Operation Daybreak

  • 15
  • Lewis Gilbert (1975)
  • US / UK / Cz
  • 114 min
Operation Daybreak
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

A grimly exciting war drama about the Czech resistance's plot to kill Reinhard Heydrich, deputy chief of the Gestapo and better known as Hitler's "Hangman". This is drily, if expertly, directed by Reach for the Sky veteran Lewis Gilbert, and features a motley cast including American Timothy Bottoms and a particularly excellent Anthony Andrews as Czech patriots. That this film convinces is a tribute to the story, and today, when the village of Lidice, which was razed by the Nazis in reprisal for the assassination, is hardly remembered, its telling is still timely.

Plot Summary

Second World War thriller starring Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw and Joss Ackland. Reinhard Heydrich is the leader of the occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia, a man hated for his brutal treatment of the Czech people. Three exiled Czechs, trained by the British forces, parachute into their homeland with a mission to assassinate the Nazi who earned the nickname "The Hangman".

Cast and crew

Cast

Jan Kubis
Timothy Bottoms
Karel Curda
Martin Shaw
Janak
Joss Ackland
Anna
Nicola Pagett
Joseph Gabcik
Anthony Andrews
Reinhard Heydrich
Anton Diffring
Aunt Marie
Diana Coupland
Father Petrek
Cyril Shaps
Hajek
Ray Smith
Vaclav
Timothy West

Crew

Director
Lewis Gilbert

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for some of its violence and language.
Available on video
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama