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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 is directed by Creator/BryanSinger, written by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.

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''Valkyrie'' is a 2008 historical drama film about the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen attempted]] assassination [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_July_plot assassination]] of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by a dedicated cabal of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German military officers]], as well as some non-military personnel. It is directed by Creator/BryanSinger, written by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.


''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 is directed by Creator/BrianSinger, written by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.

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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 is directed by Creator/BrianSinger, Creator/BryanSinger, written by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.


''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 is directed by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie and stars Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.

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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 is directed by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie Creator/BrianSinger, written by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie, and stars starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.


''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, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.

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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 is directed by Creator/ChristopherMcQuarrie and stars Creator/TomCruise, Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/TerenceStamp, Tom Wilkinson and Creator/CariceVanHouten.


* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillan who follows orders and switches sides without showing any evident sympathy towards either side. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later founded the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillan PunchClockVillain who follows orders and switches sides without showing any evident sympathy towards either side. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later founded the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).


* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillian who follows orders and switches sides without being particularly concerned about what's happening. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later went on to found the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillian PunchClockVillan who follows orders and switches sides without being particularly concerned about what's happening. showing any evident sympathy towards either side. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later went on to found founded the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).


* HistoricalVillianDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillian who follows orders and switches sides without being particularly concerned about what's happening. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later went on to found the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).

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* HistoricalVillianDowngrade: HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillian who follows orders and switches sides without being particularly concerned about what's happening. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later went on to found the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).


** The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. There's no doubt that the plotters were not Nazis, but certainly were not covert Republicans who believed in equality and democracy. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist and pro-German. Stauffenberg, for example, [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]]. However, he was disgusted when he later learned that Jews were being rounded up and shot ''en masse'', which was reportedly a factor in him turning against Hitler. The [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps apparently actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. We do know that they intended to stop the Final Solution, and that they intended to establish at least a token/weak democracy in the vein of Imperial Germany. However, we also know that they hoped to retain Hitler's pre-war conquests--Austria, the Sudetenland, Memel--as well as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Corridor Polish Corridor]]", transferred from Poland to Germany after World War I and annexed back to Germany after Hitler conquered Poland at the start of World War II. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. We don't know much else, including why they and most of their families were executed, as there were very few living witnesses to convey their motives. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology. That said, they weren't ALL vehement racists and autocrats. Tresckow in particular had genuine moral objections to Hitler and believed the plot had to go forward even if it was doomed to fail just to show that there was a resistance (not surprisingly, the movie includes this).

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** The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. There's no doubt that the plotters were not Nazis, but certainly were not covert Republicans who believed in equality and democracy. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist and pro-German. Stauffenberg, for example, [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]]. However, he was disgusted when he later learned that Jews were being rounded up and shot ''en masse'', which was reportedly a factor in him turning against Hitler. The [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps apparently actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. We do know that they intended to stop the Final Solution, and that they intended to establish at least a token/weak democracy in the vein of Imperial Germany. However, we also know that they hoped to retain Hitler's pre-war conquests--Austria, the Sudetenland, Memel--as well as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Corridor Polish Corridor]]", transferred from Poland to Germany after World War I and annexed back to Germany after Hitler conquered Poland at the start of World War II. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. We don't know much else, including why they and most of their families were executed, as there were very few living witnesses to convey their motives. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology. That said, they weren't ALL vehement racists and autocrats. Tresckow in particular had genuine moral objections to Hitler and believed the plot had to go forward even if it was doomed to fail just to show that there was a resistance (not surprisingly, the movie includes this). Despite their similar backgrounds, the motivations and ideologies of the conspirators varied from person to person, which the movie downplays for RuleOfDrama.


