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Synopsis: In December 1941, two agents from the Czechoslovak government-in-exile, Jozef GabÄÃk (Cillian Murphy) and Jan KubiÅ¡ (Jamie Dornan) are parachuted into their occupied homeland. Jozef is badly injured when he crashes through a tree upon landing, but both men set out to find their contact in Czechoslovakia. They are discovered shortly after by two resistance fighters who turn out to be traitors; one is shot by Jozef but the other man escapes. Stealing their truck, the agents head for Prague.
When they seek out their contact, they are directed to Dr. Eduard (Sean Mahon), who stitches Jozef’s foot, and arranges for the agents to meet other members of the resistance, led by “Uncle” Jan Zelenka-HajskÃ½ (Toby Jones). The agents reveal that they are to execute “Operation Anthropoid,” an assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe), the main architect of the Final Solution, and the head of Nazi forces in Germanâ€“occupied Czechoslovakia.
With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock-down, Jozef and Jan must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that, they hope, will change the face of Europe. With the help of two young women, Marie KovÃ¡rnÃkovÃ¡ (Charlotte Le Bon) and Lenka FafkovÃ¡ (Anna GeislerovÃ¡) along with other plotters, the agents plan to ambush Heydrich as he arrives at his headquarters by car. When the agents learn that Heydrich is about to be transferred, the plan goes into effect with the duo bolstered by the addition of other agents who have been parachuted into Czechoslovakia and the remaining resistance fighters in Prague.
On 27 May 1942, the attack is carried out but nearly botched when Jozef’s Sten submachine gun jams, but Heydrich is severely wounded when Jan throws a bomb that shatters his limousine, followed by Jozef’s fusillade of gunfire. Immediately after, the assassins go on the run, and Nazi forces round up thousands of Czech citizens and carry out a terrible reprisal. When Heydrich dies, the combined group of seven parachutists are pursued to their refuge at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prague. Resistance fighter Karel ÄŒurda (JirÃ Simek) turns on the agents and revealed where they were hiding. Hundreds of Nazi troops storm the cathedral and all the agents are killed in a fierce battle.
Reprisals continued with the village of Lidice destroyed with all the males 16 years old and older shot, children gassed to death and women sent to camps. Another Czech village, LeÅ¾Ã¡ky, was also destroyed and its inhabitants were murdered because a radio transmitter was found there. Ultimately, a total of 15,000 Czechs were killed in the aftermath of the “Heydrich Terror”. The assassination of SS-ObergruppenfÃ¼hrer Heydrich was the only successful government-organised assassination of a top-ranking Nazi in the Second World War.
Other Release Place: Karlovy Vary
Director(s): Sean Ellis
Producer(s): Sean Ellis, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, David OndÅ™ÃÄek
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Anna GeislerovÃ¡, Harry Lloyd, Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon, Alena MihulovÃ¡, Bill Milner, Sam Keeley, Mish Boyko, Sean Mahon, Brian Caspe, Marcin DorociÅ„ski, Nicolai Borger, Detlef Bothe, JirÃ Simek
Story by: Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin
Edited by: Richard Mettler
Cinematography: Sean Ellis
Music by: Guy Farley, Robin Foster
Banner / Studio: LD Entertainment, 22h22, Lucky Man Films
Distributed by: Bleecker Street
Country: United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic