Valkyrie is a 2008 historical thriller about the July 20th Plot to kill Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi Government. The film stars Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg and Bill Nighy as Friedrich Olbricht.
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
- [translation of letter he is writing] The Fuhrer's promises of peace and prosperity have fallen by the wayside leaving in their wake a path of destruction. The outrages committed by Hitler's SS are a stain on the honor of the German Army. There is widespread disgust in the officer corps toward the crimes committed by the Nazis, the murder of civilians, the torture and starvation 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 cannot find one general in a position to confront Hitler with the courage to do it. I find myself surrounded by men unwilling or unable to face the truth; Hitler is not only the archenemy of the entire world, but the archenemy of Germany. A change must be made.
- [Last words] Long live sacred Germany!
- No one will be spared.
Major-General Henning von Tresckow
- God promised Abraham that he would not destroy Sodom if he could find ten righteous men... I have a feeling that for Germany it may come down to one.
- It only matters that we act- now, before we lose the war. Otherwise this will always be Hitler's Germany. We have to show the world that not all of us were like him.
Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim
- Any problem on Earth can be solved with the careful application of high explosives. The trick is not to be around when they go off.
General Ludwig Beck
- [to the conspirators] Gentlemen, good morning. Hitler has scheduled a military briefing for today at 1:00. Stauffenberg will start once everyone is present. Before arming the explosives, Stauffenberg will call here for authorisation to proceed. After the flash, his inside man will sever all communications. Assuming Fromm refuses to join us, Olbricht will take command of the Reserve Army and initiate Valkyrie. Then he will notify all district commanders that the SS is attempting to seize power. The Reserve Army will arrest all SS, Gestapo and Nazi officials. By then, Stauffenberg will have returned to Berlin and taken command of the Reserve Army. Witzleben and I will assume the roles of Commander of the Armed Forces and Head of State. With Berlin secured, Dr. Goerdeler will address the nation as our new Chancellor. Then, God willing, we can negotiate a truce with the Allies and save Europe from total destruction.
Erwin von Witzleben
[to his judge] 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.
- German Commander: Colonel, my orders are to advance to Sidi Massura and hold it. That is what we'll do.
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: The British are moving in from the east, Patton's closing in from the coast, Montgomery from the south. You know we should have left two days ago.
- German Commander: No, Colonel, we keep fighting, until the final victory.
- Stauffenberg: North Africa's lost, and a year from now, you're going to need these men to defend Berlin. We can serve Germany or the Fuehrer; not both.
- German Commander: It's just that sort of talk that got you sent here, Colonel.
- Stauffenberg: What I said was much worse.
- Gen Friedrich Olbricht: [discussing a replacement] There's no one we can trust. Not in Berlin.
- Maj Gen Henning von Tresckow" Then stop looking in Berlin.
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: [looking at a portrait of Hitler] Do you know how this war will end, Lieutenant? The portrait will be unhung, and the man will be hung. I am involved in high treason with all means available to me. Can I count you in?
- Lieutenant Werner von Haeften: For anything, sir. Anything at all.
- Stauffenberg: "Anything" is a very dangerous word, Lieutenant.
- [When Olbricht and Stauffenberg arrive at Fromm's office, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel is inside; the two are engaged in a shouting match, arguing furiously.]
- Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel: I have better things to do with my time than to come down here and clean up your mess! If you were enough of a man to run this department, I wouldn't have to do it myself! You're an old woman, Fromm! I'd send you to the front if I didn't think you'd surrender, just to be Montgomery's whore! [storms out as Fromm's secretary brings Stauffenberg and Olbricht in.]
- General Friedrich Fromm: What is it you want?
- General Friedrich Olbricht: I wanted to introduce our new man, Colonel Stauffenberg.
- Fromm: Ah! From Africa. Well, I'd offer you my hand, but I might not get it back.
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: I'd say the General's lost more important things this morning.
- Fromm: [breaks out in laughter] It's about time they put somebody with balls into this office, [laughs] Please sit down, Colonel. And Olbricht, if you must. [Stauffenberg and Olbricht sit at Fromm's desk] They tell me you're critical of the war, Colonel, not that you don't seem to have good reason.
- Stauffenberg: I am critical of indecision, General.
- Fromm: In the field?
- Stauffenberg: In Berlin.
- Fromm: So, that's why you're here, I take it. To make decisions...
- Stauffenberg: I've already made my decision. I'm here to help others make theirs.
- Fromm: They say when there's no clear option, the best thing is to do nothing.
- Stauffenberg: We're at war. We must act. Sometimes rashly.
- Fromm: And what rash action did you have in mind, Colonel?
- Stauffenberg: That would be a decision for the supreme military commander, sir.
- Fromm: A supreme commander. Second only to the Chancellor. If I were that man, this war would be going quite differently.
- Olbricht: Well, we were thinking the same thing. [pause]
- General Friedrich Fromm: I don't need to remind you that we have all sworn an oath to the Fuhrer. [Carefully disables a listening device in his telephone] Having said that, I'm going to forget this conversation ever took place, in the strict understanding that such talk never occurs again under this roof. Is that clear?!
