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Operation: Daybreak (1975)

In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Alan Burgess (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Jan Kubis
Martin Shaw ... Karel Curda
Joss Ackland ... Janák
Nicola Pagett ... Anna
Anthony Andrews ... Jozef Gabcík
Anton Diffring ... Reinhard Heydrich
Carl Duering ... Karl Frank
Cyril Shaps ... Father Petrek
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Aunt Marie
Ronald Radd Ronald Radd ... Carl, Aunt Marie's Husband
Kim Fortune Kim Fortune ... Atá
Pavla Matéjuvská Pavla Matéjuvská ... Jindriska (as Pavla Matejovská)
Ray Smith Ray Smith ... Hájek
George Sewell ... Heinz Panwitz, Chief Investigator
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Fleischer, Gestapo (as Rene Kolldehoff)
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Storyline

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. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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A hit-and-run operation with no place to run.

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 February 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Price of Freedom See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[The last time they meet]
Anna: I never did get that red dress.
Jan Kubis: And I never saw that football match.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show what happened to the real people portrayed in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in In the Shadow of Memory (1999) See more »

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A dramatic film portraying the bravery of the Czech resistance during World War 2.
8 February 2006 | by stevenedwards999See all my reviews

I knew nothing about this movie until it popped up on TV one evening during the mid seventies. Being Anthony Andrews fans my wife and I settled down to watch the movie and I also recorded it on my newly acquired beta max video recorder. From the start we were drawn in to the story. The characters, the locations, actors and the magnificent musical score. It's the most moving and convincing film I have ever seen. Knowing the film is based on true events makes it all the more poignant. The pace of the movie and almost gentle unfolding of events gives the viewer time to think. It's not the high speed violence we have become used to in recent years. A film of love and hate and the darkest days of the second world war. The final and perhaps inevitable outcome in the last chapter has become etched into my memory forever. I remember Anthony Andrews saying years later on The Michael Parkinson Show that it was a film he was particularly proud to have been a part of. Too right! A star studded cast which so often can be the kiss of death in a film proved to be not the case. Every character was essential and all the actors played their parts well.I have tried to get this film on VHS and DVD but unsuccessfully. It is a film that has had quite a profound effect on the way I think. If you have never seen this movie but are given the chance to watch it, keep a tissue in your pocket. It's a tearjerker.


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