Operation: Daybreak (1976)

Operation: Daybreak (1976)





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Also titled The Price of Freedom, Operation Daybreak is a retelling of the terrible consequences attending the assassination of Nazi-occupation leader Richard Heydrich. When Heydrich puts all of Czechoslovakia under his thumb, a group of Czech expatriates parachute into their homeland to kill the man known as "The Hangman." They succeed, and in retaliation the Nazis wipe the tiny Czech village of Lidice off the map, killing its male residents and carting off its women and children to concentration camps. For the purposes of the plot, assassins Timothy Bottoms and Martin Shaw survive the massacre, albeit only briefly. The Heydrich/Lidice tragedy was previously dramatized in two wartime films, Hangmen Also Die (1943) and Hitler's Madman (1943). Operation Daybreak was adapted from Seven Men at Daybreak, a novel by Alan Burgess. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Lewis Gilbert
Written By: Ronald Harwood
In Theaters: wide
Warner Bros.


Timothy Bottoms
as Jan Kubis
Karel Curda
as Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw
as Karel Curda
Anthony Andrews
as Joseph Gabcik
Anton Diffring
as Reinhard Heydrich
Diana Coupland
as Aunt Marie
Ronald Radd
as Her Husband
Carl Duering
as Karl Frank
Cyril Shaps
as Father Petrek
Ray Smith
as Hajek
Nigel Stock
as General
Philip Madoc
as Heydrich's interpreter
Jiri Krampol
as Adolf Opalka
Neil McCarthy
as Man at Quarry
Gertan Klauber
as Kubelwagen Driver
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