In 1942 Czechoslovakia, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich is appointed to become the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The terror and oppression that follow cause Allied authorities in London to authorize a secret mission to kill the man who has come to be known as "The Butcher of Prague". The film shows the operation leading up to Heydrich's death as well as the massive German reprisals that followed it.
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A hit-and-run operation with no place to run.
Did You Know?
When Heydrich gets ready and then passes through a corridor to inspect a line-up the spectator is meant to believe that this is in his residence, the Prague Castle. However, the beautiful corridor is the ancient library in Strahov Monastery, some distance from the Hradcany Castle. Also is the hall with the line-up not connected to this library. The library can be visited and seen (not entered) by visitors to the monastery. See more
Heydrich was assassinated in June, but the filming took place (in Prague) at a time when there was no leaves on the trees, visibly cold and wet. See more
[The last time they meet
I never did get that red dress.
And I never saw that football match.
The end credits show what happened to the real people portrayed in the film. See more
BBFC cuts were made to the original UK cinema version to remove blood spurts from a machine gunning. The 1987 video release was uncut. See more
Referenced in In the Shadow of Memory