Caught one of the branches on the
Can you move?
2 EXT. FOREST TRACK - NIGHT 2
JAN’s arms are around JOSEF as he helps him along a snowy
track over-shadowed by trees. CAMERA follows them from
Two pairs of feet hurrying through the snow. One
pair badly limping and leaving a deep red blood trail through
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4 INT. FOREST CAVE - NIGHT 4
A small fire. JAN eats some rations.
JOSEF removes his boot. His sock is sticky with dark blood.
He pulls down the sock to reveal a deep cut on his ankle.
JAN inspects the wound.
You’ll need stitches.
JAN rips a rag from his pack and helps JOSEF dress the wound.
JAN then sees a small piece of wood on the cave floor. He
picks it up and inspects it. He takes his knife from his
belt, sits with his back to the cave wall and starts to
whittle the wood with his knife.
5 INT. FOREST CAVE - EARLY MORNING 5
The fire has smouldered into grey ash. The two men are
There’s a noise. JAN opens his eyes and sees at the mouth of
the cave a figure. This is ANTONIN, a middle-aged stocky
farmer, brutish in manner, holding a shotgun with a dog at
his feet. JAN wakens JOSEF. There’s a momentary silence as
the three eye each other.
You didn’t hide your parachutes
very well and you left a blood
trail for half a kilometer.
Silence. Nobody moves.
Follow me. I live not far from
JOSEF and JAN get to their feet groggily.
6 EXT. OPEN LAND - EARLY MORNING 6
A snow-covered landscape. In the middle distance is ANTONIN
who turns and urges them to keep up.
JOSEF and JAN exchange apprehensive glances.
A clearing in the woods. JAN scans and sees:
A small farmhouse with a barn. Pens for livestock, a truck
sits parked next to a stone well. Self sufficient.
A few moments later IGNAC appears in the doorway of the
farmhouse. A tousle-haired youth in his late teens with an
acned face. IGNAC has on an leather apron stained with blood.
He has a carving belt with a number of knives held in place.
Prepare some food.
IGNAC turns and runs back inside.
Hot soup. Come.
7 INT. FARMHOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY. 7
Some nasty soup is poured into bowls. IGNAC places the bowls
in front of JAN and JOSEF.
JAN shares a concerned look with JOSEF. The farmhouse looks
run down and in need of repair.
JAN and JOSEF slowly lift the spoons to their mouths. The
I take it you are heading for
Yes. How far away is it?
30 Kilometers. I have a special
delivery permit for my truck.
I could take you.
JAN looks at JOSEF and then at ANTONIN.
Well that’s settled. You rest here
tonight and I will take you in the
ANTONIN exchanges a look with IGNAC and then stands up from
Enjoy your soup.
ANTONIN leaves the room, closing the door behind him. JAN and
JOSEF are left with IGNAC who looks like he never went to
JOSEF looks at JAN. Something is wrong. The silence in the
room oppressive. A clock gently ticks somewhere.
JOSEF suddenly stands up and strides towards the kitchen door
and bursts through into the hall to find ANTONIN standing in
the hallway on the telephone.
JOSEF steps forward, takes a pistol from his pocket and aims
it at ANTONIN’s head.
ANTONIN like a rabbit caught in the headlights, slowly puts
the phone down and raises his hands in the air.
How much do you get for turning in
parachutists to the Germans?
ANTONIN just stares at him. Guilt written on his face.
JOSEF grabs ANTONIN and pulls him back to the kitchen where
he finds JAN seated with his hands in the air and IGNAC
holding a knife to his throat.
Drop the gun!
JOSEF keeps the gun aimed at ANTONIN’s head. IGNAC reaches
inside JAN’s jacket and takes his gun.
I said drop the...
SUDDENLY ANTONIN grabs the gun and he and JOSEF wrestle for
JAN grabs IGNAC’s arm and kicks back and the two fly
backwards and are stopped by the sink.
IGNAC drops the knife and the gun - JAN drops for the gun but
IGNAC kicks it and skittles across the dank floor. IGNAC
steps back and pulls another knife from his belt.
ANTONIN is stronger and manages to pull the gun away from
JOSEF. But in doing so, pulls the trigger, shooting himself
in the face.
Blood sprays across JOSEF’s stunned face.
Everyone is momentarily frozen in shock.
IGNAC looks at ANTONIN who is face down. He suddenly realises
he is now outnumbered. He turns and bolts out of a side door
in the kitchen.
