Claus von Stauffenberg, a Swabian aristocrat who rose to the rank of Colonel (Oberst) in the German army, becomes disgusted with Adolf Hitler and conceives of a plan to kill der Fueher and take control of Germany. The Colonel, who has been severely wounded in Africa, leads the plot and decides to carry out the assassination himself. Most of the cast are excellent, with one huge exception - Tom Cruise. Unfortunately, his wooden acting and flat American accent drag down the whole film. An actor of high calibre was needed for this role, and Cruise just does not have the talent to fill it.