Operation Valkyrie 2004 PG-13

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Operation Valkyrie tells the astonishing true story of a bold German plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler - and the man who risked everything to make it happen. Sebastian Kock (The Lives of Others) stars as Claus von Stauddenberg, a once-idealistic German army colonel whose exposure to wartime atrocities and personal battle injuries move him to conspire to eliminate the power-crazed F?hrer. The heroic tale remains a fascinating, must-see example of the German resistance to Hitler's oppression.

Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
1 hour 36 minutes

Operation Valkyrie

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Jo Baier
Starring Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
Supporting actors Hardy Krüger Jr., Christopher Buchholz, Nina Kunzendorf, Stefania Rocca, Axel Milberg, Olli Dittrich, Katharina Rivilis, Karl-Heinz von Liebezeit, Michaela Wiebusch, Michael Lott, Christine Sommer, Thorsten Merten, Joachim Bißmeier, Enrico Mutti, Rainer Bock, Ronald Nitschke, David C. Bunners, Milan Peschel
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This is a subtle, slowly paced, and masterfully acted little film.
J from NY
This was a great movie,kind of reminds me of some 1960's movies but with new technology!Tom Cruise was good in the lead role and the supporting players good as well.
Captain Kirk 2013
Junge's rare insider account reveals the ultimate tragedy of this episode in history - a tragedy not even touched on in "Operation Valkyrie."
R. Schultz

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J from NY VINE VOICE on March 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Jo Baier and company did an excellent job (better, I daresay, than Bryan Singer) of resurrecting a very dark period in German history that produced very few heroes--except, of course, the men who are the subject of the film.

By now the story is well known. A disgruntled group of German SA officers, disgusted at the evil entity Germany had become and well aware that Hitler was driving their country into the ground, decide to assassinate one of history's most monstrous figures--Adolf Hitler. On July 22, 1944 a tall general with one eye and one hand decided to do just that while the rest talked. He placed a briefcase bomb next to the dictator and for various incidental reasons the blast killed many in the room but not the target. They were executed some 24 hours later.

Sebastian Koch doesn't do the Tom Cruise "Superman With an Eye Patch" routine. He plays a patriotic and self deluded soldier whose contempt for Nazism and Hitler himself slowly grows into a heroic willingness to risk everything; his life, his family's welfare, and the lives of his comrades.

At the beginning we see a youthful, eager Wehrmacht soldier who seems to feel that Hitler is the second coming. His close friends in the SA believe otherwise, and in one chilling scene a Jewish woman recounts to Stauffenberg and company an incident in which her infant was executed at point blank range along with her mother and sister.

Friedrich Olbricht played elegantly by Rainier Bock, another hero who seems unsung in this now Hollywood packaged piece of history, insists that Germany is no longer waging a war but a campaign of racial genocide. Stauffenberg is at first reticent about any kind of assassination, and has himself reassigned to the Afrika Korps in 1943.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2009
Format: DVD
OPERATION VALKYRIE (originally titled STAUFFENBERG for its 2004 television release in Germany) is a condensed, powerful, and realistic telling of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler by his own military supporters on 20 July 1944. Unfortunately now in the shadow of the highly touted VALKYRIE released this past year as the Hollywood version of the incident OPERATION VALKYRIE is getting little attention from viewers. Now that it is available on DVD perhaps it will gain the importance it deserves.

For one aspect, the film is written, filmed and acted by Germans and the result is a different kind of felling than the later VALKYRIE: the tenor of the film suggests a growing lack of hope and a recognition of the insanity of Hitler by the a larger portion of the German populace than we have been lead to believe. It bears more a sense of reality than of a thriller movie.

Sebastian Koch is wholly credible as Oberst Claus Graf Schenk v. Stauffenberg - a devoted military man under the spell of Hitler's influence in the early years of the rise of the Third Reich who gradually pays attention to the rumors and reports of Hitler's aloof response to his murders of thousands of people. In a particularly touching scene a Polish Jew named Polja (Katharina Rivilis) recounts the horrors that the war has imposed on her family and her descent into insanity from Hitler's plan and execution of that plan for the genocide of the Jews. Stauffenberg is so deeply touched by this crowning encounter that he requests immediate transfer to the African Front and it is there that he is nearly killed in action, losing a hand and an eye.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By HAMLET on May 15, 2009
Format: DVD
Having already seen "Valkyrie" in theaters, I thought I'd check out this version of the story, filmed in German, in 2004 (the 60th anniversary of the 2o July 1944 plot). The film does a good job of filling in some gaps and modifications to several details in "Valkyrie" (Stauffenberg's life 10 years prior to his first attempt to kill Hitler on 25 December, 1943, Witzleben arriving at the Benderblock and getting into a heated argument with Stauffenberg and Olbricht, Beck's failed attempts to kill himself, followed by his off-screen death), but is too short, at 90 minutes, to be an in-depth look at the men behind the conspiracy or, as another reviewer posted, at the other 14 previous attempts to kill Hitler (two or three of which were carried out by Stauffenberg). Personally, I thought that
"Valkyrie" was a better film version, but it's no substitute for reading the extensive amount of material on the 20 July 1944 plot. Rated PG-13 for brief language and some violence.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on September 11, 2009
Format: DVD
I grabbed this DVD thinking it was the Tom Cruise-Hollywood version of the 1944 plot to kill Hitler. However I soon realized this DVD is actually a European made-for-TV movie on the subject. So you need to distinguish between Cruise's "Valkyrie" and this European dramatization "Operation Valkyrie."

This disc automatically started to roll with English dubbing and no subtitles. But you can play it with a variety of other option combinations - original German audio with English subtitles, vice versa, etc. The dubbing is skillful, so I just left it on that automatic option. Still, that didn't allow me to hear the real voices of the actors. Sebastian Koch, who was so compelling a presence in "Other People's Lives," definitely lost something in the dubbing process.

In general, this dramatization of the conspiracy to plant a bomb in Hitler's conference room really didn't grip me. Count von Stauffenberg's conversion to the cause was just too easy. Early in the film, we see him expressing typical Nazi disdain for all Poles. Then cut to a Polish girl wrenchingly describing the atrocities she has seen and suffered. Then cut to von Stauffenberg entertaining an invitation to join in the developing plot to kill Hitler. The emotion doesn't flow logically.

This whole film generally shows too much effect and not enough cause - too many ends and not enough means. It does contain some telling scenes of von Stauffenberg's family life. It also shows the awful ping-pong between hope and fear, between triumph and dread that the conspirators experienced after the bombing. "Yes, we got him! - Wait, a body was carried out, but its face was covered. - Of course he's dead. He couldn't have survived. - Wait, there's a report he just phoned...
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