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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 ...
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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

27 February 1976 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Seven Men at Daybreak  »

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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

Heydrich wears incorrect rank insignia throughout the entire film. Heydrich's rank, that of Obergruppenfuhrer (General), was denoted by a three leaf collar patch with two pips. Heydrich instead wears a three leaf patch with one pip which was the insignia for Gruppenfuhrer, or a Lieutenant General. 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 happened to the real people portrayed in the film. See more »

Connections

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Film Operation Daybreak
20 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the best films I've ever seen.Normally I will only watch Factual films and this is one of the best. One of the strong points of the film is the haunting, moving music throughout.The acting I thought was excellent from the main characters, in particular from Anton Diffring as Heydrich with those steely cold eyes.I enjoyed the film so much that I ordered the book which is called "seven men at daybreak" and was as good as the film but without the music, which is such an integral part of the film itself. From the very beginning in the opening scenes where Heydrich is getting ready, it will have you on the edge of your seat,and from there on you do not want it to end The scene in the crypt at the end is very moving, and of course the music enhances the sadness of the situation. All in all a great movie well worth watching and i can guarantee most who watch it will want to see it again.

John.


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