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Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the code name for the secret Czechoslovakian mission to assassinate Nazi SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution to the Jewish question, was the Reich's third in command and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ANT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 1 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jun 14, 2020

Based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid and filmed for the most part in the actual locations where events unfolded back in 1942, writer/director Sean Ellis has fashioned a thoroughly engrossing historical piece whose main actors, Irishmen Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan both leaving their brogues behind, blend seamlessly with a largely Czech cast. Authentic period details bring the past to life (or death) and although Ellis does not flinch from brutal reality—a brief scene of torture is so intense it seems longer than it actually is—quotidian atrocities are only a backdrop as the operatives and their Czech Resistance allies (not all of whom agree that Heydrich’s death would be a good thing) put their meticulous plan into action. There’s the usual hair-raising moments when it becomes apparent not everything is going to go according to plan, but that explosive climax is perhaps more memorable for its stretches of painful silence, punctuated by a classical score, than the thousands of bullets and hand grenades ripping up the screen.

May 14, 2020


Sep 03, 2019

An amazing movie telling a part of history that can never be forgotten.

Apr 13, 2019

Another valorous story of the Greatest Generation. We shall not see their like again.

Dec 10, 2018

Outstanding movie about a little-known part of WWII, when a small group of Czechoslovakian resisters assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, one of the main architects of the holocaust and executor of thousands of other civilians who were not Jewish, homosexuals, gypsies (not direct targets of the Holocaust). Beautifully filmed and acted (especially Cillian Murphy), with great attention to period detail. A gripping drama from beginning to end.

Aug 31, 2018

This was a great war movie. It starts off a bit slow, but when it picks up on the second act, it's a thrilling watch right to the end. As a period piece was great, and the way it showed the cruelty of the Nazis, the planning of this event, and how everything was tightly times, really brought the events to life. This is great to watch especially at a time that America itself looks like its having Facist tendencies with "Make America Great Again" and Donald Trump's racist policies against Mexicans and treatment of separating children and parents. History forgotten is doomed to repeat itself. The world in this movie is not a world anyone ever wants to ever see again.

Not easy to watch. One gets the impression that the assassins are out of their depth, and that their project is doomed. It was good to be reminded that the British and French were only too ready to sacrifice Czechosolvakia to Hitler in 1938. If they had only said "No," Hitler might have held back from attacking Poland in 1939. He would have had to contend with a superb Czechoslovak army and airforce, which he demolished without firing a shot.

Jul 08, 2018

I would have enjoyed this movie more if it had English subtitles as i found it difficult to understand the accents. In the assassination attempts of Nazis, it seems the people involved had some physical problems. In this movie it seems one of main participants has some difficulty with stress/shooting his enemies. Stauffenberg lacked the fingers to pull the bomb triggers, but that is another movie. This movie certainly portrays the strength of the Nazis, but then the comment appears on the screen - it the Nazis 6 hours to shoot the men who had sought refuge in the church. It appeared that were 4-5 of the assassins shooting against a whole regimen of Nazi soldiers. It just seemed unreal.

May 25, 2018

My original post about this film has disappeared. Could it be...a conspiracy? ;) Anthropoid tells the great patriotic story of Czechoslovakia, a country that pre-war England and France were happy to feed to the German wolves. And yet they were able to do what no nation or group, however large or powerful seemed able to do: find a high-ranking Nazi and shoot him through the head. And this Nazi was among the worst of the worst: Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust, whom even Hitler called "the man with the iron heart". They paid a terrible price for it, but these partisans deserve to stand tall among all people who have resisted evil. The lead characters are not played by Czechoslovak actors, with mixed results: Cillian Murphy is wonderful, Jamie Dornan is Jamie Dornan -- but the story is compelling enough to smooth out any rough spots. Anthropoid's final shoot-out is one of the best on film.

May 24, 2018

Credible acting portraying characters based upon real events. I had never heard of this event or the assassination attempt on SS General Reinhard Heydrich, and found this film to be methodical and tense. Captures the dramatic desperation that the Czechoslovakian resistance felt under Nazi Germany during occupation starting in 1938.
Major parts played well by Cillian Murphy (Free Fire: 2016, Peaky Blinders: tv: 2013 - 2017), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey series: 2015, 2017 & 2018), and many of the supporting actors/actresses.
Like the 2008 Valkyrie film, depicting the assassination attempt on Hitler, this film spends more time on the preparation and post cost, than any on screen shooting.
There is on screen type introducing the factual events and following the film as well. There is no extras on the DVD.

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Oct 22, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some disturbing images.

Oct 22, 2017

Violence: Some disturbing violent content.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Explosions, shootings, stabbings, and suicides are depicted. Not suitable for kids.

Violence: It's a movie set in World War II about an assassination and events surrounding it. Yup, it's violent from time to time but it's not a gore fest, either.


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Jan 21, 2018

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May 08, 2017

You know what we have sacrificed for the cause here?
-What you have sacrificed? What has Czechoslovakia sacrificed?
You have no idea what we've sacrificed!
So this is about the Czech government in London trying to impress the allies? It was the allies that gave us to the Germans in the first place.
You know, for most girls, a little lipstick is the only way to forget what's happening here. Even if it's just
for a few hours.
The point of the mission is to succeed. Yes? I'm more worried that we haven't planned what to do if we are successful. What happens afterwards is not important.
So you think we are just two little girls who are here to follow the important parachutists around?... We've been resisting here from the beginning in our own way. I personally don't have any reservation to killing a Nazi pig. But don't treat us like what you are about to do doesn't affect us. It does and it will.

May 08, 2017

They had made their choice, Jan. Sometimes you have to pick a side.
And when Heydrich took over here last September, his first order was to execute all the prisoners. My father was among 5,000 shot in the first week by Heydrich.
Earlier, what Jan said... About taking your own lives. Was he serious?
-Maybe. "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste death but once." -- Shakespeare.
As a soldier, it is your duty to stay alive and continue fighting. Do you understand that,
Yesterday, the Germans went to a village, Lidice, and shot every man over the age of 16. The women and children have been taken to camps, and the buildings were razed to the ground.
You're going to murder Heydrich?
-Assassinate... murder implies he had a life worth living


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