History Film / Valkyrie

5th Dec '17 3:01:56 AM jormis29
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''Valkyrie'' is a 2008 historical drama film about the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen attempted]] assassination of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by a dedicated cabal of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German military officers]], as well as some non-military personnel. It stars Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson.

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''Valkyrie'' is a 2008 historical drama film about the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen attempted]] assassination of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by a dedicated cabal of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German military officers]], as well as some non-military personnel. It stars Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Terence Stamp Creator/TerenceStamp and Tom Wilkinson.
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13th Nov '17 11:23:17 AM LtFedora
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** General Ludwig Beck is depicted wearing civilian clothes during the coup. He was actually wearing his uniform. In addition, Stauffenberg wore his white summer uniform instead of his grey field uniform.

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** General Ludwig Beck is depicted wearing civilian clothes during the coup. He was actually wearing his uniform. In addition, Stauffenberg wore his white summer uniform instead of his grey field uniform.
30th Oct '17 1:57:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* JustAStupidAccent: A notable aversion in that the majority of the cast does ''not'' speak English with a German accent to represent speaking German. All actors use their natural accents with the exception of British actor David Bamber, who plays Hitler with a German accent, as the filmmakers believed the audience would find it distracting if Hitler spoke in anything other than a German accent.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: All of the conspirators with the exception of Merz (played by German Christian Berkel) sound British or American. David Bamber (British) as Hitler ''does'' bother. This was done because the filmmakers believed the audience would find it distracting if Hitler spoke in anything other than a German accent.
30th Oct '17 1:39:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ComplexityAddiction: The apparent reason behind the plot's failure. In RealLife, [[LaResistance 'the military opposition']] (such as it was) had planned ever since the inception of the Valkyrie plot, in chronological order: shoot the Führer at Smolensk (stopped by Field Marshal von Kluge), detonate a bomb hidden in a cognac bottle in his private plane (malfunctioned), detonate a bomb at the display of Red Army flags at the Berlin Armory (the Führer rushed through and the fuse had no time to engage), [[HeroicSuicide Axel von dem Bussche's attempt to detonate a bomb hidden in his uniform and die together with Hitler]] (the uniform display got cancelled) and so on.\\
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However, Luftwaffe General Karl Koller testified (in front of an American judge after the war) that Stauffenberg and himself often were called to the Führer's study to discuss military issues, alone and carrying their service pistols, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim and that simply drawing the pistol and shooting Hitler in the face would have been much quicker and simpler]], even if it assumed [[HeroicSacrifice the perpetrator being shot himself by the guardsmen]] afterwards.
** Part of this was justified because the planners realized that killing Hitler was not an Instant Win Condition; merely shooting Hitler would not have eliminated the National Socialist dictatorship because fanatics like Joseph Goebbels and powerful elites like Heinrich Himmler could simply take up Hitler's torch and become the new Fuhrer. This was why the plan was to try and kill Hitler, Himmler, AND Goering to completely decapitate the military and security apparatus, and then bag Goebbels during the plot to eliminate the party's Mouthpiece. Going ahead with the plan without the other two in the Bunker was the result of desperation from rumors that the SS were closing in on them.
13th Aug '17 5:23:26 AM LtFedora
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** General Ludwig Beck is depicted wearing civilian clothes during the coup. He was actually wearing his uniform. In addition, Stauffenberg wore his white summer uniform instead of his grey field uninform.

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** General Ludwig Beck is depicted wearing civilian clothes during the coup. He was actually wearing his uniform. In addition, Stauffenberg wore his white summer uniform instead of his grey field uninform.uniform.
6th Aug '17 4:12:22 AM LtFedora
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** General Ludwig Beck is depicted wearing civilian clothes during the coup. He was actually wearing his uniform. In addition, Stauffenberg wore his white summer uniform instead of his grey field uninform.
15th Jul '17 4:02:18 PM nombretomado
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* LaResistance: Unusually for this trope, this movie focuses on the ''German'' resistance during WorldWarII rather than that of the occupied countries.

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* LaResistance: Unusually for this trope, this movie focuses on the ''German'' resistance during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rather than that of the occupied countries.
14th Jul '17 10:19:56 AM LtFedora
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: As garrisoned troops, the Reserve Army would not go on alert with their full combat kit.
27th May '17 10:23:13 AM rmctagg09
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* DecapitationStrike: Colonel von Stauffenberg, in collusion with several other German officers and politicians, stashes a bomb in the Wolfsschanze, the Nazi German military headquarters, during a 1944 meeting headed by Hitler. Though some generals and officers are killed, Hitler himself survives, and promptly orders his Schutzstaffel to arrest and execute the conspirators.
20th May '17 5:30:54 AM LtFedora
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** Fromm gets another one when the plot starts. He calls Wolfschanze and speaks to Keitel, who informs him of the failed assassination attempt. Then, Keitel asks where Stauffenberg is, making Fromm realize that the plot is already traced to his office.

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** Fromm gets another one when the plot starts. He calls Wolfschanze Wolfsschanze and speaks to Keitel, who informs him of the failed assassination attempt. Then, Keitel asks where Stauffenberg is, making Fromm realize that the plot is already traced to his office.
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