Theatrical Release: December 26, 2008


In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, “Valkyrie,” based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Director Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” “Superman Returns”) re-teams with Academy Award®-winning “Usual Suspects” screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to bring to life the story of the men who led the operation to assassinate Hitler. The film also stars an acclaimed cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel and Terence Stamp.

Dove Review

This is an intriguing film to be sure, but there sure isn’t much suspense, is there? We all know that Hitler died by his own hand so the assassination team failed in their efforts. I don’t know a lot about the history of this story but I have read that some dramatic license has been taken with this film.

At any rate, the film is fairly entertaining but it falls short as a family film in the language and violence categories with some blood being shed and shown. It is not as graphic as some we’ve seen at Dove, but it still is a bit much. We therefore are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A couple are making out in a restaurant but they are fully clothed and the scene is not graphic.
Language: F-1; D-3; H-2; G/OMG-6; B-1; "Idiot"-1
Violence: Bombs go off; trucks and tanks explode; man purposely cuts himself while shaving and a little blood is seen; man shot in arm; men are shot by firing squad and for a split second blood is seen at moment of impact; running people are struck by bullets; man points gun at self and pulls trigger and sound of gun is heard but no blood seen; suicide bomber and cut away scene; bloody bandages and wounds are seen.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes; several scenes of smoking.
Nudity: A shirtless swimmer is seen; bare breasts seen on statue.
Other: Disrespectful attitudes and some artistic license regarding Hitler, the Nazis and World War ll.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Gilbert Adler
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter