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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 [[Performer~P7587~Timothy Bottoms~timothybottoms]] and [[Performer~P64931~Martin Shaw~martinshaw]] survive the massacre, albeit only briefly. The Heydrich/Lidice tragedy was previously dramatized in two wartime films, [[Feature~V94258~Hangmen Also Die~hangmenalsodie]] (1943) and [[Feature~V95379~Hitler's Madman~hitlersmadman]] (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
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Piotr
Anne Lonnberg
as Sonja
Nigel Stock
as General
Cyril Cross
Jiri Krampol
John Abineri
Aubrey Woods
William Lucas
as Doctor
Frank Gatliff
as Surgeon
René Kolldehoff
as Fleisher
Gertan Klauber
Keith James
Josef Laufer
Philip Madoc
Timothy West
as Vaclav
George Sewell
as Panwitz


Lewis Gilbert
Stanley O'Toole
Carter DeHaven III
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