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An­thro­poid is based on the ex­tra­or­di­nary true story of the World War II oper­a­tion to as­sas­si­nate SS-Ober­grup­pen­führer Rein­hard Hey­drich. Hey­drich was the Reich’s third in com­mand af­ter Hitler and Himm­ler, and the main ar­chi­tect be­hind the Fi­nal So­lu­tion and the leader of the oc­cu­py­ing Nazi forces in Cze­choslo­vakia. Nick­named “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of ter­ror and bru­tal crack­down prompted Al­lied au­thor­i­ties in Lon­don to hatch a top-se­cret mis­sion, co­de­named Oper­a­tion An­thro­poid, which would change his­tory. The film fol­lows two sol­diers from the Czech 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 locked down un­der Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion, they must find a way to as­sas­si­nate Hey­drich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor. They make con­tact with mem­bers of the beleaguered Czech re­sis­tance, headed by Ladislav Vanek (Marcin Dorocin­ski) and Un­cle Ha­jsky (Toby Jones). Ini­tially the re­sis­tance were hor­ri­fied by the scale of the mis­sion, de­vised by a gov­ern­ment-in­ex­ile out of touch with the re­al­ity on the ground. The cost of fail­ure and suc­cess would be the same af­ter any at­tempt on Hey­drich’s life – ex­ten­sive reprisals against the Czech peo­ple, and the al­most cer­tain cap­ture, tor­ture and ex­e­cu­tion of the as­sas­sins. But united in their pa­tri­o­tism, they agree to help and the men set about plan­ning the near-im­pos­si­ble mis­sion. For the next five months, Jan and Josef find shel­ter in the home of an­other re­sis­tance mem­ber, Marie Mo­ravec (Alena Mi­hulová) and her son, At’a (Bill Milner), who acts as a mes­sen­ger for the para­troop­ers. They be­come in­volved with two women who also risk their lives to help the re­sis­tance, Marie (Char­lotte Le Bon) and Lenka (Ana Geislerová). 6 With Ladislav and Un­cle Ha­jsky, Jan and Josef se­cretly con­vene with Czech para­troop­ers dropped into Prague on other mis­sions, Adolf Opálka (Harry Lloyd), Karel Čurda (Jiří Šimek) and Josef Valčík (Vá­clav Neužil), in or­der to plan the as­sas­si­na­tion. While wait­ing for the fi­nal green light from Lon­don, the group re­ceives news that Hey­drich has been called to Ber­lin, ap­par­ently to ac­cept a new po­si­tion away from Prague.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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