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Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn. Read critic reviews

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Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) serves Germany with loyalty and pride but fears that Hitler will destroy his country if allowed to run unchecked. With time running out for Germany and the rest of Europe, von Stauffenberg joins a group of like-minded, high-ranking men who want to overthrow the Nazi regime from within. With everything he holds dear in the balance, von Stauffenberg becomes the trigger man in a plot to assassinate the evil dictator.

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Tom Cruise
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh
Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy
Friedrich Olbricht
Tom Wilkinson
Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten
Nina von Stauffenberg
Thomas Kretschmann
Otto Ernst Remer
Eddie Izzard
Erich Fellgiebel
Terence Stamp
Ludwig Beck
Christian Berkel
Mertz von Quirnheim
John Ottman
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Lilly Kilvert
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Patrick Lumb
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Newton Thomas Sigel
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John Ottman
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Joanna Johnston
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  • Aug 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 the 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.
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  • May 28, 2012
    Valkyrie is a compelling and thrilling historical drama about a fascinating chapter in history. Based on a true story, the film recounts a daring coup that attempted to assassinate Hitler and seize control of the German government. The cast is stellar, and includes Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Terence Stamp, who all give excellent performances. And, director Bryan Singer is able to keep the story thrilling and suspenseful, even though the outcome is already known. Valkyrie is a powerful and captivating film with an inspiring story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Valkyrie is a interesting, truthful, and historic World War II film that shows that not everyone in Hitler's army was loyal to him. It follows a group of German soldiers who devise a plan to kill Adolf Hitler, and with such an interesting premise it would have very high expectatations, and sadly it is not as great as everyone had hoped for. First of all, if you know anything about this war you know from the start this plan will ultimately fail, but its the journey and the history that keeps the audience interested and the very good performances. The characters are very flat however, we know very little about these men other than they want to kill Hitler for some reason, possibly because they have a conscience but they do not fully explain. What saves the characters is the good performances from Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, and more that make this a very good ensemble cast. The suspense in the film is what kept me watching, this is a very thrilling film and it gave me chills in some moments, if you want a suspensful film than this is a good one to check out. One flaw I found with the film is the major historical inaccuracy, I had no idea what Operation Valkyrie was when seeing the film and even I could tell what stuff they either made up or exaggerated for the audience.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2011
    Another example of Hollywood taking an interesting concept and using it to bore the crap out of people. Something tells me this was just an excuse to get actors to dress up in those bad ass Nazi uniforms. And would someone please tell me why Hitler had a german accent, but nobody else did.
    Alex M Super Reviewer

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