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** Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff, Berlin's Chief of Police. Although a minor character, he's portrayed heroically for siding with Stauffenberg and receives a postscript notifying viewers about his fate alongside the other, more prominent conspirators. Unmentioned in the film is that von Helldorff was a member of the Nazi Party who was close friends with Joseph Goebbels, and had earlier masterminded round-ups and pogroms of Jews in Berlin, including a key role in organizing ''Kristallnacht'' in 1938. Even the degree to which von Helldorff was involved with the Resistance is unclear; some claim he was one of its leaders, others that he played a peripheral role, others that (like many military and political officials) he was aware of the plot, and broadly sympathetic to its aims, but didn't actively participate. In any case, von Helldorff was ultimately executed for his alleged involvement.
* HistoricalVillianDowngrade: Otto Remer, the commander of the Reserve battalion, is portrayed as a PunchClockVillian who follows orders and switches sides without being particularly concerned about what's happening. In reality, Remer was a fanatical Nazi who later went on to found the Socialist Reich Party in postwar West Germany, an openly fascist group that was later outlawed by the government. He also became an early proponent of Holocaust denial, funded neo-Nazi groups and was arrested as late as 1992 for incitement of racial hatred. On the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer and Christopher [=McQuarrie=] admit that they downplayed Remer's personal fascism, partly to make him a more compelling character and partly to enhance the film's suspense (as there'd be little doubt which side he'd ultimately take if he was a Hitler loyalist from the start).


* Von Tresckow's initial attempt on Hitler's life fails when his time bomb is taken on a plane and ices up due to the altitude.

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* ** Von Tresckow's initial attempt on Hitler's life fails when his time bomb is taken on a plane and ices up due to the altitude.


* AmbitionIsEvil: Invoked in reference to Fromm, though in this case, it's more "Ambition makes you pliable". Given that Fromm is the only person who can officially initiate Valkyrie, Beck asks if he can be brought to their side. Tresckow and Olbricht note that Fromm is a "careerist pig" and has never hidden his displeasure at the fact he's gone as far as he can under the Nazis. Beck tells them to offer him a key position in the new regime in exchange for his support.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: Invoked in reference to Fromm, though in this case, it's more "Ambition makes you pliable". Given that Fromm is the only person who can officially initiate Valkyrie, Beck asks if he can be brought to their side. Tresckow and Olbricht note that Fromm is a "careerist pig" and has never hidden his displeasure at the fact he's gone as far as he can under the Nazis. Beck tells them to offer him a key position in the new regime in exchange for his support. Ironically, it's the fact that his ambition comes a distant second to his cowardice that keeps Fromm out of the conspiracy.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. There's no doubt that the plotters were not Nazis, but certainly were not covert Republicans who believed in equality and democracy. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist and pro-German. Stauffenberg, for example, [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]]. However, he was disgusted when he later learned that Jews were being rounded up and shot ''en masse'', which was reportedly a factor in him turning against Hitler. The [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps apparently actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. We do know that they intended to stop the Final Solution, and that they intended to establish at least a token/weak democracy in the vein of Imperial Germany. However, we also know that they hoped to retain Hitler's pre-war conquests--Austria, the Sudetenland, Memel--as well as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Corridor Polish Corridor]]", transferred from Poland to Germany after World War I and annexed back to Germany after Hitler conquered Poland at the start of World War II. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. We don't know much else, including why they and most of their families were executed, as there were very few living witnesses to convey their motives. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology. That said, they weren't ALL vehement racists and autocrats. Tresckow in particular had genuine moral objections to Hitler and believed the plot had to go forward even if it was doomed to fail just to show that there was a resistance (not surprisingly, the movie includes this).

