September 15, 2007 |
The German government will allow the makers of a movie starring Tom Cruise as the country's most famous anti-Hitler plotter to film at the site where the hero was executed. Shooting of "Valkyrie," which has attracted controversy because Cruise is a prominent Scientologist, began in July.
July 20, 2007 |
Images of Tom Cruise in Nazi uniform and an eye patch pinged through cyberspace Thursday, the first photos released from the set of "Valkyrie," the film that sparked fierce debate in Germany over the star's Scientology connections. Cruise bears a striking resemblance to Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the German officer he portrays in the film who led a 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb in his briefing room.
May 17, 2009 |
Valkyrie United Artists, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Despite all the controversy surrounding the Tom Cruise vehicle "Valkyrie," the movie itself is a solid entertainment, turning the real-life story of a 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler into a thriller so compelling that audiences might wonder whether it'll have a surprise ending. Cruise is a steady presence as coup-plotter Claus von Stauffenberg and is well supported by director Bryan Singer, who gives the movie a crisp, vivid look.