Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men 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.
In Theaters: February 7th, 2014
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
A Bit about the real “Monuments Men”.
The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comprised the MFAA section during World War II. Together they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, they tracked, located, and in the years that followed returned more than five million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural treasures was without precedent.
The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt and the support of General Eisenhower, but no vehicles, gasoline, typewriters, or authority.
Middle-aged family men, walked away from successful careers into the epicenter of the war, risking—and some losing—their lives.
If you wish to know more about the real “Monuments Men”, you can find the book that was the basis for the movie at your local book store.
I had a grandfather who passed away in 2010 and he served in World War II. He served his country in the Pacific for three long years away from my grandmother. If any of you had a family member who served in WWII who are still with us today, let them know how much we thank them for their service in keeping this great nation free!
I didn’t get that chance with my grandfather due to the distance of where he lived when he passed. I loved my grandfather dearly and consider him one my heroes! The generation who freed the world from evil is leaving this great planet everyday, lets not forget them!