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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.

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Cast

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Janák
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Anna
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Carl Duering ...
Cyril Shaps ...
Father Petrek
Diana Coupland ...
Aunt Marie
Ronald Radd ...
Carl, Aunt Marie's Husband
Kim Fortune ...
Atá
Pavla Matéjuvská ...
Jindriska (as Pavla Matejovská)
Ray Smith ...
Hájek
George Sewell ...
Heinz Panwitz, Chief Investigator
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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 explores 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

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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

27 February 1976 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Price of Freedom  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"This movie was one of the few productions (besides several made in Russia and Yugoslavia) who took the time and the effort of duplicating WW2 German Tiger tanks. (The only other American production who did this was Kelly's Heroes (1970), until Steven Spielberg did the same for his movie Saving Private Ryan (1998).") See more »

Goofs

Just before Jozef Gabcík meets up with Jan Kubis after the parachute jump, it stops snowing for three seconds. See more »

Quotes

[Discussing the plan to assassinate Heydrich]
Janak: What do you think, Jan?
Jan Kubis: [pointing to a map] : There's only one place - here. We kill him there as he comes around Holesovice Junction.
Anna: But he's heavily guarded all the time!
Jan Kubis: He slows down!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Opus Pro Smrtihlava (1984) See more »

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A dramatic film portraying the bravery of the Czech resistance during World War 2.
8 February 2006 | by (Spain) – See 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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