  • Benjamin Palmer known as model maker
  • Uli Passauer known as additional set dresser
  • Allen J. Polley known as property master: UK
  • Josh Polley known as chargehand dresser
  • Mitch Polley known as props
  • Peter Popken known as concept artist
  • Matthias Prange known as stand-by carpenter
  • Stephanie Rass known as set designer
  • Lothar Riedrich known as hod greens
  • Friederike Roolf known as junior set dresser
  • Dalia Salamah known as graphic designer
  • Cindy Schnitter known as propmaker
  • Tobias Schroeter known as head propmaker
  • Tim Sehling known as additional set dresser
  • Stefan Sellin known as stand-by greens
  • Stefan Speth known as assistant art director
  • Markus 'Xaver' Steinberger known as sculptor
  • Christina Wagner known as propmaker
  • Ian Whiteford known as greensman
  • Wolfgang Wrede known as standby painter
  • Gunnar Zimmer known as head sculptor
  • Yesim Zolan known as on-set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (presents)
  • Smokehouse Pictures (as Smokehouse)
  • Studio Babelsberg

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  UK Lighting equipment supplied by
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Aerial Camera Systems (ACS)  camera car crane (uncredited)
  • André's Filmcatering  catering: Studio Babelsberg
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  cell phone rentals
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cinecat Filmcatering  catering: VFX and construction unit
  • DDA Fire  health and safety/fire services
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • De Lane Lea  sound re-recording
  • Dynamic International Freight Services  freight forwarders
  • Helicopter Film Services  aerial filming
  • Lufthansa City Center Tour Atlantica Reisen & Touristik  travel agency
  • Mama Filmcatering  catering
  • Mecon Media Concept  extras payroll
  • Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM)  funding: EUR 400, 000
  • Mundwerk Catering  catering: office and main unit
  • New Wave Kulissenbau  set and decor
  • Omstudios  aerial photography
  • POP Sound  ADR Recording
  • Peinelt-Motors  military vehicles
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Propshop  prop makers
  • Scallywag Travel  travel agent
  • Shotz Picture Vehicles  picture vehicle coordination
  • Silver Screen Services  minibus supplier
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)  funding
  • Stoffwerke Marion Herdle  decorations
  • Sturm Handels GmbH Kostümverleih  military props
  • Teamfest  production services
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  funding
  • Twickenham Studios  sound post-production
  • Zasa Lights  balloon lights


