( dpa ) - The release of Valkyrie, the Tom Cruise movie about an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, has been pushed backed to February 2009 from its previous October 2008 opening, United Artists said Tuesday.
It is the second postponement for the movie, which originally had been scheduled to open this June. United Artists said the latest delay was designed to allow the film to open on the President's Day weekend when cinema attendance is traditionally high.
The movie is based on the true story of an aristocratic German officer, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise, who tried to assassinate Hitler.
The German government initially banned the production from shooting on location at the Berlin site where the plot was hatched and the conspirators executed. It later changed its mind after months of national debate that focused in part on Cruise's Scientology beliefs.