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GE­oRGE Clooney takes a band of broth­ers to Europe to lib­er­ate some art master­pieces from a das­tardly vil­lain. sounds like an Ocean’s Eleven se­quel, doesn’t it? Well, the only sim­i­lar­ity The Mon­u­ments Men has with that hit ca­per fran­chise is the fact that it stars Clooney and his friends.

Di­rected by Clooney him­self, the film is based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Ed­sel, which in turn is based on the true story of the Mon­u­ments, fine Arts and Ar­chives pro­gramme, a band of Al­lied soldiers in WWII tasked to find the count­less, price­less pieces of art and cul­tur­ally-sig­nif­i­cant arte­facts stolen by the nazis, and mak­ing sure they sur­vive the war.

These seven “soldiers” (they’re ac­tu­ally mu­seum di­rec­tors, cu­ra­tors and art his­to­ri­ans) – lt frank stoke (Clooney), lt James Granger (Matt Damon), sgt Richard Camp­bell (Bill Mur­ray), sgt Wal­ter Garfield (John Good­man), lt Jean Claude Cler­mont (Jean Du­jardin), pvt pre­ston savitz (Bob Bal­a­ban), and lt Don­ald Jef­fries (Hugh Bon­neville) – have to race against time to save these art­works be­fore Hitler de­stroys them all or they fall into the hands of the Rus­sians.

This mar­ket­ing for this movie painted the pretty pic­ture (par­don the pun) of an en­sem­ble

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