  • 20th Century Fox Netherlands (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Warner Bros.)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Venezuela (2014) (Venezuela) (theatrical)
  • Barracuda Movie (2014) (Slovakia) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Big Picture 2 Films (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • CinemArt (2014) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Columbia Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • InterCom (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Belarus) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Kazakhstan) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • BlueBolt
  • Cinesite (Visual Effects)
  • Method Studios (visual effects)
  • One Of Us (visual effects)
  • Senate Visual Effects, The (Visual Effects)
  • Snow Business International (snow effects)
  • Snow Business (snow effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Oliver Adranghi known as compositor: method studios
  • Nidhi Agarwal known as matchmove artist: MPC
  • Carmine Agnone known as matchmove artist: Oneofus
  • Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor known as Visual Effects Exec Producer:BlueBolt
  • Dan Alterman known as compositor: Cinesite
  • Luke Armstrong known as digital compositor: Cinesite
  • Adam Arnot known as prep artist
  • Asregadoo Arundi known as visual effects supervisor
  • Steven Barham known as production assistant: The Senate VFX
  • Angela Barson known as visual effects supervisor: BlueBolt
  • Nick Bell known as matchmover: Cinesite
  • Philip Borg known as 3D generalist: The Senate VFX
  • Matt Boyer known as lead matchmover: Cinesite
  • Rob Bryson known as digital compositor: MPC
  • Stuart Bullen known as digital compositor: BlueBolt
  • Naomi Butler known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Lauren Camilleri known as editor: visual effects
  • Jorge Canada Escorihuela known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Jason Chalmers known as lead senior modeller
  • Paul Chandler known as digital matte painter
  • Ross Clark known as assistant data wrangler
  • Oli Clarke known as lead layout artist: MPC
  • Ross Colgan known as data operations manager: Cinesite
  • Chad E. Collier known as data operations manager: Method Studios
  • Oliver Cubbage known as 3D artist
  • Oliver Cubbage known as concept artist
  • Matthew D'Angibau known as matchmover: Cinesite
  • Rupert Davies known as digital compositor: Blue Bolt
  • Tom Debenham known as visual effects supervisor (One of Us)
  • Christophe Dehaene known as digital compositor
  • Stanley A. Dellimore known as global head of layout: MPC
  • Max Dennison known as digital matte painter: The Senate VFX
  • Thomas Dyg known as environment supervisor: Cinesite
  • Maeve Eydmann known as matte painter: Cinesite
  • Ben Fleming known as digital artist
  • Ben Fleming known as visual effects artist
  • James D. Fleming known as 2D supervisor: The Senate VFX
  • Jacob Flint known as senior matchmove artist: The Senate
  • Wesley Froud known as visual effects artist
  • Mark Fry known as paint/prep artist
  • Amy Furey known as data operator: Cinesite
  • Kai Gadd known as roto artist: One of Us
  • Richard Garnish known as technical support: Cinesite
  • Caroline Garrett known as production support: Cinesite
  • Abhishek Ghorui known as digital artist
  • Alex Guri known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Alex Guri known as digital compositor
  • Steffen Hagen known as visual effects coordinator
  • Patrick Hall known as digital compositor
  • Joey Harris known as matchmover: The Senate VFX
  • Dan Harrod known as compositor: Cinesite
  • Andrew Harvey known as digital retouch & restoration
  • Clive Haward known as technical support: Cinesite
  • Sebastian Hesselsjö known as roto/prep artist: BlueBolt
  • David Hewitt known as modelmaker
  • Bastian Hopfgarten known as visual effects lead data wrangler
  • Louise Hutchinson known as visual effects producer: Cinesite
  • Zave Jackson known as 2d supervisor: Cinesite
  • Keith Jones known as digital compositor
  • Robert Junggeburt known as digital matte painter: MPC
  • Lev Kolobov known as compositing supervisor: The Moving Picture Company
  • Sujay Kumar G. known as matchmove lead: MPC
  • Luka Leskovsek known as vfx compositor: BlueBolt
  • Miguel Macaya known as digital compositor: BlueBolt
  • Francesc Macia known as roto/prep artist cinesite
  • Suraj Makhija known as matchmove artist: MPC
  • Greg Malkin known as matchmove artist: the senate
  • Finbar Mallon known as digital i/o: Cinesite
  • Edward Martin known as matchmove artist: The Senate
  • Dan Matley known as visual effects producer: Method Studios
  • Lindsay McFarlane known as visual effects producer
  • Giacomo Mineo known as lead digital compositor
  • Rafael Morant known as matte painting & digital environment supervisor: BlueBolt
  • Didier Muenza known as CG supervisor: One Of Us
  • Ricardo Musch known as roto artist: One of Us
  • Jonathan Neill known as visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
  • Cenay Oekmen known as visual effects artist
  • Nitheesh P.C. known as matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
  • Nikolett Papp known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Dominic Parker known as visual effects supervisor
  • Venetia Penna known as compositor: Cinesite
  • Chris Perschky known as technical support: Cinesite
  • Daniel Pettipher known as production support: Cinesite
  • Victor Pillet known as technical animator
  • Andrew Pinson known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Mike Pope known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Paula Pope known as visual effects producer: The Senate VFX
  • Christian Poullay known as matchmove artist
  • Christian Poullay known as matchmover: Cinesite
  • Giorgia Pulvirenti known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Maickel Quinet known as digital compositor
  • Alessandro Righi known as visual effects artist
  • Roni Rodrigues known as digital compositor: BlueBolt
  • Stuart Rowbottom known as 3D generalist: The Senate VFX
  • Simon Rowe known as compositor (Bluebolt)
  • Federico Scarbini known as asset lead
  • Jamie Schumacher known as digital matte artist
  • Swati Shamsundar Malu known as matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
  • David Sjodin known as compositor
  • Katherine Smith known as visual effects producer: MPC
  • Steve Smith known as roto artist: The Senate VFX
  • Jean-David Solon known as matte painter: Cinesite
  • Jason Summersgill known as production support: Cinesite
  • Jason Summersgill known as visual effects artist
  • Filip Sustek known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • James Sutton known as 3d generalist: BlueBolt
  • Marc Taganas known as lead roto/prep artist: MPC
  • Michelle Teefey-Lee known as visual effects production manager
  • Andrew K. Thompson known as digital compositor
  • Jithendran Thottupurath known as matchmove roto anim production coordinator: MPC
  • Dan Tiller known as digital i/o: Cinesite
  • Victor Tomi known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Nick Tregenza known as roto artist
  • Courtney Vanderslice known as executive producer: Cinesite
  • Giuliano Dionisio Vigano known as 2d supervisor: Method
  • Samuel John Joseph Walsh known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Martin Waters known as visual effects supervisor: The Senate VFX
  • Julian Weiss known as digital compositor: MPC
  • Chris Wenting known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kevin Wheatley known as head of software engineering: Cinesite
  • William Marshall Wilkinson known as visual effects editor: Cinesite
  • Royston Willcocks known as modeller: Cinesite
  • Melody Woodford known as visual effects producer: Method Studios
  • James Worlidge known as Visual Effects Production Assistant: MPC
  • Terry Wu known as compositor
  • Aviv Yaron known as vfx stills photography: Cinesite
  • Keith Barton known as technical support: Cinesite (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. John Duke from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    The Monuments Men is being too critically shunned. It is not what youexpect from watching the previews, but comes through with heartfeltstories that are designed to show you what these men endured. Each ofThe Monuments Men characters come from the arts world and are driveninto action by the need to save precious art works spanning acrossEurope. Bill Murray is a genius per usual but lacks when it comes to onscreen time. I feel as though many characters like John Goodman areovershadowed by the likes of Matt Damon and George Clooney. They makethemselves very prominent in the script but often take time away fromthose who would truly make this film shine (Murray and Goodman). Eventhough it is not as good as expected it shines in many scenes. I stillgive it a 8/10

