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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
  • Producers: Bryan Singer, Charlie Woebcken, Chris Brock, Chris Lee, Christoph Fisser
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: May 19 2009
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WG76BM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,492 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Unpretentious and dramatically straightforward, Valkyrie is a suspenseful yet ennobling story about the last attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler prior to the end of World War II. Tom Cruise is effective if a little opaque as hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who channels his anger at Hitler's atrocities and mismanagement of the war by joining a secret organization bent on killing the Führer. When the outspoken Stauffenberg hits on the idea of linking Hitler's death with an official policy to safeguard Berlin during a government crisis--a contingency plan called "Valkyrie"--the group realizes a post-assassination coup could be covered by rapidly implementing the plan. History tells us the plot failed, of course, and Hitler killed himself months later. But that doesn't stop Cruise or director Bryan Singer from approaching the film as a thinking person's thriller, told from inside the conspirators' camp, where the outcome of their deeds were uncertain for several tense hours.

In the tradition of The Great Escape, Valkyrie is a war movie full of famous faces, including Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard. (The lesser-known David Bamber is very good as Hitler, hunched and cracking under pressure.) The film's gravity is offset a bit by the fun of seeing all these actors in a factually-based slice of history, and by a few, interesting stylistic flourishes on Singer's part, including the peculiarly unsettling image of a mosquito sizzled to death in close-up. --Tom Keogh

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David W. Wildeboer on Aug. 13 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is based on real events: the last assassination attempt by German officers against Hitler and features the key figure in this as Tom Cruise plays Claus von Stauffenberg. Most of us may recall learning a very little in school about this event that took place on July 20th 1944, but how many of us know how important it was? The film explores that somewhat though more is brought out in the documentary on the BluRay disc. This was a full 2 hour documentary film (though the title escapes me and isn't listed on the product page - and I'm doing this review from work; shhh!) and I found it very interesting and engrossing - probably even more so than the feature which itself is very good. The documentary talks to the surviving plotters and family members and gives a very good background to why this attempt was made and also what the short and long term repercussions were for all involved. It is very good.

As for the film, it too is very well done and quite realistic. Boy, I love BluRay! What a crisp picture and excellent sound (hopefully my neighbors are ok with it!). The movie is excellent and the plot speeds along - but not too fast. Cruise was the perfect guy to play von Stauffenberg (watch the documentary, you'll agree). As for the criticisms when it came out that Cruise spoke American English, well the film starts with German and very quickly goes to English. Who cares! Watch it and enjoy it - and learn something!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Z on July 14 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a very good movie and I don't care what some critics have said about it. The story is just mesmerizing and keeps you on your toes for the whole movie. Tom Cruise does a good job and he is surrounded by a terrific cast, including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson and Terence Stamp. An excellent movie and Blu-ray picture and sound are also superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.H. on July 13 2011
Format: Blu-ray
One of the best WWII films ever made. The music reminds one of the brilliantly tense Tora Tora Tora, for those of us who appreciate such things. The acting is top-notch, from a Shakespeare-caliber cast. The events are true - as the director explains, he did not need to embellish anything, as the events themselves prove fantastically exciting on their own.

A highlight is the meeting with The Fuhrer... chilling. The filmakers successfully impart the sensation of holding court in the presence of Satan. Hats off to the real people who dared to do so.
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