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Operation Daybreak Details


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, Martin Shaw (1943) and Martin Shaw (1943). Operation Daybreak was adapted from Seven Men at Daybreak, a novel by Alan Burgess. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Timothy Bottoms
as Jan Kubis
Joss Ackland
as Janak
Nicola Pagett
as Anna
Anthony Andrews
as Joseph Gabcik
Anton Diffring
as Reinhard Heydrich
Diana Coupland
as Aunt Marie
Ronald Radd
as Aunt Marie's Husband
Kim Fortune
as Ata
Pavla Matejovska
as Jindriska
Carl Duering
as Karl Frank
Cyril Shaps
as Father Petrek
Ray Smith
as Hajek
Gertan Klauber
Anne Lonnberg
as Sonja
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Piotr
Cyril Cross
Philip Madoc
Josef Laufer
Timothy West
as Vaclav
Jiri Krampol
Keith James
Aubrey Woods
George Sewell
as Panwitz
William Lucas
as Doctor
Nigel Stock
as General
René Kolldehoff
as Fleisher
Frank Gatliff
as Surgeon
John Abineri


Lewis Gilbert
Carter DeHaven III
Stanley O'Toole
Alan Burgess
Book Author
Ronald Harwood
Henri Decaë
David Hentschel
Composer (Music Score)
Thelma Connell
William McCrow
Art Director
Roy Whybrow
Special Effects
Ernest Day
Second Unit Director