THE MONUMENTS MEN, directed by and starring George Clooney, is a dramatic thriller based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
Based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, THE MONUMENTS MEN reunites Clooney with long-time producing and writing partner Grant Heslov in their first production since winning the Academy Award® for Best Picture for Argo.
Clooney is joined on-screen by an internationally acclaimed ensemble cast including: Matt Damon (Ocean’s Eleven, The Bourne Identity); Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters); John Goodman (Argo, The Big Lebowski); Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom); Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings, Elizabeth) and Dimitri Leonidas (Centurion, Tormented).
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, THE MONUMENTS MEN focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by the Allies 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 an M-1 gun – 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.
The distinguished creative team behind the film reunites Clooney with previous collaborators including Director of Photography Phedon Papamichael ASC (The Descendants, Nebraska), Oscar®-nominated Production Designer Jim Bissell (Good Night, and Good Luck., 300), Academy Award®-winning editor Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. (Traffic), Costume Designer Louise Frogley (The Ides of March, Syriana), with a score from five-time Oscar® nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech, Argo).
THE MONUMENTS MEN will open in the UK on 9 January 2014, distributed by 20th Century Fox.