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The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Thriller | TV Movie 30 January 1990
"The Plot to Kill Hitler" is a historical recreation of the 1944 attempt by several German High Command Officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take control of the German government. Lead ... See full summary »

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Countess Nina von Stauffenberg (as Madolyn Smith)
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Gen. Beck
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Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
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Gen. Olbricht
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Prof. Joseph Goebbels
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Axel von dem Bussche
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Adolf Hitler
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Christoph Eichhorn ...
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"The Plot to Kill Hitler" is a historical recreation of the 1944 attempt by several German High Command Officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take control of the German government. Lead by Wehrmacht Colonel Count von Staufenberg, this group of brave men managed to plant a bomb in Hitler's battlefield headquarters. By sheer luck, Hitler survived the blast and the SS quickly arrested and executed all those involved in the affair. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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30 January 1990 (USA)  »

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The field cap worn by Stauffenberg in North Africa at the beginning of the movie has two metal insignia pinned to the front. Actual caps had cloth sew-on insignia. Also, Stauffenberg wears a neatly knotted tie, but ties were not worn by German troops anywhere in the front lines, especially in the heat of the North African desert. See more »

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Count Claus von Stauffenberg: If it came down to an all-out struggle between our Army and the SS, where would you stand?
General Fromm: With those left standing.
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Version of Stauffenberg (2004) See more »

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A little less conversation, a little more action
22 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

The plot to kill Hitler was a failure. And the film? Hmm. A partial success!

The lead cast all give competent performances and deliver the dialogue in unconvincing German-American accents. Except for Mike Gwilym (Hitler), who delivered his lines in a bizarre Welsh-German accent (which does actually work better) for this film before apparently going into retirement aged 40. If only Hitler had done the same!

Some of the supporting actors, for example Ian Richardson as General Beck and Helmut Griem (who may have had an advantage with the accent), as Rommel, make more impression.

I understand the film is historically accurate, but the pace is all a bit flat. OK, it's aimed at a 'family' audience. But really, a little less conversation, a little more action would have been welcome.

This is not a film I'd want to watch again.


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