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Operation: Daybreak (1975)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  29 February 1976 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Karl Frank
Cyril Shaps ...
Father Petrek
Diana Coupland ...
Aunt Marie
Ronald Radd ...
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Kim Fortune ...
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Pavla Matéjuvská ...
Jindriska (as Pavla Matejovská)
Ray Smith ...
Hájek
George Sewell ...
Heinz Panwitz, Chief Investigator
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Fleischer, Gestapo (as Rene Kolldehoff)
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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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Adventure | Drama | War

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29 February 1976 (UK)  »

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The Price of Freedom  »

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Trivia

The actual title for raid was Operation Anthropoid. See more »

Goofs

The movie's climax - with echoes of The Wild Bunch notwithstanding, the Germans lost only 14 men (plus 21 wounded) while laying the church to siege, not the dozens who are mowed down and/or blown up with ease by the Czechs. 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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Very good classic movie
13 January 2004 | by (Largo, Florida) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in 1976 when HBO, I believe, was making a run of it. It was a riveting movie I never forgot; I taped it from network TV about 12 years ago, and I recently started watching it again. Next I ordered the VHS tape, which arrived today and it is excellent, including quite a few scenes that the network version omits. The only problem is, as one viewer points out, is that in this version there is no subtitles, so you miss some of the dialog in the parts that are spoken in German. (The network version includes the subtitles, but is missing some scenes). The sound quality on the prerecorded VHS version is quite good if played back on a VHS hi-fi deck with a good sound system. I wish this movie were available on DVD! If anyone hears of it becoming available on DVD, please let me know! Hopefully a future DVD release will address the subtitle problem. It is indeed surprising how little attention this movie got. I even ordered a couple of books on Heydrich from Amazon, as well as the novel "Seven men at Daybreak" on which the movie is based. I find that the movie is nearly completely accurate. An excellent movie that anyone interested in history should see at least once.


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