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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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Did You Know?


Three actors in the movie are born on December 12: Kenneth Cranham in 1944, Tom Wilkinson in 1948 and Bill Nighy in 1949. See more »


(at around 1h 40 mins) In the ensuing gunfight at the Bendlerblock (Headquarters of the Army) Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was actually wearing his white summer uniform jacket, not the Wehrmacht (Army) uniform as shown in the movie. 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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19 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies I've seen in years. In the world where special effects and cheesy plots make 99% of all films, "Valkyrie" delivers psychological thriller with a lesson in history. I saw this movie with my 9 year old son who is a big Military Fan. In the eyes of a 9 year old boy - the World consists of "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys". I hope that this movie will allow him to recognize that the World is little more complex than "Black & White" or "Good & Bad". This movie is the first film I have ever seen that presents German People as human beings trapped in the wheels of a spinning war machine, and not merely monsters responsible for all WWII atrocities. The movie illustrates political ties and relationships between Army and SS which were at the heart of Hitler's grip on the Reich.

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