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Valkyrie (2008)

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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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$83,077,470 (USA) (10 April 2009)
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Initially, Germany's Ministry of Defense would not allow filming on Bendler Block. They relented after appeals from Tom Cruise and screenwriter/producer Christopher McQuarrie. The entire crew started every night of filming with a moment of silence in memory of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. See more »

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The first two sequences are out of historical sequence. Henning Von Treskow attempted to blow up Adolf Hitler's plane as it flew from Smolensk to Rastenburg on March 13, 1943. The P-40 fighter-bomber attack by the American 33rd Fighter Group crippled Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg on April 7, 1943. See more »

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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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References The Night of the Generals (1967) See more »

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They'll Remember You
Written by John Ottman and Lior Rosner
Orchestrated by Lior Rosner
Performed by the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Mezzo Soprano: Sylke Schwab
Conductor: Günther Joseck (as Günter Joseck)
German Language Music Consultant: Lee Rothfarb, Ph.D.
Lyrics adapted from Wanderer's Nachtlied II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
The Rundfunkchor Berlin is an ensemble of The Rundfunkchor-Orchestra und Chöre GmbH Berlin
Shareholders are Deutschlandradio, The Federal Republic of Germany, The Federal State of Berlin and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting Service
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27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ignore the silly comments of some critics who want this movie to fail. Schickel, Ebert and the L.A. Times got it right. If you're a World War II history buff like me, you'll appreciate the fine effort that is Valkyrie. It shows that American filmmakers as unlikely as Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer can compete with the likes of the Downfall creators in handling such subject matter. Like World War II itself, the full story of the July 20 plot is long and intricate and cannot be fully told in the confines of a two hour feature film. There are certainly many peripherals to the story - its tentacles ran deep into the Nazi diaspora; thousands were executed or "disappeared" (including Irwin Rommel who was not portrayed in the film) - to say nothing of the mixed motives in those Germans wishing to see Hitler dead. These are all subjects that have already been explored and no doubt will be again in the future. Suffice to say, Singer and editor/composer John Ottman focused on the heart of this story: Hitler was destroying Germany/Europe and the July 20 plotters bucked the odds to stop him. The performances from this exceptional cast are first rate. Think what you want about Tom Cruise and Scientology - I'm no big fan of either - but judge the work on its merits. Cruise may not win an Oscar for his portrayal of von Stauffenberg, but he more than gets the job done. In terms of scope, the locations, battle scenes, costumes/uniforms, staging/settings, you can't ask for more in a WWII movie. There's nothing fake, nothing phony to spoil the period experience and vfx are seamless as they should be. If you're expecting a formula Hollywood thriller a la Bourne or M.I., you may be disappointed, but as a serious adult drama Valkyrie delivers the goods. It took some balls to make this movie and UA has earned its kudos.


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