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The Man with the Iron Heart

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Cédric Jimenez
  • 115 mins
  • 15

Summary

Wartime thriller based on a true story, starring Jason Clarke and Rosamund Pike. Two men parachute into occupied Czechoslovakia in 1942 on a mission to assassinate high-ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust. But how exactly did Heydrich rise to such power, and who are his determined killers?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This thriller about the plot to kill leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich was released a year after 2016's Anthropoid, in which Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan played the Czech assassins, and follows previous dramatic reconstructions including Hitler's Madman (1943) and Operation Daybreak (1975). Director Cédric Jimenez's film is carved neatly into two halves - one dealing with the ascent of Heydrich (Jason Clarke), the other the operation itself. It's unusual to see such an infamous Nazi portrayed as a family man, but fine performances give it credence (particularly from Rosamund Pike as Heydrich's wife, Lina), while we are never left in doubt to the dark deeds of his military office. By comparison, the second part feels rushed, with the assassins (here played by Jack Reynor and Jack O'Connell) only given the briefest characterisation before they carry out their mission. Despite its flaws, this film at least takes the brave step of showing a well-documented episode from history from a different perspective.

Credits

Cast

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Reinhard HeydrichJason Clarke (2)
Lina HeydrichRosamund Pike
Jan KubisJack O'Connell (2)
Jozef GabcikJack Reynor
Anna NovakMia Wasikowska
Heinrich HimmlerStephen Graham
ValcikThomas M Wright
Libena FafekAbigail Lawrie
Václav MorávecGilles Lellouche

Crew

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DirectorCédric Jimenez

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2017-11-10
Languages
English | Czech | German | Latin | French
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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