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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... 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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Germany | Austria | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 February 2004 (Germany) See more »

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Better than Cruise's version
18 July 2009 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

This film was made in Germany for a lot less than what Tom Cruise made his overpriced epic for... and it is a far better movie.

What does it do right. Hey, for starters, it's in German. You get the feel for the language and the culture that you simply don't get with Cruise's overpaid Hollywood buddies doing bad optional German accents.

Secondly, it's a more honest look at Von Stauffenburg the man. Von Stauffenburg was a guy who initially supported the Nazis. (In fact, almost all of the July 20 conspirators did, they only turned against Hitler when Germany started losing the war. Kind of like Congressional Democrats!) You also see how his religious convictions guided him. Certainly, God would endorse his actions because he was in the right. (Well, uh, no. What a kookie prankster, that God.)

Essentially, you get less drama, more character interplay and study. Almost all the same characters are here in this film. The only character who is kind of given the short shift is Hitler himself. He only appears in two scenes and get very little dialog. Sorry, if you are going to make a film about killing Hitler, we need to see more Hitler.

Historical details are gotten right. For instance, General Beck commits suicide, but this movie points out he botched his attempt and had to be finished off. This one focuses on Von Stauffenburg more, while Cruises version goes into strange discussions of internal German politics that slowed down the plot.

Now, the only reason this film is getting a second look is because some clever people decided to re-release it alongside the Cruise movie.


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