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Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.


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In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.


Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rubicon  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,027,007 (USA) (26 December 2008)


$83,077,470 (USA) (10 April 2009)

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Patrick Wilson was originally cast in the film but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


(at around 52 minutes) Colonel Stauffenberg travels to and from secret meetings with Hitler in a Mercedes-Benz convertible. If you look closely at the front chrome grill, you can clearly see shiny outlines of various emblems that were removed prior to filming. The emblems are placed on Mercedes-Benz cars by their owners to indicate milestones in mileage, etc. They would never have been on a Nazi car. See more »


[first lines]
soldiers in unison: I swear by God this sacred oath: That I shall render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer of the German Reich and people, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and that I shall at all times be ready, as a brave soldier, to give my life for this oath.
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Version of It Happened on July 20th (1955) See more »


Für Eine Nacht Voller Seligkeit
Written by Peter Kreuder and Guenther Schwenn
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User Reviews

The Failed Plot Against Tom Cruise
9 January 2009 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm appalled at the way the specialized and not so specialized media attacked Tom Cruise for this movie. Why? He's not just good but very good in his against type performance. I've heard critics calling him "distractingly bad", how ridiculous and nasty. The film by the great craftsman Bryan Singer is a suspenseful, beautifully made historical thriller with a remarkable attention to detail. In an effort to be accurate the Jews are never mention because in fact the attempt to assassinate Hitler had nothing to do with that. The real reason? The war had turned against the Germans, it was clear that they were entering a down spiral and Hitler's madness was at the center of that. Regardless of the fact we know how the story ends, the movie manages to be a gripping tale based on real events. Well done Mr.Cruise, you won! Your Valkyrie is performing stupendously at the almighty box office.

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