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About Valkyrie - Christopher McQuarrie Interview

By History Net staff 
Originally published by World War II magazine. Published Online: November 25, 2008 
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Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg in the movie Valkyrie. United Artists photo.
Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg in the movie Valkyrie. United Artists photo.

HistoryNet, in partnership with ArmchairGeneral.com, has published an exclusive interview with Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind the United Artists movie Valkyrie, scheduled for release December 26, 2009.

Directed by Brian Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) and starring Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July, the Mission Impossible series), Valkyrie is a historical thriller based on the July 20, 1944, attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The central character is Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who planted the bomb at Hitler's meeting with his generals.

 

For more on the real Claus von Stauffenberg – including information gleaned from interviews with his son, telling of the horrors his family faced as a result of his father's actions – see the January 2009 issue of World War II magazine, on sale December 16.


4 Responses to “About Valkyrie - Christopher McQuarrie Interview”


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    WWII Buff says:

    I haven't read this article but I like how you are covering Claus von Stauffenberg but it looks good. I have been suscribed to your magazine since my Pop-pop gave me all his old ones. He was on a B-17 in World War II and had a attache case handcuffed to his wrist, he would deliver messages to the French Resistence. Unfourtunatly he passed away almost a year ago. Now I have my own magazine subscription to Aviaton History, Military History, and World War II. I can't wait to get the new issues espically World War II.

    Thank You
    Conor Age 12

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    BENNETT E. EUTSY says:

    IM GOING 2 CHECK OUT THIS MOVIE TONIGHT! I'VE HAD GREAT REVIEWS & RESPONSES WHEN I'VE ASKED ABOUT THE FILM! IM EXPECTING AN AWESOME PERFORMANCE BY TOM "THE DON" CRUISE!

    YOUNG NIT'O RICO SUAVE

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    Hayden Bridges says:

    I saw this movie and I must say it was spectacular. My grandfather (Navy veteran) and I went to go see it we were on the edge of our seats the entire time! Even though you know Stauffenburg historically fails in the end, you can't help but hope he somehow wins by some miracle. Tom Cruise did his usual movie magic and acted it out perfectly. The movie also made me realize that not all Nazis exactly supported the madness of Hitler, they still held in their minds the preservation of lives and the world.

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    Dave McGowan says:

    More correctly, not all Germans of the '30s and '40s were Nazis. The majority were patriotic Germans … mis-led and mis-informed but patriots never the less.
    Many were soldiers doing the same things soldiers in any country do for that country. At the time however there were not enough of these for the Nazis had control.
    Dave
    http://www.dmmcgowan.blogspot.com



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