Synopsis: In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe.
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Production: MGM
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
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121 min

The promises of the Fhrer about

peace and prosperity have been destroyed

and left nothing but destruction.

The atrocities committed by Hitlers SS

are a disgrace for the honour of the German army.

In the officers corps

there is widespread disgust

about the crimes committed by the Nazis.

The killing of civilians,

The torture and starving

of prisoners.

The mass execution of Jews.

My duty as an officer,

is no longer to save my country,

but to save human lives.

I can not find one general, in a position to confront Hitler,

with the courage to do it.

Colonel Stauffenberg, sir.

The General'll be here in four hours.

Thank you. I need to see him when he arrives.

I found myself surrounded by men unwilling

or unable to face the truth.

Hiltler is not only the arch-enemy

of the entire world,

but the arch-enemy of Germany.

Change must be made.

The British are moving up from the south,

Patton is closing in on the coast,

You know we should have left two days ago.

- No, Colonel, we keep fighting.

Until the final victory.

Most of Africa's lost and you gonna need these men a year from now to .

We can serve Germany,

or the Fher, not both.

It's just that sort of talk that had you sent here, Colonel.

What I said was much worse.


I'm just trying to get these men out of here alive.

What would you have me do?

You tell commander we have to re-route the and the 21st panzer.

At least then we'd have a chance.

And records will show we didn't have enough water

to reach Sidi Mansour?

I can guarantee it.

See that it's done.



Hitler's leaving.

- Yeah, the fuse.

Colonel Brandt.

Our regards to Colonel Stieff.


Let's hope I don't get thirsty on the flight.

He's landed.

This is General Tresckow,

connect me with operations, Colonel Brandt.

Colonel, Tresckow.

I'm glad you arrived safely.

I hate to trouble you but it seems you have the wrong bottles for Colonel Stieff.

You do still have the package?

I've been called to Berlin unexpectedly, I can be at

your office first thing tomorrow morning to pick it up.

Sorry for the inconvenience Colonel.

Yes, thank you.

Do you think he knows?

There is only one way,

to find out.

We've been discovered.

- What makes you think that?

Oster's been arrested.

the Gestapo came for him last night.

The Gestapo could have arrested him for anything.

What do you think went wrong?

- We don't know.

The fuse, the temperature, the point is the damned thing didn't go off.

General Tresckow to see Colonel Brandt.

The Colonel's expecting you, sir.

At ease.

You'll forgive me General, this little round-up is having me writing reports all day.


Dissenters. Another plot against the Fhrer.

Who are these people?

You'd be surprised.

Is this what you've come for?

Perhaps we should open it.

I beg your pardon?

Well, you've come a long way,

you must be thirsty.

I wonder how the Fhrer, who does not , would feel about a soldier who did so on duty.

Colonel Brandt.

I took you for an unsort, General.

And I you

We're still in business.

Find a replacement for Oster.

There is no-one we can trust,

not in Berlin.

Then stop looking in Berlin.

Frau von Stauffenberg.

Perhaps, before you go in, we could have a word together in my office.

I will see my husband now.

The right hand has been amputated above the wrist.

He's missing the fourth and fifth fingers

on the left hand.

We couldn't save the left eye.


Are you ready, sir?

I'm a soldier, I serve my country.

But this is my country.

I was lying out there,

bleeding to death, thinking

if I die now,

I leave nothing to my children but shame.

I know now there is only one way

to serve Germany.

And doing so I'll be a traitor

I accept that.

Just tell me,

Can these men see it through?

We need to reorganize,

reconsider our strategy.

Recruit new men.

That's why we want you.

You understand what will happen to my wife and children,

if these men can't see it through?

Come and hear what they have to say.

You know where to find us.

Enough, enough. I am not gonna listen to another word of this.

You had your chance, you failed.

Your so-called central solution didn't work.

Our only option now is to confront Hitler openly

This is a military operation.

It is not a military operation,

it is a political organization.

And one that has given it's military arm too much control.

In any military exercise you have to expect a certain measure of deviation.

A measure?

What about total, complete, utter failure?

Gentlemen, i think it's time we faced the fact

The allies are coming come sooner or later.

I say we sit back and let them wipe out the Nazis.

And ask every living soul in Europe to pay the price. Use your head.

Carl, please.

- I'm sorry Ludwig, I've held my tongue too long.

We must now confront Hitler now.

Force him out.

And then what?

I beg your pardon?

When Hitler's gone, then what?

I'm sorry, who is this man?

Colonel Stauffenberg is Oster's replacement.

He's been transferred to my office,

at the War Ministry.

How is your uncle?

- He is well sir, he sends his regards.

He speaks very highly of you.

- And of you, General.

One of the things that made Oster such a great organizer,

Was that he kept his opinions to himself.

I am simply asking what you intend to do

when Hitler is gone.

You don't really believe you can just walk into the Reich chancellary

And command the army to end the war?

Yes, we do.

You are in the presence of men

who would have been Hitler's inner circle.

Instead we refused, Colonel.

The people know we put our principles above personal gain.

We have the respect of the people

And the army.

Then you don't need me.


Those men are confusing respect with popularity

The army swore an oath.

An oath that won't just die with Hitler.

How are we gonna deal with Goebbels,

Himmler and the SS?

They will wipe you out.

-It doesn't matter.

It only matters that we act, now.

Before we lose the war.

Otherwise, this will always be Hitler's Germany.

And we have to show the world...

that not all of us were like him.

That is not enough for me.

There has to be a chance of success.

Then find a way.

Papa is home.

I thought we agreed I'd come see you in Bamberg.

The children couldn't wait.

The children?


We've already considered Valkyrie,

it isn't suitable.

Not as it's currently written. But the Colonel has an idea,

i think we should consider.

Excuse me, what is Valkyrie?

- Operation Valkyrie.

The reserve army has thousands of men all over Berlin.

Valkyrie is Hitler's contingency plan, to mobilize those men

during a national emergency.

The sole purpose of the order is to protect Hitler's government if he's cut off or killed.

And what use is this to us?

Valkyrie is designed to contain civil unrest.

But what if the SS were staging a coup?

State security is trying to overthrow Hitler,

how would high command respond?

We would have no choice,

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Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie (1968) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. A regular collaborator of director Bryan Singer, he co-wrote the screenplay of Singer's Public Access, wrote the screenplay for The Usual Suspects, co-wrote and produced Valkyrie and co-wrote Jack the Giant Slayer and Edge of Tomorrow. more…

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