JOSEF scuttles next to ANTONIN and retrieves his pistol from
ANTONIN’s dead hand. JOSEF spins and throws the pistol
through the air towards JAN.
JAN catches it and chases after IGNAC.
At the edge of the forest JAN stops running and aims the
pistol. An expression of concentration. His stance trained
like that of a soldier.
a clear shot of IGNAC as he runs deeper into the
JAN’s concentration turns to hesitation. The hand that holds
the gun starts to shake. More than hesitation - a mental
block. JAN is hyperventilating. Pain across his face. Sweat
pours, JAN wipes his face and re-aims.
IGNAC disappears into the thick cover of the
JAN drops to his knees fighting for breath. Full-on panic
attack. Fists clenched, muscles cramping.
JAN fights it. Tries to calm himself. Slowly gets up, turns
and makes his way back to the farmhouse.
8 INT/EXT. FARMHOUSE - DAY. 8
JOSEF pulls the phone line from the wall. Takes a cloth and
regards the dead weight of ANTONIN’s body on the kitchen
floor. A pool of black blood slowly creeping across the
floor. Josef wipes the blood from his face and exits.
JAN approaching. More in control.
You get him?
JAN shakes his head no. JOSEF looks at JAN for a beat -
JOSEF’s thoughts unreadable. He breaks off to survey the
(nodding towards it)
We’ll take their truck.
9 INT. TRUCK - DAY 9
JAN drives. JOSEF looks out the window at the passing
JAN steals a look at JOSEF. JOSEF notices.
They had made their choice.
Sometimes you have to pick a side.
You would prefer it was us?
JAN looks back to the road. The question hangs in the air.
JOSEF tears some cloth from a spare shirt and puts his foot
on the dash. He changes the blood soaked rag for the new
cloth and ties it tight.
(indicating Josef’s foot)
We have to get that looked at as
soon as possible.
We have to make contact with the
address in Prague first.
We’ll deal with this after.
JAN gives him a worried look and then looks back at the road.
A squealing sound is heard over the engine. JOSEF turns,
lifts the canvas and peers into the back of the truck.
Six or seven pigs are in the back of the truck.
What is it?
A truck full of pigs!
JOSEF sits back and for the first time the men share a smile
at the situation they find themselves in.
10 EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY 10
The truck speeds past a sign post that indicates Prague is 28
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12 OMITTED 12
13 OMITTED 13
14 EXT. PRAGUE STREETS - DAY 14
Various shots as the truck makes its way through the streets
15 INT. TRUCK - DAY 15
JOSEF checks his map and then the road ahead.
Should be the next left.
Through the windows we see the heavy presence of the German
army. Military trucks and soldiers very much in evidence at
every street corner.
JAN turns the wheel and makes a left turn.
Pull over here.
The truck comes to a stop as JOSEF looks up at an apartment
This is it.
JAN and JOSEF exit the truck.
16 EXT. PRAGUE STREET - DAY 16
They both check the street with nervous glances.
17 INT. APARTMENT BLOCK STEPS - DAY 17
JAN and JOSEF climbs the steps until they see a blue door
with the number 44 on it.
They have a quick look around and then nod to one another.
JAN knocks on the door and they wait. Footsteps are heard and
then the door opens.
A plain looking WOMAN in her late thirties appears and looks
at JAN and JOSEF.
We are looking for Oldrich Novák.
The woman looks at them. Uncertainty in her eyes.
The Novákovi no longer live here.
A silent beat.
You have their new address?
The WOMAN looks down and sees that JOSEF’s foot is bleeding
and leaving a small pool of blood around his heal.
I heard they were taken by the
Gestapo a month before we moved
into the apartment.
From inside the apartment a MAN’s voice calls out.
Who is it?
(turning inside briefly)
Don’t worry, father. Just someone
looking for directions.
(back to Jan and Josef)
I’m sorry, that is all I know.
(stopping the door from
Please, can you help us?
My father is not well, you must
JAN steps back from the door and JOSEF stares at the WOMAN.
The WOMAN locks eyes with JOSEF. A brief second passes.
There is a veterinarian in the next
row of shops up the street.
I hear he is a good man.
One that may help.
JOSEF nods his thanks and they leave.
18 INT. VETERINARIAN’S SURGERY - DAY 18
A small French bulldog is being held by an ELDERLY WOMAN
while DR EDUARD, mid-50s bookish but kind, is trying to
examine the dog.
The dog is barking and trying to bite DR EDUARD.
He normally only barks at Germans!
