War-drama film “The Monuments Men” by George Clooney

Release date: February 7, 2014 (USA)
Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville

Poster of "The Monuments Men"

The Monuments Men

It was the greatest art heist in history

Director: George Clooney
Screenwriters: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

The screenplay of this movie was based on Robert M. Edsel’s non-fiction book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”.

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

“The Monuments Men” Cast in Stills

George Clooney as Lt. Frank Stokes
Character Lt. Frank Stokes was loosely based on real man George L. Stout.

George Leslie Stout (1897 – 1978) was an American art conservation specialist and museum director who founded the first laboratory in the United States to study art conservation, as well as the first journal on the subject of art conservation. During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army unit devoted to recovering art, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section (MFAA), a.k.a. “The Monuments Men.”

George Clooney as Lt. Frank Stokes in "The Monuments Men"

Matt Damon as Lt. James Granger
Character Lt. James Granger was loosely based on James Rorimer

James Joseph Rorimer (September 7, 1905 – May 11, 1966), was an American museum curator and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was a primary force behind the creation of the Cloisters, a branch of the museum dedicated to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe. During World War II, Rorimer served in the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section, a.k.a. the “Monuments Men,” protecting cultural sites and recovering stolen art work.

Matt Damon as Lt. James Granger in "The Monuments Men"

Bill Murray as Sgt. Richard Campbell
Character Sgt. Richard Campbell was loosely based on Ralph Warner Hammett and Robert K. Posey

Bill Murray as Sgt. Richard Campbell in "The Monuments Men"

Hugh Bonneville as Lt. Donald Jeffries
Character Lt. Donald Jeffries was loosely based on Ronald E. Balfour

Ronald Edmund Balfour (b.1904 – d.10 March 1945, Kleve) was a British medieval historian and a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. During World War II, he served with the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section (MFAA) of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and was killed by shellfire near Kleve while operating beyond the Allied frontline, seeking out artworks to be protected from war damage.

Hugh Bonneville as Lt. Donald Jeffries in "The Monuments Men"

Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone
Character Claire Simone was loosely based on Rose Valland

Rose Antonia Maria Valland (1 November 1898 – 18 September 1980) was a French art historian, a member of the French Resistance, a captain in the French military, and one of the most decorated women in French history. She secretly recorded details of the Nazi plundering of National French and private Jewish-owned art from France, and working with the French Resistance, saved thousands of works of art.

Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone in "The Monuments Men"

John Goodman as Sgt. Walter Garfield
Character Sgt. Walter Garfield was loosely based on Walker Hancock

John Goodman as Sgt. Walter Garfield in "The Monuments Men"

Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz (at the left)
Character Pvt. Preston Savitz was loosely based on Lincoln Kirstein

Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz in "The Monuments Men"

Jean Dujardin as Lt. Jean-Claude Clermont

Jean Dujardin as Lt. Jean-Claude Clermont in "The Monuments Men"

And also:

Sam Hazeldine as Colonel Langton
Dimitri Leonidas as Pvt. Sam Epstein (based on Harry L. Ettlinger)
Grant Heslov as the Army Field Surgeon
Miles Jupp as Major Fielding
Nick Clooney as old Lt. Frank Stokes

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