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Valkyrie (2008)

Valkyrie Movie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: December 25th, 2008
Release Date: 23rd January, 2009

Synopsis: Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler’s once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation’s government. He must kill Hitler himself.


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About the Movie

Valkyrie is a 2008 historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during World War II. The film depicts the July 20, 1944 plot by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country. Valkyrie was directed by Bryan Singer under the American studio United Artists, and the film stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the key plotters. Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson are also featured as fellow plotters.

Cruise’s casting caused controversy among German politicians and members of von Stauffenberg’s family because of the actor’s practice of Scientology, which is viewed with suspicion in the country. German newspapers and filmmakers supported the film to spread global awareness of von Stauffenberg’s plot. The filmmakers initially had difficulty setting up filming locations in Germany due to the controversy, but they were later given leeway to film in locations pertaining to the film’s story, such as Berlin’s historic Bendlerblock.

The film changed release dates several times, from as early as June 27, 2008 to as late as February 14, 2009. The changing calendar and poor response to United Artists’s initial marketing campaign drew criticism about the studio’s viability. After a positive test screening, Valkyrie’s release in North America was ultimately changed to December 25, 2008. United Artists renewed its marketing campaign to reduce its focus on Cruise and to highlight Singer’s credentials. The film has received mixed reviews in the United States. It opened commercially in Germany on January 22, 2009, where reports were mixed about the German reception of the film. To date, Valkyrie has grossed a total of over $200 million worldwide.

'Valkyrie' Stars

Bill Nighy, Bryan Singer, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Kenneth Branagh, Thomas Kretschmann, Tom Cruise, Tom Wilkinson

'Valkyrie' Movie Links

Official Valkyrie Movie Website
Valkyrie on IMDb

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2 Comments on “Valkyrie”

  1.   Mikey-11 said on September 9th, 2008:

    Looks interesting. Just don’t know if Tom Cruise can pull it off. The film does have a good cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard & Carice van Houten. Bryan Singer needs a hit!

  2.   Chris Z said on January 14th, 2011:

    A decent flick, but casting although good on paper seemed to not quite sit well with me.

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