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Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.2/10 (85,138 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten

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.

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander

Tom Cruise - Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh - Major-General Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy - General Friedrich Olbricht
Tom Wilkinson - General Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten - Nina von Stauffenberg
Thomas Kretschmann - Major Otto Ernst Remer
Terence Stamp - Ludwig Beck
Eddie Izzard - General Erich Fellgiebel
Kevin McNally - Dr. Carl Goerdeler (as Kevin R. McNally)
Christian Berkel - Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim
Jamie Parker - Lieutenant Werner von Haeften
David Bamber - Adolf Hitler
Tom Hollander - Colonel Heinz Brandt
David Schofield - Erwin von Witzleben
Kenneth Cranham - Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel

Taglines: Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | TFM Distribution [France] |

Release Date: 25 December 2008

Filming Locations: Barton Flats, San Bernardino Mountains, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,027,007 (USA) (28 December 2008) (2711 Screens)

Gross: $200,276,784 (Worldwide) (16 April 2009)

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Did You Know?

Carice van Houten, Waldemar Kobus, Christian Berkel and Halina Reijn appeared in Black Book, Paul Verhoeven's movie based on World War II.

Continuity: When Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and Haeften arrive at the Wolf's Lair on July 15th, Haeften can be seen descending from the car twice.

[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.

User Review

Great movie and thank god for IMDb!

Rating: 8/10

First, I want to say that some time ago I learned to distrust critics and instead read the reviews here on IMDb. I've never been misled, even when an equal number of viewers liked and disliked the same movie because that let me know there was a matter of taste in play, and that's fine. Sometimes a movie pleases everyone, but that's so rare I cant really think of one. People have different tastes and that's good. But the value of IMDb reviews is that they are based on a genuine response to the movie - not a bias, or some other agenda.

For example, the Fox critic Roger Friedman listed this movie as one of the worst of 2008 - without having seen the movie. That's right. He rated it without seeing it. It was a classic and reprehensible case of bias and perhaps even bigotry since he was engaging in Tom Cruise bashing which is usually practiced in conjunction with dissing Tom's religion.

So I don't trust critics to tell the truth or give an unbiased review.

I saw Valkyrie and enjoyed it immensely. I've studied the Hitler period and was familiar with most of the events but the movie educated me while it thrilled and entertained me. It is a movie I was happy to take my teen-aged children to see because it also educated and entertained them. I thought the cast did a great job. The script was outstanding and the direction excellent. Tom Cruise gave a dimension to Von Stauffenberg that deepened my understanding of the events. The supporting cast were brilliant.

I highly recommend it.

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