The Assassination (1965)

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The Assassination (1965)
Atentát (original title)

It is autumn 1941. Acting Reichsprotector Reinhard Heydrich has taken up his position in the occupied Czech lands and Moravia. His old rival from the Nazi supremoes, Admiral Canaris, objects to Heydrich's cruelty, which raises great hatred everywhere he goes. Meanwhile, selected Czechoslovak soldiers undergo paratrooper training in Great Britain; the soldiers are then to be dropped into Czech territory to support the local resistance. Several groups of well-trained men will soon see their homeland.
Czechoslovakia
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Creators
Director Jirí Sequens
Writer Miloslav Fábera
Writer Kamil Pixa
Writer Jirí Sequens
Information
Release Date1965-08-20
Runtime1h 44mins
GenreAction, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 2 nominations.
CompanyCeskoslovenský Filmexport
CountryCzechoslovakia
LanguageCzech
Adolf Opálka alias nadporucík Král (as Brzobohatý)
Rudolf Jelínek
Rudolf Jelínek
Jan Kubis alias rosmistr. Strnad (as Jelínek)
Josef Gabcík alias rosmistr Vyskocil (as Mrkvicka)
nadporucík Sedlák (as Munzar)
rosmistr Tousek (as Kodet)
Josef Vinklár
Josef Vinklár
rotný Karel Vrbas (as Vinklár)
Siegfried Loyda
Siegfried Loyda
Reinhard Heydrich (as Loyda)
Admirál Canaris (as Studt)
Wolf Goette
Wolf Goette
esesák Jacobi (as Goette)
Gerhard Rachold
Gerhard Rachold
SS-Sturmbannführer Görke (as Rachold)
Harald Halgardt
Harald Halgardt
(as Halgardt)
Vlastimil Canek
Vlastimil Canek
rotmistr Zelinka (as Canek)
Eduard Dubský
Eduard Dubský
plukovnik Horst (as Dubský)
Jaroslav Dufek
Jaroslav Dufek
rotmistr Tolar (as Dufek)
Ivan Foustka
Ivan Foustka
gestapák Pawlitz (as Foustka)

Atentát

Atentát (English title: The Assassination) is a 1964 black-and-white Czechoslovak war film directed by Jiří Sequens. The World War II story depicts events before and after the assassination of top German leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague (Operation Anthropoid). Czech historians have called the film the historically most accurate depiction of the events surrounding Operation Anthropoid.


Plot

On September 27, 1941, Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most feared top officials of the Nazi Party, an architect of the Holocaust and Hitler's possible successor, is appointed "Reichsprotektor" of Bohemia and Moravia. As a result of his brutality and oppression he is also called "The Butcher of Prague" or "The Blond Beast".

In UK, a squad of agents is selected, trained and parachuted into Czechoslovakia. The team operated in Prague and planned the attack for about six months. The mission, Operation Anthropoid, is executed in the capital on May 27, 1942, by means of an ambush; it almost fails when one of their Sten guns jams, but Heydrich is severely wounded by a grenade. Heydrich eventually succumbs to his wounds and during the frenzied aftermath the German high command takes savage reprisals, including the massacre of 340 men, women and children of the village of Lidice and the razing of the village. The group is eventually betrayed by one of its members and they are cornered in a church crypt in Prague. In the gun-battle that follows all agents commit suicide.