George Clooney and Matt Damon team up to save history in the first trailer for The Monuments Men. Based on Robert M. Edsel non-fiction work of the same title, the film chronicles the mission of a World War II platoon, comprised of art historians, architects, and museum curators, who cross enemy lines to retrieve priceless pieces of stolen art. George Clooney also serves as co-writer, producer, and director on the project with a cast that includes Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men is scheduled for release on December 18th.
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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.