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Operation Daybreak
File:Operation Daybreak FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byLewis Gilbert
Screenplay byRonald Harwood
Produced byCarter DeHaven
StarringAnthony Andrews
Timothy Bottoms
Martin Shaw
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Edited byThelma Connell
Music byDavid Hentschel
Howard R. Schuster, Inc.
American Allied Studios
Barrandov Studios
Distributed byWarner Bros. (US)
Columbia-Warner (UK)
Release date
  • November 1975 (1975-11) (US (limited))
  • 29 February 1976 (1976-02-29) (UK)
Running time
118 minutes
United States

Operation Daybreak (also known as The Price of Freedom in the US)[1] is a 1975 Second World War film based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Starring Anthony Andrews, Timothy Bottoms and Martin Shaw, it was directed by Lewis Gilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It is adapted from the book Seven Men at Daybreak by Alan Burgess.[2]


  • Timothy Bottoms as Sergeant Jan Kubiš
  • Martin Shaw as Sergeant Karel Čurda
  • Joss Ackland as Janák
  • Nicola Pagett as Anna Malinová
  • Anthony Andrews as Sergeant Jozef Gabčík
  • Anton Diffring as Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich
  • Carl Duering as Karl Frank, acting Reichsprotektor
  • Cyril Shaps as Father Petrek
  • Diana Coupland as Aunt Marie Moravcová
  • Ronald Radd as Karel Moravec
  • Kim Fortune as Ata Moravec
  • Ray Smith as Hájek
  • George Sewell as Heinz Panwitz, Chief Investigator
  • Reinhard Kolldehoff as Fleischer, Gestapo
  • Kika Markham as Čurda's Wife
  • Philip Madoc as Heydrich's interpreter
  • Nigel Stock as General Cyril Cross
  • Vernon Dobtcheff as Pyotr
  • Frank Gatliff as Surgeon
  • Pavla Matějovská as Jindriska
  • Jiri Krampol as Lt Adolf Opalka

See also[]

  • List of American films of 1975
  • Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
  • Hitler's Madman (1943)
  • The Silent Village (1943)
  • Atentát (1964)
  • Anthropoid (2016)
  • HHhH (2016)


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