- Cast: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sam Hazeldine, Dimitri Leonidas, Lee Asquith-Coe, Mark Badham, Adrian Bouchet, Zahary Baharov, Alan Bond, James Michael Rankin, Justus von Dohnányi, Stuart Matthews, Graham Curry, Adam Prickett, Xavier Laurent, Marco Flammer, Matthew John Morley, James Ayling, Andrew James Porter, Colin Coombs, Morris Minelli, Andrew Byron, Andrew Alexander, David L. Price
- Director: George Clooney
- Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
- Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
- Co Producers: Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
- Executive Producer: Barbara A. Hall
- Art Direction: Helen Jarvis
- Casting: Jina Jay
- Costume Design: Louise Frogley
- D.O.P.: Phedon Papamichael
- Editor: Stephen Mirrione
- Makeup: Christine Beveridge
- Music: Alexandre Desplat
- Production Design: James D. Bissell
- Set Decoration: Bernhard Henrich
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" is an action-thriller 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; East Sussex, UK
- Production Budget: $55 million
- Production Companies: Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Studio Babelsberg
- Production Schedule: 4 March 2013 - 26 June 2013
2013 Guide Analysis: "If there is one obvious awards front runner for this year right off the bat, it's George Clooney's big-budget hunt for Nazi-stolen art treasure project which is slated to begin shooting in March in Europe. A good portion of the crew behind Ben Affleck's "Argo" will serve in the same capacities here, though Clooney himself is stepping into the director's chair and is co-writing the script with his producing partner Grant Heslov.
The story is an adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book about a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the U.S. government to retrieve artwork taken by the Nazis during World War II. The team of American and British museum directors, curators, and art historians all came together to find and return the treasures which Hitler systematically emptied from the museums and private collections of Europe.
The action is set in the last eleven months of the war with the group sometimes working behind enemy lines. The tone is expected to be akin to "Argo" - mixing dramatic thriller elements with caper thrills in a crowd-pleasing package with a classy pedigree. For those after something with more dramatic weight, check out the documentary that has already been made on the subject - 2006's "The Rape of Europa" - which made the Oscars documentary shortlist.
Clooney has landed an incredible cast for the story with the likes of Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin and Bob Balaban already attached. The big question is, will they be able to finish the movie in time? With rumors that the award nominations cut off date could be moved up this year to accommodate an earlier ceremony, this is the highest profile project that might not make the deadline as it is already going to have to hustle to meet its mid-December release. Can it be done in time?"