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: Yes, sir.
- General Friedrich Olbricht: Yes, sir.
- General Friedrich Fromm: Now you can tell your friends, Colonel, that I always come down on the right side, and as long as the Fuehrer is alive, you know what side that is.
- [Fromm has learned that Stauffenberg and Olbricht tried to control the reserve army.]
- General Friedrich Fromm: How dare you put the Reserve Army on standby without my knowledge! It damn near cost me my commission! And what in God's name made you think you even had the authority?!
- General Friedrich Olbricht: It was only a drill. An exer-
- General Friedrich Fromm: Oh, don't lie, Olbricht! Not to me. We both know it wasn't a drill.
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: General, if I may...
- General Friedrich Fromm: No you may not, Colonel. You may not do anything. Because not only have you proven to me you can't deliver, you've painted a target on my back. If I so much as sense you trying to move the Reserve Army again, I will personally have you both arrested. Do I make myself abundantly clear?
- General Friedrich Olbricht: Yes, sir.
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: Yes, sir.
- General Friedrich Fromm: [Holds up hand] Heil Hitler!
- General Friedrich Olbricht: Heil Hitler. [Stauffenberg and Olbricht start to leave.]
- General Friedrich Fromm: I'll hear you say it, Colonel!
- [Stauffenberg stops in his tracks and turns around to face Fromm.]
- Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: [Holds up his arm without his hand] Heil Hitler!
- [Major Otto Remer and a force of Reserve Army soldiers have arrived at Joseph Goebbels' offices and started arresting Nazi Party and SS officials. Remer and a few of his men confront Goebbels while he is on the telephone.]
- Major Otto Remer: Minister Goebbels?
- Joseph Goebbels: What can I do for you, Major?
- Major Otto Remer: My battalion has orders to blockade the government quarter and place you under arrest.
- Joseph Goebbels: Are you a dedicated National Socialist, Major?
- Major Otto Remer: Yes, sir.
- [Goebbels wordlessly holds out the telephone. Remer hesitates, then approaches and takes the phone.]
- Major Otto Remer: Major Remer here. Hello?
- Adolf Hitler: Do you recognize my voice?
- Major Otto Remer: Yes. Yes, mein Fuehrer.
- Adolf Hitler: Then listen to every word I say.
- [Cut to Major Remer going back outside the building and ordering the release of the arrested officials.]
- Second Lieutenant Hagen: [confused] But sir, these men are part of a coup.
- Major Otto Remer: I've just been on the phone with Hitler himself. We are the coup, you idiot! We've been duped!
- [General Friedrich Fromm walks into a room where the plotters are lined up and surrounded by guards]
- General Friedrich Fromm: If you have any last messages to your wives and children, I will hear them now. [Silence] Very well. A court martial convened by me in the Fuhrer's absence will pronounce sentence. Beck, you're under arrest. Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim, General Olbricht, Lieutenant Haeften, and the Colonel whose name I will not mention, are condemned to death.
- Major Otto Remer: General, my orders are to take these men alive.
- General Friedrich Fromm: Noted, Major.
- Ludwig Beck: I'd like a pistol please. [General Fromm looks at him suspiciously] For personal reasons.
- General Friedrich Fromm: [Takes pistol to a nearby table] Get on with it.
- Major Otto Remer: With all respect sir-
- General Friedrich Fromm: That will be all, Major!
- General Friedrich Olbricht: Killing us won't hide your involvement.
- General Friedrich Fromm: My involvement? I don't know what you're talking about.
- Lieutenant Werner Von Haeften: You knew and did nothing. You're as guilty as any of us.
- General Friedrich Fromm: [Scoffing] Spare me, Lieutenant.
- Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg: No one will be spared.
- The conspiracy begins December 25.
- Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.
- Tom Cruise - Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
- Bill Nighy - General of Infantry Friedrich Olbricht
- Terence Stamp - Colonel General Ludwig Beck
- Tom Wilkinson - Colonel General Friedrich Fromm
- Carice van Houten - Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
- Kevin McNally - Dr. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler
- Kenneth Branagh - MG Henning von Tresckow
- David Schofield - General Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben
- Christian Berkel - Colonel Albrecht Ritter Mertz von Quirnheim
- Jamie Parker - Lieutenant Werner von Haeften
- Eddie Izzard - Erich Fellgiebel
- David Bamber - Adolf Hitler
- Thomas Kretschmann - Major Otto Ernst Remer
- Harvey Friedman - Dr. Joseph Goebbels
- Kenneth Cranham - General Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
- Matthias Freihof - Heinrich Himmler
- Waldemar Kobus - Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorf
- Halina Reijn - Margarethe von Oven
- Werner Daehn - Major Ernst John von Freyend
- Tom Hollander as Colonel Heinz Brandt
- Bernard Hill - A General working with Stauffenberg in Tunisia
- Ian McNeice - the composite "Pompous General"
- Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg as Hermann Göring
- Anton Algrang - Albert Speer
- Helmut Stauss - judge Roland Freisler
- Matthew Burton - Lieutenant General Adolf Heusinger