Germans and anyone giving him a
DR EDUARD removes his gloved hand from the dog’s rear and
takes off the glove.
He should be fine now but don’t let
him eat the rubbish around the bins
From next door we hear the bell above the front door sound.
DR EDUARD looks up with slight concern - he is not expecting
any other clients today. He reassures the ELDERLY LADY with a
19 INT. VETERINARIAN’S RECEPTION - DAY 19
Frosted glass panels sit on top on wood panels and separate
the reception from the surgery with a door in the centre.
(leading the dog out of
Thank you, Dr Eduard. Come along
In the shop the ELDERLY WOMAN stops to see JAN and JOSEF in
the waiting area - neither have any pets.
The ELDERLY WOMAN looks back at DR EDUARD with a slightly
Look after him, Mrs Spinka.
MRS SPINKA leaves and DR EDUARD turns to JAN and JOSEF. A
brief pause before we cut to:
20 INT. VETERINARIAN’S SURGERY - DAY 20
A close up of JOSEF’s foot. A spot lamp lights a large cut
that is being stitched together by DR EDUARD. Dark sticky
blood surrounds the deep cut and five stitches hold most of
the wound together.
DR EDUARD looks over his glasses at JAN who is peeking out
through the curtains.
Three German soldiers are roughly herding a Jewish
family along the streets. Prodding them, shouting at them.
JAN walks back from the window and looks to JOSEF and then to
Normally, for a dog bite, you would
go to a hospital not a vet.
Did you know Oldrich Novák?
DR EDUARD looks up to JAN and notices JAN’s right hand is
stuffed into coat pocket and is obviously holding a pistol.
DR EDUARD looks back and continues to stitch JOSEF’s wound.
Yes. He and his family were taken
by the Gestapo.
You know why?
They were suspected of anti-Nazi
And what if we were to say Oldrich
Novák was our contact here in
Then I would have to wonder if you
were ill informed Czech patriots or
Gestapo spies trying to infiltrate
what remains of the resistance?
Silence. DR EDUARD looks at JAN’s bag on the floor. Inside we
can partly make out what looks like a decoder paper.
You sound Czech, I detect no German
accent. Neither of you seem to have
been beaten into coercion. You seem
more concerned by the threat
outside this room. The decoding
paper in your bag doesn’t have a
German font and given that this
wound has more tree bark in it than
dog bite, I would have to guess you
have been parachuted back into
Czechoslovakia with intelligence
that is somewhat out of date.
JOSEF winces as the last stitch is finished.
You’re a clever man.
We were also told you were a good
DR EDUARD stands and wipes his hands.
(holds out his hand)
You have papers?
JAN takes a wallet and removes his papers. JAN hands them
over to DR EDUARD.
An official looking document with JAN’s photograph attached.
(inspecting the papers)
Where were these made?
London, why what’s wrong?
Nothing. They’re good.
He hands them back as a volley of shots is heard outside.
JAN starts to go to the window.
DR EDUARD stops him.
Don’t. You could draw attention.
There is nothing we can do. You
will get used to it.
I’m not sure how long you have been
away or what London has told you
about what is going on here.
I think our current situation
answers that, no?
We left for the defence of France
and were evacuated to England when
France fell to the Germans.
It’s been a while.
Since Reinhard Heydrich was
appointed Reich Protektor of the
Czech lands, fear and suspicion
rule. Rewards are given to people
who inform on anti-Nazi activity.
Heydrich has all but nearly crushed
the resistance and has executed
thousands of Czech nationals.
Everyone is scared.
DR EDUARD puts the final bandages on JOSEF’s foot.
I’m just a vet. You didn’t give me
I can put you in contact with the
Miller. Maybe he can help you.
If you can convince him.
You can stay here tonight and I’ll
contact the Miller in the morning.
My friend here said you were a
clever man. I agree.
(indicates his hand in his
Don’t do anything that would change
DR EDUARD nods to the men and then indicates JOSEF’s leg.
Go easy on the foot and you should
be dancing the tango within the
21 EXT. PRAGUE, PANORAMIC SHOT - DAWN 21
Over the rooftops. All is now quiet. The city starts to stir.
22 INT. VETERINARIAN’S SURGERY - MORNING 22
JAN and JOSEF are ready and waiting. They look like they
haven’t slept. JOSEF is checking the street from the window
and JAN is whittling his piece of wood when the sound of keys
are heard unlocking the front door.
