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Anthropoidis based on the extraordinary true story of 'Operation Anthropoid,' the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lockdown, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.
About Reinhard Heydrich
- Served 20 years in the Nazi-German army
- Nicknamed "The Butcher of Prague"
- Appointed by Adolf Hitler to act as Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, what is now Czech Republic
- Regarded as possibly the darkest, most feared member of the Nazi Elite
- Responsible for about 2 million deaths during the Holocaust
Cillian Murphy as Josef Gabcik
Hailing from Slovakia, Josef Valčík was one of the Czechoslovak soldiers assigned to Operation Anthropoid after joining the French Foreign Legion and Czechoslovak Foreign Army. He helped to assassinate SS Commander Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.
Jamie Dornan as Jan Kubis
A young Czechoslovak solider from Moravia (present day Czech Republic) who completed basic military training before joining the French Foreign Legion and returning to Czechoslovakia to complete Operation Anthropoid, the mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich.
Charlotte Le Bon as Marie Kovarnikova
A young female based in Prague whose help enabled Jan and Josef to collect intel and complete their mission.
Anna Geislerova as Lenka Fafkova
Long before she was introduced to Jan and Josef, Lenka (a composite character) was a member of the Resistance in Prague.
Toby Jones as Uncle Hajsky
As a member of the Resistance organization in Prague, “Uncle Hajský” was instrumental in helping keep covert soldiers safe, as well as orchestrating meetings and communication between members of the Resistance.
Harry Lloyd as Adolf Opalka & Josef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy)
Before taking part in Operation Anthropoid, these soldiers completed Operation Out Distance to help the Czechoslovak resistance regain communication with officers in London.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, this powerful drama stars Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as two Czechoslovakian soldiers sent to Prague for a deadly mission: to kill Hitler's third in command, the main architect behind the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich. Outmanned and facing impossible odds, the two men lead a group of Czech rebels toward a near-impossible mission that may change the course of history forever. Also starring Toby Jones (Infamous), Anthropoid is an intense, thought-provoking thriller.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.45 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 43242918
- Director : Ellis, Sean
- Media Format : Color, Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : November 1, 2016
- Actors : Murphy, Cillian, Dornan, Jamie, Le Bon, Charlotte, Geislerova, Anna, Lloyd, Harry
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B01KAKD4CK
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The answer in both instances--in all instances where brave people struggle against tyranny--is always of course yes. I'm frankly surprised filmmakers think it is somehow a complex moral dilemma. Of course innocent people died in reprisals after Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated. Many millions more died at his hands while he was alive. Heydrich was the architect of the Holocaust. Heydrich was the leader of the Einsatzgruppen which executed over a million people by rounding them up by the thousands and shooting them into ditches. Heydrich was the founder of the Gestapo. Heydrich murdered and terrorized and oppressed wherever he went. He was also by far the most capable and intelligent of all of the high-ranking Nazi leaders. Killing the most brilliant and dangerous of your enemy's leaders is a vital objective in any war. Imperial Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's flight was intercepted and shot down in 1943 for exactly that reason. So yes, Heydrich's assassination was necessary.
'Anthropoid' is historically correct on all of the major plot points, with some artistic license taken for dialogue and characterization. History buffs won't be disappointed. Neither will those who just want to watch a good--and sometimes great--movie.
To see true bravery, in the face of impossible odds, is worth the 'price of admission' for this movie. Watch it, but brace yourself.
This is the type of movie where no punches are pulled, and the farther one goes along it will become abundantly clear just how high a price must be paid when fighting an evil like the Nazis. The last 30 minutes in particular are not easy to watch, but then again this is actual History, not just an action packed adventure. As far as violence goes, this would fall into very strong R territory, due to the realistic approach they took.
All the actors are top notch and as usual Cillian Murphy gives a great performance. The camera work is excellent without drawing too much attention to itself, and the same could be said for the costumes and music: well done and always in the service of the story. Though some of the starring cast were international, it's evident from the credits that almost everyone else was Czech or Eastern European. Obviously this was a story near and dear to many in the production, and it really shows.
Top reviews from other countries
It is a brilliant film ,telling of bravery ,tyranny and mans fight against the Nazi regime.
It's a true story that shouldn't be forgotten and this film ensures that we don't forget what the Czech people had to live with.
Well worth watching.
Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942.
Two soldiers Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik played by Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy lead an excellent
cast depicting the event which is now part of Czech wartime history.
The film is similar to the earlier Operation Daybreak, but Sean Ellis direction will have you on the edge
of your seat in this retelling of the story.
The torture scenes are pretty horrific but nothing compared to what the real Czech people of the day
actually suffered in reprisals.
Well worth watching.
Approximately 120 minutes viewing
Subtitled in English
It's a delicate story, which if it had succeeded would have no doubt changed the outcome of the war.
All I can say is excellent attention to detail, and well acted. Would highly recommend.
I have watched this film numerous times and have never failed to be moved by the horror of the time and the immense cruelty of the Nazi regime.
Sensitive script, acting, direction, and a feeling of really being there ( if you know what I mean)?
After watching this film I searched the Net to obtain books to learn more about this incident and its terrible consequences.
This is not a film to brighten up your day, but one which will make you thank the men and women who gave their lives to make our lives that so much better.