Some of the cast of Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie about the attempted assassination of Hitler. Cruise of course plays von Stauffenberg (you can easily tell by the patch over his eye).
In a sense of course Stauffenberg was a hero–trying to kill a diabolical dictator–but keep in mind that Stauffenberg had supported Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933. It seems his falling out had nothing to do with the grotesque “racial purity” program of the Nazis or of Hitler’s dictatorship, but the fact that the war was going badly. Not only did Hitler survive this assassination attempt of course but he actually turned it into his own personal pleasure (reminiscent of Saddam Hussein): ” Most [of the conspirators] were hanged from meat hooks, their death agonies filmed for the private pleasure of Hitler.” Read more about what would have happened if the conspirators had succeeded.
I would hate to see any enterprise like this fail, especially one that depicts the attempted assassination of such a monster as Hitler but somehow I get the impression that somewhere in the movie Col. Klink from Hogan’s Heroes is going to make an appearance.