  2. CanuckGirl from Toronto, Canada
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    If you want to see George Clooney play George Clooney, Matt Damon playMatt Damon, Bill Murray play Bill Murray, John Goodman play JohnGoodman, and Jean Dujardin play a clichéd Frenchmen (right down to theFrench beret and scarf)…in a incredibly mediocre film based on acompelling true story that's badly written and directed, go see "TheMonuments Men". It's an "Oceans 11" team of art curators, historiansand architects sent into France and Germany. Their mission? "SavingPrivate Art". The obstacles? Almost none, once they knew where to look.It was apparently the easiest art heist in history. The plus side? it'sa stretch…but I did like Hugh Bonneville playing someone kinder andgentler than Lord Grantham in "Downton Abbey"…and Cate Blanchett?She's always great, but she truly doesn't have much to do here, otherthan speak with a French accent and look irritated. Don't be fooled bythe star-studded cast like I was. This movie is a waste of your moneyand time. All of these actors have made far superior films. And thisstory would have been better served by a more accomplished screenwriterand director.

  3. bopdog from Was UK Now US
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I loved it. Anything with Matt Damon or George Clooney is an automatic"Go see!" for me. Add John Goodman and Cate Blanchet and it only getsbetter. I heard one or two unflattering critics' comments about themovie a week or so ago, and was a little nervous that maybe the Laws ofthe Cosmos had been reversed in some fashion and the movie would not begood, despite its can't-lose topic and Oscar-great cast. I needn't haveworried- it was marvelous.

