Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, History, Thriller


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A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.


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Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander

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27 December 2008 | J_Trex
8
| Excellent Historical Drama
It was curious timing to release this film on Christmas Day. As David Letterman quipped on last night's monologue: "Nothing says Holidays like a good Nazi death plot".

Release timing not withstanding, this is a very powerful movie and by all accounts comports with the historical record. There was little embellishment for dramatic effect here. Hitler murder conspiracy dramas are abundant in Hollywood, but this one actually happened and was nearly successful. The story is riveting, and even though the outcome was already known (at least to anyone who had a rudimentary knowledge of WWII), the excitement level was sustained by not really knowing the precise timing of events or, more importantly, who would be spared in the end.

Tom Cruise was very good in the lead role as the chief conspirator (Col. von Stauffenberg). The rest of the cast was first rate, including Tom Wilkinson as Gen'l Fromm, a Nazi head honcho who was playing both sides of the fence, and many other notable actors, such as Kenneth Branagh and Terence Stamp, all excellent.

For fans of "Downfall", the German film documenting Hitler's final week in the bunker (one of the all time great WWII films and #75 on the IMDb top 250), there were two actors from that movie playing in this one. Thomas Kretschmann and Christian Berkel both were key figures in "Downfall" had supporting roles in this film.

For people with an interest in WWII or history in general, this is one film worth checking out.

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Details

Release Date:

25 December 2008

Language

English, German


Country of Origin

USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK

Filming Locations

Beelitz-Heilstätten, Beelitz, Brandenburg, Germany

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,027,007 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$83,077,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,545,517

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