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Operation Valkyrie (2004)

Stauffenberg (original title)
In 1944, in fear of a complete German defeat in the World War II, a group of high command officers plot an attempt against Hitler, and one of the leaders of the conspiracy, Stauffenberg (... See full summary »

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Jo Baier

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Jo Baier
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Sebastian Koch ... Oberst Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg
Ulrich Tukur ... Henning von Tresckow
Hardy Krüger Jr. Hardy Krüger Jr. ... Werner von Haeften
Christopher Buchholz ... Berthold Graf von Stauffenberg
Nina Kunzendorf Nina Kunzendorf ... Nina Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Stefania Rocca ... Margarethe von Oven
Axel Milberg ... Generaloberst Friedrich Fromm
Olli Dittrich Olli Dittrich ... Joseph Goebbels
Katharina Rivilis Katharina Rivilis ... Polja
Karl-Heinz von Liebezeit Karl-Heinz von Liebezeit ... Oberfeldwebel Kolbe (as Karl Heinz von Liebezeit)
Michaela Wiebusch Michaela Wiebusch ... Sekretärin Alix von Winterfeldt
Michael Lott ... Schweizer
Christine Sommer Christine Sommer ... Deliah, 2. Sekretärin Stauffenberg
Thorsten Merten ... Peter Graf Yorck von Wartenburg
Joachim Bißmeier ... Generalfeldmarschall Erwin von Witzleben
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In 1944, in fear of a complete German defeat in the World War II, a group of high command officers plot an attempt against Hitler, and one of the leaders of the conspiracy, Stauffenberg (Sebastian Koch), goes to a meeting with the Fuhrer in charge of exploding the place. However, Hitler survives and the officers are executed. This unsuccessful operation was called "Valkyrie Operation", and this realistic movie discloses this true event. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He turned against an empire to save the world.


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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Hardy Krüger Jr. is the son of actor Hardy Krüger, who appeared in War and Remembrance (1988). That film also featured a subplot about Valkyrie. See more »

Goofs

After the first aircraft attack in the North African desert, Stauffenberg's new officer recruit, with whom he strikes up an immediate rapport, is killed in the communications truck, Stauffenberg is so outraged, that he picks up a framed photo of Adolph Hitler and throws it to the floor. The next scene has Stauffenberg's car pull along side another car carrying an unnamed general, who proceeds to give Stauffenberg some final directions. The unnamed general's red collar patch carrying the traditional gold motif is facing the wrong way, as it is the left hand patch positioned incorrectly on the right side. See more »

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Version of Die Stunde der Offiziere (2004) See more »

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Tremendous Event, Average Acting, Weak Storyline
26 February 2004 | by nevenbartelSee all my reviews

The assassination attempt on Hitler in July, 1944 is one of the most important events in modern German history. It has been reconstructed dozens of times - none have really been successful. "Es Geschah am 20. Juli" and "Der 20. Juli", both in 1955, were the first early attempts of "Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung" in Germany, both were made for the cinema screen, both with well-known actors of the time that were old enough to experience the event.

Several re-filmings (To name two more successful ones: Operation Walküre, The Plot to Kill Hitler) were less successful. Filming in color was not enough to make a good story out of a weak one.

"Stauffenberg", on German TV was a much advertised and, rumor has it, expensive event. The cast filled with actors the audience is used to seeing on TV, not one a really good one.

The plot is ok, but runs through the timeline very quickly, starting in 1933 and running to the Summer of 1944 in about 3-4 minutes, without delivering any input. Too little emphasis is placed on the historical context to show the drama of the situation, and if the attempt was to portray the characters decently, not enough is done here. Without historical knowledge of the time, it is hard to follow the characters, their roles and positions.

Hitler and Goebbels (portrayed by Udo Schenk and Olli Dittrich) both look like they have just climbed out of their tombs. The attempt to make them look really evil, fails. In his short appearance, Olli Dittrich makes of Goebbels an insecure, hysterical zombie - it made me laugh.

A few moments of the film did keep me on edge, although I knew the outcome, especially shortly before the execution of Stauffenberg and the other "enemies of the state" - a plus.

Yet: I am still waiting for THE excellent portrayal of the event.


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25 February 2004 (Germany) See more »

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