    I don't want this to be about what's wrong with those critics, butperhaps you'll find a small bit of that helpful to decide that youshould treat yourself to this wonderful project? I suspect that ifanyone didn't find themselves entranced and entertained it might havebeen because they were expecting something else. "Saving CaptainAmerica" or something.

    The film deals with choices we make as a people. What do we value? Whatmight be worth fighting and dying for? Personal power, glory, andmoney? (read: the Nazis' and Stalinists' cause). Or human striving forcharm and grace and love and compassion and harmony and "art," asimperfectly as we may have carried that out? (read: the Allies' cause,in principle, anyway).

    This IS a thrilling movie- but the thrills are very real, thus notsexy. I'm a scholar by trade (social psychology) and have studied thisera and human relations extensively. As near as I can determine, thisis how the war went for most people. And this project in real life, Ihear, was rather quiet, and not thought to be glamorous- despite its"monumental" importance and its consequences for humanity (pardon thepun).

    There is real danger in the movie. And suspense- made more gripping bythe vast scale of the stakes… but of course made a bit more bearableby our knowledge that we won the war, and saved a vast chunk of ourcultural heritage with the mission depicted in this movie.

    For myself, I felt a surge of pride toward the end when the movieshowed filmed newsreel items, re-enacted from the day. Yes, it showedthe Army generals gloating over the cache of more than one hundred tons(!!! – worth more than $4 BILLION at today's price) of stolen goldrecovered from the salt mine where the Nazis had hidden it. Hey- I'dgloat too! But it also showed the overall integrity of the Alliesillustrated by their care and concern to return the art – worthjillions of dollars – to the countries, families, cities, museums, thatwere the rightful owners.

    That just reminded me that while the flag-waving and money-making andglory-seeking may be the norm in this world, there are also millions ofdecent, honest, caring, compassionate, and spectacularly honorablehumans among us. It feels good to know they were there then; itheartens me to suddenly realize that they are still out there today.

    "Monuments Men" allowed me to enjoy a riveting and entertaining storyabout the best of humanity.

  4. stephenrtod from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    Actors are professional pretenders. Movies that depict real lifeevents, or literary works,are successful if they present persuasiveindications, hoping to capture the spark of reality on stage or screen.

    George Clooney is a sentimental man who conceals his sentimentalismwell. He makes movies whenever he can about topics, people, and issueshe cares about.

    Having read the book this film was based upon, I was looking forgestures, expressions, persuasive indications of a movement mostpeople, including me until very recently, were not aware of.

    A story in today's Wall Street Journal proclaimed that the desire tosave, protect, salvage and restore, and allow the present and thefuture to continue to enjoy art – is ongoing – even in such places asAfghanistan and Iraq. That article also dramatized General Eisenhower'sefforts to ensure that American soldiers were respectful andappreciative of other countries' cultures and their artistic and otherachievements.

    I thought that the exposition, the part of the movie that was slowestmoving, where each character had to be introduced and developed, theninserted into the rather tense and nervous camaraderie, such as it was,was the weakest part of the film; but even this part had the feel of arecapturing of the mis en scene of 1944 global Armageddon in the world.

    I often forget that many of the Chicago group that made Saturday Nightfamous: John Belushi, Bill Murray and many others, were classicallytrained actors. Bill Murray listening to a record while in the showeris a great moment in theater, in acting, in verisimilitude, the art ofmaking the gesture, the moment, seem so real that the audience forgetsit is only a movie.

    The entire cast behaved as if they truly were the architects, curators,sculptors, and connoisseurs they were portraying, and I felt that themovie got stronger and stronger after the going got really tough intheir mission.

    Kate Blanchett plays a tough French woman smoldering with an innerburning anger, and she is convincing in every scene she was in. Ithought that she inspired and uplifted Matt Damon's performance.

