PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
The German vehicle (A "Kubelwagen") commandeered by Epstein and Stokes is eventually adorned with a hand-painted star in a circle on its side, redesignating it as a U.S. military vehicle. This is a recreation of an actual photograph taken during the war of a member of the Monuments Men driving the exact same model vehicle, complete with a hand-painted circled star on the side door. The recreation in the film is perfect, right down to the American military trailer it pulls behind it.
Who would make sure that the statue of David is still standing or the Mona Lisa is still smiling? Who will protect her?
When the German trooper says "John Wayne" as a household name, it is unlikely the average GI would make a connection. Wayne made B Pictures for years after Stagecoach (1939) and would not achieve international fame until the end of the 40s.
At the beginning of the end credits there are black and white photos of the real Monuments Men with some of the art they saved.
English, German, Russian, French, Flemish, Dutch
$22,700,000 (USA) (9 February 2014)