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** In real life, Carl Goerdeler was the central figure of the German resistance to Hitler. The movie downplays his role in favor of emphasizing Colonel Stauffenberg's.
** Friedrich Fromm actually did support the conspiracy at first, only to back out of it at the last second after the initial failed assassination attempt. In the film, Fromm is opposed to the conspiracy from the start, only keeping silent about it on the off chance that it succeeds and he can reap the benefits.
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The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. There's no doubt that the plotters were not Nazis, but certainly were not covert Republicans who believed in equality and democracy. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist and pro-German. Stauffenberg, for example, [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]]. However, he was disgusted when he later learned that Jews were being rounded up and shot ''en masse'', which was reportedly a factor in him turning against Hitler. The [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps apparently actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. We do know that they intended to stop the Final Solution, and that they intended to establish at least a token/weak democracy in the vein of Imperial Germany. However, we also know that they hoped to retain Hitler's pre-war conquests--Austria, the Sudetenland, Memel--as well as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Corridor Polish Corridor]]", transferred from Poland to Germany after World War I and annexed back to Germany after Hitler conquered Poland at the start of World War II. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. We don't know much else, including why they and most of their families were executed, as there were very few living witnesses to convey their motives. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology. That said, they weren't ALL vehement racists and autocrats. Tresckow in particular had genuine moral objections to Hitler and believed the plot had to go forward even if it was doomed to fail just to show that there was a resistance (not surprisingly, the movie includes this).this).
** The film leaves out Goerdeler selling out the conspirators who were not initially caught to the Gestapo in a (failed) bid for clemency, which led to the executions of hundreds of anti-Hitler partisans. Made even worse by the fact that he was responsible for convincing a great number of them to join the resistance in the first place. To be fair to him, the confessions were elicited by a prolonged, intense bout of psychological torture, and may have been motivated by a misguided belief that the Gestapo would not have enough time to act on the information before Berlin was captured.



* SpannerInTheWorks: The assassination attempt is defeated by the weather: it's too hot so Hitler moves the briefing out of the ''Führerbunker'', where the concrete surrounds would have amplified the explosion's pressure wave, and into a more open-plan outbuilding where the windows and weaker walls absorb some of the energy. Colonel Heinz Brandt also moves the briefcase containing the bomb to the other side of a table leg, creating an additional barrier between the blast and Hitler, but ironically causing his own death.

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The assassination attempt is defeated by the weather: it's too hot so Hitler moves the briefing out of the ''Führerbunker'', where the concrete surrounds would have amplified the explosion's pressure wave, and into a more open-plan outbuilding where the windows and weaker walls absorb some of the energy. Colonel Heinz Brandt also moves the briefcase containing the bomb to the other side of a table leg, creating an additional barrier between the blast and Hitler, but ironically causing his own death.death.
* Von Tresckow's initial attempt on Hitler's life fails when his time bomb is taken on a plane and ices up due to the altitude.
* StraightEdgeEvil: Von Tresckow notes that Hitler doesn't drink in order to shame Colonel Brandt out of opening his fake bottle of liquor.


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* StupidNeutral: Fromm refuses to either join or inform on the conspiracy until it is too late. As a result, at the critical moment, he is arrested by the conspirators, but is still executed once the coup is put down because he knew about it and didn't tell anybody. By sitting the fence, all he did was ensure that he was on the wrong side of whomever came out successful. The communications office narrowly avoids this when the junior officer points out how ridiculous it is to try to remain neutral during an obvious attempt at a coup.

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Claus and Nina von Stauffenberg already have four kids, but when he leaves to initiate the plot, it is shown that Nina is pregnant with their fifth.


* FinalSpeech: "You may hand us over to the executioner, but in three months' time the disgusted and harried people will bring you to book, and drag you alive through the dirt in the streets." Nothing of the sort happened to [[HangingJudge Judge Freisler]], whom the comment was directed at. In fact, he died during the British bombing of Berlin while conducting the trial of Fabian von Schlabrendorff -- [[DeathFromAbove a bomb fell through the open roof]] [[KarmicDeath in the middle of the trial and blew him up]]. A worker in the hospital when the body was brought in commented "[[BondOneLiner It was God's verdict]]." Even more awesome (and hilarious) was that [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing not a single person present responded negatively to this comment.]]

