Released in cinemas today, The Monuments Men tells the incredible true story of a group of art historians, professors, and curators, who turned their hands to soldiering during WWII. Their mission: to rescue irreplaceable works of art that have been looted by the Nazis. Starring Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and The Artist's Jean DuJardin, this Ocean's World War II, but with a very important message. As Clooney's character says: "We're fighting for our culture and our way of life. If you destroy your enemy's achievements, it's as if they never existed. Arm yourself with the facts right now:
1. The film is based on the non-fiction book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
2. George Clooney’s Dad, Nick Clooney, makes a cameo in the film.
3. Daniel Craig was slated to star in the film, but had to pull out due to scheduling. Matt Damon took his place.
4. The original name of the unit was the ‘Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section.'
5. Over the course of the three-year mission, it’s estimated that the Monuments Men saved over 5 million precious artefacts.