The Plot to Kill Hitler

The Plot to Kill Hitler is a 1990 television film based on the July 20 plot by German High Command to kill Adolf Hitler in 1944. Brad Davis stars as Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who plants a bomb in the conference room of the Führer's headquarters in East Prussia.

The Plot to Kill Hitler
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Written bySteven Elkins
Directed byLawrence Schiller
StarringBrad Davis
Ian Richardson
Michael Byrne
Rupert Graves
Helmut Griem
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersAlfred R. Kelman
Bernard Sofronski
CinematographyFreddie Francis
EditorBernard Gribble
Running time93 minutes
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original release
  • January 30, 1990 (1990-01-30)

Plot summaryEdit

Led by Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, several German High Command officers plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take control of the German government, with the ultimate intention of surrendering their country to the Allies. Stauffenberg manages to plant a bomb, hidden in his briefcase, in Hitler's battlefield headquarters. By sheer luck, Heinz Brandt unwittingly moves the briefcase slightly, and Hitler survives the subsequent blast. In the final hours of July 20, 1944, Stauffenberg, Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, General Friedrich Olbricht, Ludwig Beck, and Colonel Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim are arrested and tried. Beck commits suicide, and the rest are taken to be executed. Stauffenberg declares "Long live the sacred Germany!" before being killed, and the others are also killed beside him within seconds.


Actor Role
Brad Davis Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Madolyn Smith Nina von Stauffenberg
Ian Richardson General Ludwig Beck
Kenneth Colley Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
Michael Byrne General Friedrich Olbricht
Helmut Lohner General Friedrich Fromm
Jonathan Hyde Joseph Goebbels
Rupert Graves Axel von dem Bussche
Helmut Griem Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Mike Gwilym Adolf Hitler
Vernon Dobtcheff General Erich Fellgiebel
Christoph Eichhorn General Helmuth Stieff
Michael Fitzegerald Major Ernst John von Freyend
Jack Hedley General Adolf Heusinger
Heather Chasen The Baroness
Burkhard Heyl Colonel Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim
Timothy Watson Major Ernst Remer


The movie was filmed in the United States and Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

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