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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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27 February 1976 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Price of Freedom  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reinhard Heydrich was 38 when he was shot but Anton Diffring. was in his late fifties See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the SS Officer's wedding Heydrich refers to him as "Leutnant" which was the German Army of second lieutenant. He should be addressed as "Untersturmfuhrer" (2nd Lt) or "Obersturmfuhrer" (Ist Lt). The same officer is addressed correctly by Karl Frank whilst discussing the fate of Lidice later in the film. 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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Great Film, pretty much nails it.
30 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Operation Daybreak is an excellent film, I first saw it about 17 years ago and have since watched it several times. The plot is pretty much as it happened, save for some artistic licence with the tear-jerking finale, in real life Kubis(Bottoms) was killed in the prayer loft prior to Gabcik's(Andrew's) suicide. If you go to Prague you may want to check out the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius on Resslova,near Karlova Nam(Charles Square)Metro station,it's the church in the film and the crypt now houses a museum dedicated to the memory of the Czech peoples suffering at the hands of the Nazi's and Heydrich's assassination. Over the river in Kobylisy is the site of the assassination, two nearby streets have since been named Gabcikova and Kubisova in honour of the assassins.


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