The life of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg has re-emerged under the spotlight as of late with the release of the feature Valkyrie, starring one Tom Cruise as the German officer who, on July 20, 1944, attempted to kill Hitler. While the suitcase bomb that von Stauffenberg planted to assassinate the tyrant failed in its aim, the story still resonates loudly to this day as a testament to the heroism of the German Resistance.
Stauffenberg: the True Story takes into account the most recent findings regarding the Resistance to explain the motivations behind the plot, and the transformation of a man who grew to despise the leader he’d originally held in such high esteem. And yes, the lead actor in the re-enactments does look a tad like Tom Cruise.
Partners: Loopfilm (Munich) for ZDF (Germany), distributed through ZDF Enterprises
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Airing: September 2009
Rights available: All worldwide