    I think the quality of the writing is uneven, but that is true not onlyof art, but of life. Sometimes, ordinary people utter mundanestatements; sometimes, we are inspired to be eloquent, elegant. I thinkthat "The Monuments Men" captured that reality, too.

    I would love to see it again, and I urge anyone who is interested inthe idea of saving precious works of art from military and otherpredators, to read the book by Robert M. Edsel.

  5. SilasLapham from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    This film was a surprise to me in that it was not about six or eightadventurers and funny men, was not a World War II edition of Oceans 11,but is the several tales of art experts, acting alone or in pairs,commissioned as a group to locate and save art stolen by the Nazis.

    The individual actors play to form, the history was interesting, thewriting was predictable and substandard.

    I would probably never replay this film, but, for those interested inWorld War II and its small stories, this is worth a few bucks to see.Certainly it is not an epic or moving war adventure in the ilk ofSaving Private Ryan.

  6. willieboyd2 from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I watched the film "The Monuments Men" today at a local theater.

    I thought it was an excellent film overall.

    I am probably more familiar with the subject than most viewers as Iread Robert Edsel's book on the subject, which is the basis for thefilm.

    Also I knew about the US Army art recovery groups from Upton Sinclair'sLanny Budd novels, and Thomas Carr Howe's 1946 book "Salt Mines andCastles".

    The film did take liberties with the true stories to shorten the numberof characters, and there were some scenes which turn up in most WorldWar II films now, such as finding gold rings and dental work.

    There is a stock Nazi SS Colonel who murders one of the Americans andlater orders his men to use flamethrowers to destroy a room full ofpaintings,

    The only woman in the film is a French art museum official who recordsart being stolen by the Nazis. She also distrusts the Americans and oneof the Monuments group has to convince her to turn over her list ofstolen art.

    Some of the film is humorous, such as middle-aged men going throughmilitary training.

    One recurring theme is the leader of the group trying to convincecombat officers of the need to protect art for future generations.

    A funny scene occurs when some of the men find a salt mine where theNazis have stored some stolen art. One man digs through a wall andfinds not art but a huge amount of gold. The gold brings a visit by thetop generals including Eisenhower and Patton.

    I didn't see any obvious anachronisms.

    There are some scenes of Nazis stealing the art, and scenes of Hitlerplanning his "Fuhrer Museum". The actor who plays Hitler really lookslike him.

    The film is rated PG-13, but the rating is supposedly because some ofthe men smoke cigarettes, otherwise it would probably be PG or even G.There are a few nude women, but only on several hundred year oldpaintings and sculptures.

    George Clooney produced and directed this film, and there is a scene atthe end where an older version of George's character is played byGeorge's father Nick Clooney, who used to host the AMC cable channelfilms.

  7. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    "The Monuments Men" is a group of men (in real life around 350, and inthis film 7) who are tasked with saving the historically and culturallysignificant monuments, fine arts and archives during World War II. Theyhave to find and return that which the French hid and the Germans werefinding and stealing and then hiding. And the film decided to tell thisstory comedically.

    The film took a really long time to get going as they wanted it to beabout the men that took on this task. But they changed their names andI also couldn't tell you a single characteristic of any of them. Themen were paired off so they each had their own region to investigate,but none of that was interesting. The worst part was giving JamesGranger (Matt Damon) and Claire Simon (Cate Blanchett, representing thereal- life heroine Rose Valland) a love story. They did have a reasonfor such nonsense, or how about just sticking with how it actuallyhappened.

    George Clooney has said the film is about 80% accurate, and that seemsfair enough. But the problem isn't the historical inaccuracy; theproblem is that the cheap humour diminishes the very people and storythey're trying to empower. The humour was just a handful of lineswanting to kill Hitler and standing on a landmine. It just didn't makethe film entertaining. The story could have done that but it didn'tbecome interesting until they started discovering where the Germans hidthe art. Coincidentally, the same point when the film started followingthe real story.