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* FinalSpeech: "You may hand us over to the executioner, but in three months' time the disgusted and harried people will bring you to book, and drag you alive through the dirt in the streets." Nothing of the sort happened to [[HangingJudge Judge Freisler]], whom the comment was directed at. In fact, he died during the British American bombing of Berlin while conducting the trial of Fabian von Schlabrendorff -- [[DeathFromAbove a bomb fell through the open roof]] [[KarmicDeath in the middle of the trial and blew him up]]. A worker in the hospital when the body was brought in commented "[[BondOneLiner It was God's verdict]]." Even more awesome (and hilarious) was that [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing not a single person present responded negatively to this comment.]]


** Ludwig Beck's death was also toned down from history, in real life he shot himself in the head ''[[BungledSuicide twice]]'' and still had to be [[MercyKill finished off by a guard.]]
** [[HangingJudge Roland Freisler]], the judge at the conspirators' [[KangarooCourt trial]], was actually toned down for the film: in real life, he was a [[LargeHam screaming, ranting]] [[EvilIsHammy lunatic]] known for bellowing at the defendants at the top of his lungs, and had the conspirators' [[EvilIsPetty belts taken away]] so they would be forced to hold their pants up and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor he could make crude jokes at their expense.]] And yes, he really did wear a [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver blood red judge's robe.]] It also does not mention his [[LaserGuidedKarma supremely ironic]] death, when he was blown up in his own courtroom during the trial of ''another'' anti-Nazi resistance member.

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** Ludwig Beck's death was also toned down from history, much more painful than the film portrays it, in real life he shot himself in the head ''[[BungledSuicide twice]]'' and still had to be [[MercyKill finished off by a guard.]]
** [[HangingJudge Roland Freisler]], the judge at the conspirators' [[KangarooCourt trial]], was also actually toned down for the film: in real life, he was a [[LargeHam screaming, ranting]] [[EvilIsHammy lunatic]] known for bellowing at the defendants at the top of his lungs, and had the conspirators' [[EvilIsPetty belts taken away]] so they would be forced to hold their pants up and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor he could make crude jokes at their expense.]] And yes, he really did wear a [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver blood red judge's robe.]] It also does not mention his [[LaserGuidedKarma supremely ironic]] death, when he was blown up in his own courtroom during the trial of ''another'' anti-Nazi resistance member.

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** Colonel von Stauffenberg's supremely badass exit from the mortal realm was actually toned down from the truth, [[FaceDeathWithDignity calmly awaiting his execution]] and uttering his [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner defiant last words]] (sources dispute whether he said "Long live the sacred Germany!" or "Long live the ''secret'' Germany".) The film omits the fact that he ''[[HonorBeforeReason refused]]'' an offer of morphine because he was afraid of getting addicted, because the filmmakers didn't want to make it look like they were trying to turn Stauffenberg into a Hollywood action hero (although [[ColonelBadass he pretty much was one]]).
** Ludwig Beck's death was also toned down from history, in real life he shot himself in the head ''[[BungledSuicide twice]]'' and still had to be [[MercyKill finished off by a guard.]]

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** [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty Eventually averted]] with Roland Freisler, who [[LaserGuidedKarma died in his own courtroom]] during an Allied bombing raid [[ForWantOfANail when he went back to retrieve some documents]] on the defendant whose trial was being held there, and was either blown up by the explosion or crushed when the ceiling collapsed on him. He was the only fatality of the bombing raid, and when Freisler's body was brought to the hospital, a worker gave the supremely badass observation, "[[BondOneLiner God has delivered His verdict.]]"


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** [[HangingJudge Roland Freisler]], the judge at the conspirators' [[KangarooCourt trial]], was actually toned down for the film: in real life, he was a [[LargeHam screaming, ranting]] [[EvilIsHammy lunatic]] known for bellowing at the defendants at the top of his lungs, and had the conspirators' [[EvilIsPetty belts taken away]] so they would be forced to hold their pants up and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor he could make crude jokes at their expense.]] And yes, he really did wear a [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver blood red judge's robe.]] It also does not mention his [[LaserGuidedKarma supremely ironic]] death, when he was blown up in his own courtroom during the trial of ''another'' anti-Nazi resistance member.

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