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Valkyrie

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Writers Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun) and Nathan Alexander went to great lengths to make sure everything in this Bryan Singer film about an attempt to assassinate Hitler was accurate or as close to accurate as possible. Based on the true story of German Resistance fighter Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), who led an attempt to overthrow Hilter on July 20, 1944, the film has an undeniable air of authenticity. The assassination attempt led by Stauffenberg, who even carried a bomb in a briefcase to a meeting with Hitler, also included several key military members, including Henning von Tresckow (Kenneth Branagh), Friedrich Olbricht (Bill Nighy), Ludwig Beck (Terence Stamp), Erich Fellgiebel (Eddie Izzard) and Otto Ernst Remer (Thomas Kretschmann). The supporting cast is one of the film’s strong points as Cruise simply brings too much of a Top Gun/Few Good Men feel to the role of Stauffenberg. HH 1/2

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