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Valkyrie
- Tom Cruise

Overview - Based on a the true story of cadre of Nazi officers who grew to oppose Hitler's murderous pursuits and made several attempts to kill him in the late stages of WWII, VALKYRIE features a top-flight cast, with drama and suspense in equal measure. The film is a stylistic departure for director Bryan Singer (X-MEN, X2) and star Tom Cruise, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and Nathan Alexander that is constructed like a heist film, with a team of like-minded men coming together for a common purpose and facing incredible odds.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on a the true story of cadre of Nazi officers who grew to oppose Hitler's murderous pursuits and made several attempts to kill him in the late stages of WWII, VALKYRIE features a top-flight cast, with drama and suspense in equal measure. The film is a stylistic departure for director Bryan Singer (X-MEN, X2) and star Tom Cruise, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and Nathan Alexander that is constructed like a heist film, with a team of like-minded men coming together for a common purpose and facing incredible odds. It is 1943, and though he has come to be disgusted by Hitler's campaign of evil, Count Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) has risen to the level of lieutenant colonel in the German army. Convinced that Hitler must die, Von Stauffenberg requests a transfer to Tunisia, where he loses his left eye and right hand during an Allied air raid. Falling in with a group of similarly disillusioned officers including Major General Henning von Tresckow (Kenneth Branagh), General Friedrich Olbricht (Bill Nighy), General Friedrich Fromm (Tom Wilkinson), and Colonel General Ludwig Beck (Terence Stamp), Stauffenberg is at the center of several attempts on Der Fuhrer's life, culminating in a bombing that kills a handful of his officers and leaves Hitler only slightly injured. Though advance photos of Cruise in Nazi uniform brought VALKYRIE negative publicity, his restrained performance is at the heart of this well-crafted, thinking person's action movie. He is bolstered by an incredible British cast including Branagh, Stamp, and Wilkinson, and by the film's dazzling art direction. Though it's a story to which viewers should already know the ending, Singer still creates ample suspense. The result is a taut and effective historical thriller.

Cast List

Bryan Singer - American director
Christopher McQuarrie - Screenwriter
Lilly Kilvert - Production Designer, THE LAST SAMURAI (2003)
Gilbert Adler - Producer/"Certain Fury"
Gil Adler - Producer/"Certain Fury"
Kenneth Branagh - British Director-Actor
Kevin McNally - Star, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (2006)
Kevin R. McNally - Star, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (2006)
Nathan Alexander - Screenwriter, VALKYRIE
Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Tom Sigel - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer, THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)
Bill Nighy - British actor, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, UNDERWORLD
Carice Van Houten - Actress In UNDERCOVER KITTY
John Ottman - Composer/Editor, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Eddie Izzard - British comic
Tom Cruise - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Patrick Lumb - Production Designer, THE OMEN (2006)
Terence Stamp - British actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883904138143
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for violence and brief strong language)
  • Release Date: February 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Suspense
Thriller
World War II
History
Assassination
Nazis
Theatrical Release
Germany
Hitler
Assassins
Nazi Germany

 
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Reviews:
"X-MEN director Bryan Singer and his USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie will keep you in the game....It's the palm-sweating suspense that counts." - 01/08/2008 Rolling Stone, p.120


"VALKYRIE is made with impeccable professionalism....There is a considerable amount of tension in VALKYRIE..." - 12/25/2008 Los Angeles Times


3 stars out of 4 -- "VALKYRIE is a meticulous thriller....The two best supporting performances are by Kenneth Branagh...and Tom Wilkinson, as a general who artfully plays both sides of the fence..." - 12/22/2008 Chicago Sun-Times


"VALKYRIE, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson..." -- Grade: B - 01/01/2009 Entertainment Weekly


3 stars out of 5 -- "As the coup kicks off, the drama truly grips." - 02/01/2009 Empire


"Cruise manages his part respectably, with a combination of ramrod posture, starched costumes and minimalist acting....VALKYRIE is a brutally efficient bit of storytelling..." - 12/25/2008 Washington Post

 
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