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A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed.... read more read more... Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan--known as Operation Valkyrie--these men plot to assassinate the dictator and over-throw his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

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DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009

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  • May 30, 2013
    Anyone who has seen The Desert Fox will be familiar with this story, but instead of concentrating on Rommel, it examines the role of Claus Von Stauffenberg in the plot to assassinate Hitler after many of his officers began to question not only his tactics but his sanity. The them... read moree of the two films is actually very similar; to show that not all of the German military or its people were Nazis, and there were some who were willing to sacrifice their lives to try and stop him. For me the most interesting part of the film takes place after the bombing when a plan is implemented to take over Berlin and I had no idea how far it went into effect and how close it came to succeeding; I can't help but wonder how different the world would be now if Olbricht had shown a bit more backbone or the meeting hadn't been moved to an outside location. From a technical point of view, it's unsurprisingly very solid, with classy direction from Bryan Singer and quality performances all round, although as usual it is very difficult to divorce tiny Tom from his screen persona. In all it's a very interesting history lesson that inevitably suffers from the fact that we all know how the story is going to play out and suffers in comparison to the gut wrenching intensity of Downfall. A good, solid war film nonetheless.
  • February 12, 2013
    Historical drama. A number of inside attempts were made by Germans to assassinate Hitler. This movie tells the story of one of those plots. Tom Cruise leads a group of men to assassinate Hitler. Even though you know that Hitler committed suicide in real life, the movie makes you ... read morewish the outcome was different. Good story and cast. Only problem - everyone uses their own accents.
  • August 16, 2012
    They conquered all Europe, the Nazis, so how could they fail assassinating the one madman behind it all, I've often wondered. Singer manages to put a human face on the proceedings, a true explanation, though more actual German inclusion would've been welcome in this retort to t... read morehe countless "they're all evil" films out there. Tense and gripping, the work only suffers in that the subject is perhaps larger than a mere film can contain. Nonetheless a very good work.
  • February 9, 2012
    When this film came up in a thread awhile back I was shocked to hear Cruise playing a part, well I now eat those words with a side order of beans. Cruise finally grows up and gives the best performance I have seen in his career possibly, and the fact its in a proper decent film w... read morehich means something makes it even more powerful.

    An excellent film from start to finish is all I can say, very moving and extremely strong in performances. The whole film was very tense all the way, I could feel myself really sweating despite the fact I knew the outcome. You wanted them to succeed you really did, you think it will be alright and they could pull off a major political overthrow, the fact they don't does crush you at the is brilliantly done.
    Its not a heavy film laden down with heavy politics like some films can be, its very straight to the point and doesn't ease up anywhere. It shows how many people inside the Third Reich were against Hitler and his plans from high up officials all the way down the ranks. I never knew there were so many attempts at Hitler's life

    This is also a good film for the German people, I'm sure they have to endure much from films in the past where all Germans are portrayed as evil, this will balance the past somewhat I hope. It was also amazing to read at the end credits that Stauffenberg's wife only died in 2006!

    Every cast member is brilliant...the cast itself is A class, even the minor roles are played well. The look is perfect and seems historically accurate, the sets are all really impressive and wardrobe is spot on. There isn't much action in this film so don't be expecting the usual war film stereotype, its mainly talk, but the words are real, hard, powerful, based on fact and don't give you a moments pause as the tension and suspense builds to its heart breaking finish.

    Like 'Schindler's List' this is a serious film, not quite in the same league or as harsh of course but cannot be ignored. My only down point is maybe it would have been even better if all cast spoke in German and the film had English subs, that would have really been authentic but hard to do I guess. Full marks :)
  • November 7, 2011
    The true story of the plot to murder Adolf Hitler in 1944 is rather well known in Germany, but probably less so in other countries. The cast they combined for this is outstanding, probably could have used a few more Germans in German roles, but it's hard to complain about the sta... read morerpower meeting here. Director Singer takes on the events of those fateful days and goes through them very detailed but breathlessly exciting. Even if you know how it ends, you can't help but sit on the edge of your seat. It's pretty enthralling to see how close the war was to ending a year before it actually did. An interesting and very entertaining history lesson with top notch acting performances.
    Fun fact: no less than four actors in this film have also been in Pirates of the Caribbean 3.
  • October 24, 2011
    A near miss. There was a lot going for this one, including a strong cast, conspiracy-theory intrigue and a sizeable amount of action. Unfortunately, it took a while to get going, and overall, it just interrupts itself too often, spinning its wheels for most of the first hour befo... read morere the plot really takes off. A good enough movie, but nothing special. Catch it on TV some time.
  • August 25, 2011
    Bryan Singer's version of Valkyrie is the most thorough I've seen so far but for all the technicals they get right, they also let certain aspects slip. It did feel like an old war film for the 40s/50s but it lacked the charm. I'm looking forward to seeing Jo Baier's Stauffenberg ... read more(Operation Valkyrie) as I can't help but think that to tell the story properly, you have to film it in its native tongue. Not horrible but it still doesn't make up for Superman Returns Mr. Singer!
  • July 19, 2011
    Tom Cruise wanting to do a Schiendlers List emotional movie, or a pretty good World War II movie. I cant decide. Watch it and tell me what you think.
  • August 2, 2010
    Makes me think of Inglorious Basterds mixed with Minority Report. Hitler is the base, with the action and insubordination of Cruise.
  • July 29, 2010
    a really good world war 2 movie about a team of nazis who devise a plan to kill hitler. B+

Critic Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 7, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Valkyrie, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson, of Mission: Impossible and The Day of the Jackal. Full Review

Tom Huddlestone
January 23, 2009
Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

As old-fashioned historical escapism goes, this is solid, compelling stuff. Full Review

Peter Rainer
January 5, 2009
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Surely there is some middle ground between a history lesson and mindless action-adventure. The people who made Valkyrie not only didn't find that ground; they weren't even looking for it. Full Review

Richard Schickel
December 30, 2008
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
December 30, 2008
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

What if this lesser-known chapter of German resistance had been more deeply captured? What if the moral conflicts running through this movie about love of country and revolt said more about Germany, w... Full Review

Tom Maurstad
December 30, 2008
Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion. Full Review

J. R. Jones
December 30, 2008
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

As a suspense movie, this works pretty well. Full Review

Kenneth Turan
December 29, 2008
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Valkyrie is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accompl... Full Review

Connie Ogle
December 29, 2008
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander introduces a seemingly endless series of characters, but there's no time to flesh any of them out enough to make you worry about their fate. Full Review

David Edelstein
December 29, 2008
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Valkyrie doesn't whip you up like that Jewish vigilante avenger picture Defiance, but in this season of throat-grabbing Holocaust movies, its gentlemanliness is most welcome. Full Review

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    • Erwin von Witzleben: You may hand us over to the executioner, but in three months time, the disgusted and harried people will bring you to book and drag you alive through the dirt in the streets.
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