JAN opens the surgery door a crack and sees DR EDUARD enter
with another man. He is BRETISLAV BAUMAN, a tall slim man in
his early fifties, educated but with a brusque manner. He is
a local miller but carries himself with the confidence of
something more. His hand deep in his coat pocket proves it.
DR EDUARD stops when he sees JAN and JOSEF in defensive
positions by the surgery door.
This is Bretislav the miller.
BRETISLAV looks at JAN and JOSEF. A pause as they size each
Eduard told me you were looking for
JOSEF looks at BRETISLAV and nods.
Would you like to take a drive with
Awkward pause. Nervous looks.
23 INT. TRUCK - MORNING 23
BRETISLAV drives with JAN and JOSEF on the bench seat next to
A three-storey concrete building put up in the 1920s looms
through the windshield. Cold and functional. The truck
approaches and stops outside the entrance.
Where are all the students?
Germans don’t like colleges. They
encourage people to think.
Most of the academics and
intellectuals have been shot.
BRETISLAV gets out the truck and starts walking across the
courtyard and towards the school building.
What do you think?
I think, stay on your toes.
24 EXT. SCHOOL BUILDING - DAY 24
JAN and JOSEF get out the truck and cross a courtyard and
join BRETISLAV as they all enter through the main large
25 INT. SCHOOL BUILDING, CORRIDOR - DAY 25
JAN, JOSEF and BRETISLAV walk down a long corridor, their
JOSEF looks around: empty class rooms. Some with chairs over
turned. Paint peeling from the walls. Rust marks. Decay. It
doesn’t look good.
JOSEF limps along and snatches a look at JAN. Both have a
hand in their pocket.
The corridor is long. Their footsteps echo out. Tensions at
BRETISLAV looks back over his shoulder at JOSEF. JOSEF meets
his gaze. BRETISLAV turns back and reaches a doorway, goes
through it. JAN and JOSEF follow.
26 INT. SCHOOL BUILDING, CLASSROOM - DAY 26
Sitting behind a desk is a man. Standing next to him is
JAN and JOSEF enter but don’t see the two men either side of
the door they came through.
“CLICK”. Pistols are trained on the back of JAN’s and JOSEF’s
BRETISLAV spins, pistol trained on JAN and JOSEF.
JAN and JOSEF look around to assess the situation. Two armed
men behind. BRETISLAV in front. Two men at the desk in front.
BRETISLAV takes the pistols from JAN and JOSEF’s pockets.
JOSEF looks very angry at himself for walking right into a
BRETISLAV places the pistols on the desk in front of the
seated man. He is JAN ZELENKA, a teacher, code-named ‘UNCLE
HAJSKY’, an intellectual looking man in his early fifties.
Standing next to him is a tall slim man in his mid-forties
with a determined manner. He is LADISLAV VANEK.
The men from behind place two chairs in front of the desk and
recede to cover at the back of the room.
The room is silent.
You were looking for Oldrich Novák?
JOSEF looks at them for what seems a long time. Weighing the
situation, the words he must use.
He was our contact here in Prague.
It hangs in the air.
Who gave you this contact?
BRETISLAV and LADISLAV exchange looks.
And you tell us this because?
You are not leaving us much choice
and this doesn’t look like Gestapo
LADISLAV turns to look at JAN.
You, where are you from?
Your accent, Bohemia?
No, from Dolni Vilemovice, Moravia.
Then you must know the railway
station at Vladislav?
What’s so special about it?
JAN thinks for a moment.
I presume you are talking about the
large bed of coloured roses that
when seen from above is in the
shape of our national flag?
The men regard each other for a pregnant beat.
Is it still there?
Seems the Germans have still not
looked at it from above...
LADISLAV smiles. He pulls up a chair. Sits.
I am Vanek. Ladislav Vanek.
I’m the head of the Jindra
This is Jan Zelenka, code name
I am Jan Kubis.
I am Josef Gabcik. From Slovakia.
You mustn’t be surprised by our
lack of trust. The Gestapo have
been very successful in
infiltrating our network.
The contact that London gave you,
Oldrich Novák. He was taken away
some months ago.
Well, that could have got us
killed, why wasn’t London informed?
We lost contact with the Czech
government-in-exile in London some
months ago. We need replacement
crystals for the transmitter.
We’ve been waiting for them to send
someone to reestablish contact.
Is that you?
There were other men on our plane.
They were dropped elsewhere, it’s
possible they have orders to
reestablish contact with London but
I’m afraid that is not our mission.
What is your mission?
