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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2016

Historical Drama, Thriller, War
This beautifully photographed but slow-moving thriller dramatizes the events of Operation Anthropoid, the British military mission in which members of the Czech resistance were recruited to assassinate high-ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich during World War II. The real thrills don't arrive until the third act, long after two Czech parachutists trained in London (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) alight in their occupied homeland to rendezvous with their comrades on the ground. British director Sean Ellis not only cowrote the script but shot the movie himself, placing his cast of mostly British actors (attempting Czech accents to varying degrees of success) at the edges of the frame or focusing on their necks from behind during tense conversations to emphasize the characters' mounting misgivings. With Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon, and Anna Geislerová.
Official Site: www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/anthropoid
Director: Sean Ellis
Producer: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Anita Overland, Léonard Glowinski, Krystof Mucha, David Ondrícek, Jennifer Monroe, Chris Curling and Sean Ellis
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Alena Mihulová, Bill Milner, Pavel Reznícek, Jirí Simek, Sam Keeley, Detlef Bothe, Marcin Dorocinski, Mish Boyko and Václav Neuzil

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