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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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Some scenes had to be re-shot when the original film was destroyed after being treated with the wrong chemical during development. See more »


When Stauffenberg changes in the room before setting the bomb, the cut on his neck disappears when he exits. 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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26 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a hauntingly suspenseful film. Though we all know the outcome of the events that took place, you still hold your breath as the events unfold. I haven't felt like this about a film since "13 days" never realizing (as I wasn't there) how close things really came! The whole cast was powerful, that being said I felt that it could have been a little longer. I wish the film spent more time with Tom's character so we could know a little bit more about him but with the screen time he had he made it clear that their were two sides. Those who wanted to over throw Hitler and where Men of action and those who just wanted to sit around talking about doing it. It is clear that Tom's character was driven by taking action, just wished we knew a little bit more about him.

After the film my friend and I were debating on what parts of the story were true or what was embellished. Im very certain the characters kids playing the record "Flight of the Valkarie" was completely fictionalized and even a bit out of place, or perhaps too obvious would be the best choice of words. However that was my only real complaint to the makers of the film. Other than that it was really well done and have a pretty good feeling that the story will stick with me for a long time. Cause lets face it, these conspirators REA-A-A-L-Y came close to pulling it off. I was actually surprised at how close they got to winning and over throwing Hitler. I could just recall something about the bomb going off and the table top was the only thing that saved him back when they were telling me about this in High school. Even then a bit of curiosity sparked in my mind but that was it.

This film really flushed everything out and shed some light and give a "wider scope" on the people of Germany and like the trailer said "To show the world that we are not all like him" Its definitely a film to be proud of.

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