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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 ... 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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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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Seven ordinary people by everyday standards. Seven heroes by every other measure. See more »

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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

Both Heydrich and Hitler wear pre-war Nazi Party and SS uniforms throughout most of the film - Heydrich in a black SS uniform with swastika armband and Hitler in a brown Nazi Party jacket. By 1942, when Heydrich was killed, all SS personnel wore field grey uniforms and Hitler had by this time adopted a grey soldier's coat which had replaced his older style brown jacket. 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 »

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Better than your average war movie
28 September 2002 | by rps-2See all my reviews

If you like movies with lots of nasty Nazis and their regalia, old fashioned European train stations and exotic locales, you'll do well with Operation Daybreak. I suspect it takes a few dramatic liberties with the assassination of Reinhard Heidrich. But the basic facts are right and nobody claims it's a documentary. There are a couple of flaws. Would the allies drop agents into occupied Europe in daylight? Would the holed up assassins waste their ammunition so liberally. And would the Nazis send so many soldiers into the church basement with so many casualties when there would have been quicker and more effecient tactics. For that matter, would anyone survive multiple hand grenade explosions in an enclosed space such as the church crypt. And if they did, would they have had any hearing left? But at the end of the day --- or the film --- it's a pretty satisfying war movie, if a little on the long side, enhanced by some lovely cinematography. The brooding, low key, warm toned images of Prague, the creative angles and the pavement wet with morning rain are tremendously effective. Much better than your average war movie!


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 February 1976 (UK) See more »

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