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Actors: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Based on the true event, Colonel von Stauffenberg and his fellow officers attempt to assassinate the F»uhrer.
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Pam R. (RAT) from GALLIPOLIS, OH
Reviewed on 11/3/2012...
I havent seen this movie but i did watch a doctumantary on this including the real people that had done it. Im not sure but it sounds like everyone is saying he was assassinated in the end. which is not true he lived as did his girlfriend which after the war they got married and had kids they also moved to newyork if im remembering right. His wifes father was going to be hung and her mom was sent to Auschwitz but in the end he lived and did his wife and her parents which is something that rarely happens duning the Nazi invasion. So It seems as though the movie got the facts wrong because he did not die!! The man with the briefcase in the attempt to kill Hitler survived the war to live and tell the story!! btw if you want to watch the doctumantary its on netflix its called Surviving Hitler : A love story.
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Peter C. from ROSEVILLE, MN
Reviewed on 8/3/2012...
This movie is rated 3.5 stars and for those of us who love history, especially the recent eras, this is your movie. It is the story of the July 20, 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Based on true events it leads up to the final attempt, which almost succeeded, and tells the outcome and what happened afterward. Tom Cruise, in a different kind of role for him, plays Count von Stauffenberg, a colonel who has lost an eye and a hand in the war. He and other high-ranking German officers were disillusioned with Hitler, who had promised them victories and brought them only defeat. This movie has suspense and action as we see Stauffenberg riding to a meeting at the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters on the Prussian front. Stauffenberg is carrying a briefcase with a bomb inside which he hopes will blow up the building and kill the madman that is leading them to destruction. Stauffenberg escapes--amazingly, he simply walks out of the conference room, something never done in Hitler's presence--and leaves the bomb beside the leg of the solid oak table. What saved Hitler was that another officer saw the briefcase and moved it out of Hitler's way.
It would be the last major assassination attempt on Hitler, and nine months later the war would be over, Hitler would be dead, and Stauffenberg, caught and executed by the SS and Gestapo, would be a hero. He still is.
Sandra W. from HAGERSTOWN, MD
Reviewed on 3/2/2011...
Despite the fact that I have no love for Tom Cruise, this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I read a lot about this one before and while it was being filmed. The accent problem of Cruise's in addition to his less than mediocre acting made this dreadful depiction of Claus von Stauffenberg's part in a plot to kill Hitler much less than it really was and von Stauffenberg much less of a figure than he was in real life.
Germany and the von Stauffenberg family were horrified that we would send Tom Cruise, a member of the Church of Scientology to Germany. Germany considers it a cult, totalitarian, exploitative and oppressive of the individual. As I read in one scathing critique, putting Tom Cruise in this role was like casting Judas as Jesus. Von Stauffenberg to this day is a hero in Germany and wreaths lie at the place where he was executed. The German government gave clear orders that nothing was to be filmed at the German Ministry, but it was. Instead of going to the government and appealing for permission, those handling this went through another channel and got permission elsewhere. This is a movie that never should have been made, and it barely made a profit. The picture cost $75 million to make and brought in $83 million at the box office. Not anywhere near a blockbuster.
If you watch the German subtitled movie "Downfall", the acting puts movies like Valkyrie to shame.
And by the way, Hitler was no dummy when it came to these assassination plots. When in rooms with groups of people, he tended to place himself near posts or poles or in places where he would have a better chance of survival if a bomb did go off. There was a barrier or something between him and an imagined or real bomb.
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