    "The Monuments Men" very clearly wanted to help remember an importantpart of history and spark a debate about the cost of war on soldiers,civilians, and history and society. The debate is raging on, but thefilm missed the level of entertainment but not trusting its audience tobe interested in exactly what happened.

  8. pefrss from Las Vegas
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I mostly get lured into George Clooney's movies because I like thesubjects he chooses for his films. But I am tired of Nazi films, thelast interesting one I saw, was " Die Faelscher" or in English " TheCounterfeiters" and with that in mind, I was hoping for a similar newangle looking at the whole Nazi time. But that is not what I got. As anartist I was familiar with all the art which was stolen in WWII and therecovery and I had seen the documentary "The rape of Europe".

    I went to an afternoon show which was packed nearly to the last seatwith mostly people my age (retired) and everybody seemed to enjoy themovie, there was even applause at the end.

    The movie kept my attention and I enjoyed seeing some of the art andthe locations shown. Somehow George Clooney and Matt Damon always seemto play themselves and the script made them joke like they do whenpromoting the movie. I also thought that writing in a love interestin-between the characters of Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon wascompletely unnecessary and did not help the story.

    I wish the film would have pointed out that in every war art andcultural heritage gets stolen or destroyed forever. It happened sincewar was invented and it still goes on .War does not only destroy livesand futures but also the past, the history, the culture and the art ofthe countries involved. Picking always the Nazis as an example takesaway from the devastation of war in general. Even the crusaders broughthome incredible treasures from their crusades.

    It is a good enough film to spend two hours with, not a film I wouldadd to my DVD collection.

  9. mikerapuano from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    The Monuments Men is directed by George Clooney, staring himself, MattDamon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, HughBonneville, and Cate Blanchett. It tells of a group of soldiers taskedto locate and preserve pieces of art that have been stolen by the Nazisduring World War II.

    It's no secret that The Monuments Men was one of everyone's mostanticipated movies of 2013, and looked like a solid awards contender,until it was pushed to a February release date, purportedly due to theneed for more time to be spent on the special effects.

    The truth is, The Monuments Men could be, and really should be muchmore entertaining than it is. The best part of the film, and at thesame time, its major problem, is the script. There are seeminglycontinuous laughs coming from quick one liners and witty characterinteractions, which keeps the audience somewhat engaged, although withsuch bleak subject matter, it's debatable that a movie dealing with theeradication of an entire culture's achievements should be aslighthearted as it is. But the flaw with the script is that it seemslike the first act eats up almost all of it's running time. It's as ifthe film is missing large portions of the actual plot to make room formassive amounts of unnecessary exposition. Secondly, the film'scharacters are stale and one dimensional at best. I invite anyone whosees the film to wait an hour after finishing the movie, and try toremember even three of the character's names or what their role in themission was. There isn't a moment in the entire film where it isn'tsimply John Goodman or Bill Murray dressed as World War II soldiers andnot fleshed out characters. Albeit all of the actors are exceedinglyfun to watch, I assume that just watching all of these actors talktogether at a press conference would be just about as entertaining.

    The Monuments Men isn't even close to the worst movie of 2014 by a longshot, even though it is only February, but it's arguably the mostdisappointing film of the year as of yet. I take no pleasure in sayingthis, but it's noble intentions fell utterly short due to awful pacing,and forgettable characters. I haven't read the book, but I have tothink that it must be much better constructed and does this fantasticreal life story more justice.

  10. stycz from United States
    10 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

    I don't know what the critics expected this movie to be.. an actionflick? a thriller? a war movie? Actually it is a war movie. It showssome of the worst of what happened to human beings during WWII. Clooneyalso takes the time to allow us to meet these men, who could easilyhave stayed out of it. Who instead, made the heroic choice to putthemselves in great danger to save the soul of humanity – its art.Kudos to Clooney for not cheapening their story with the traditionalHollywood "flick". I did not know about this history event and I foundit interesting and absorbing and I fell in love with every one of thosemen and I thank them for what they did.

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