A long beat as JOSEF regards JAN.
We are here as Operation
Derived from the Greek, Anthropos,
It means, resembling a human being
We don’t know what it means other
than the instructions given within
the code name.
There is a long silence in the room.
I take it you want our help for
Whatever it is?
Yes. We will need your help.
We can help of course. But we need
to know what you need help with.
What is Anthropoid?
JAN and JOSEF seem to be struggling with the information they
LADISLAV tilts his head curiously at their struggle.
UNCLE HAJSKY looks at LADISLAV and then back at JAN and
JOSEF. It’s dawning on them just how big this mission could
We are here to assassinate SS
UNCLE HAJSKY and LADISLAV are frozen for a second. Blank
faces just staring back.
The Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and -
Yes, we know who he is...
Are you completely mad?
We have our orders, comrades.
But this is madness!
Heydrich! For Christ sakes,
(trying to interrupt)
Why stop with Heydrich? Why not
have a go at Hitler as well? He’s
only 300 kilometers down the road
in a small village called Berlin.
So we report to London that you are
refusing to cooperate with our
LADISLAV loses it and kicks back his chair as he leaps to a
confrontational stance in front of JOSEF. JOSEF springs up
and stands his ground.
How dare you question us!
You know what we have sacrificed
for the cause here?
The men behind re-train their weapons at JOSEF.
Silence as the men regard each other in the stand off.
Ladislav, please. Sit down...
LADISLAV breaks the stare and returns to his seat as does
You kill Heydrich and Hitler will
tear Prague apart.
I’m talking about the sort of
reprisals we don’t want to imagine,
They will find a weak link, exploit
it. Until someone gives them a
name. Anyone that so much as sold a
newspaper to that name will be
I take it you have family in
Czechoslovakia? Mother? Father?
You kill Heydrich then you can
consider them and everyone that
ever knew you dead...
All Czech patriots should be ready
to die for their country. That
includes my family.
Well, I’m not! I want to carry on
fighting. We don’t have that many
left that are willing to do that.
We are what’s left of the Czech
resistance. We die, it dies.
I suggest a lesser rank should be
assassinated. Perhaps a few of
We could look at Karl Frank or any
of the puppets in the government
here that collaborate with the
Heydrich is the head of the secret
police. Only Hitler and Himmler are
above him in the Nazi hierarchy.
Exactly my point, you really think
you’ll ever get close enough to
Our orders have come direct from
the Czech Government in London.
So this is about the Czech
government in London trying to
impress the allies?
What about when we had an army?
Were willing to fight?
Able to fight?
It was the allies that gave us to
the Germans in the first place...
Am I the only one that remembers
the Munich agreement?
Munich was a betrayal, but it’s
also now history. The question the
Czech Government in exile seems to
be asking is this, are we still
able to fight? Is Czechoslovakia
still ready and able to resist Nazi
The assassination of Reinhard
Heydrich couldn’t send a clearer
message to the world.
Yes, but at what cost?
There is a heavy silence in the room.
You have your orders.
I’m sure Ladislav’s feelings will
not colour his support.
What do you need from us in the
Everything you know on Heydrich.
I presume you want this down to the
fine details of movements, planned
engagements, and so on?
JOSEF and JAN nod.
It will take us a couple of weeks
to figure out who we have on the
inside that can get close to that
kind of information.
There is one other thing.
We lost our equipment in the drop.
What do you need?
Two anti-tank grenades, model 73,
32 pounds of plastic explosives,
two magazines of fuses, three
timing pencils and one Sten Mark II
machine gun with 100 rounds.
And where am I supposed to find all
Hanging thirty meters up from a
pine tree, we can show you
approximately where on a map.
In the meantime I will take you to
one of the safe houses we have in
JAN and JOSEF understand with a grateful nod.
27 OMITTED 27
28 INT. MORAVEC EXTERIOR STAIRWELL - DAY 28
UNCLE HAJSKY leads JOSEF and JAN up the steps of nondescript
five-storey 1920s building. On the top floor UNCLE HAJSKY
knocks on a door. MRS MORAVEC answers it. She is a strong
looking woman in her late forties, dark hair with dark
intense eyes that hint at her dependable resolve and her
resistance to the German invasion of her motherland.
Seeing UNCLE HAJSKY she ushers them inside with some urgency.
29 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - DAY 29
A flat simply furnished in the Czech style. A violin is heard
practicing scales somewhere in the flat.
Good to see you, Uncle. You look in
And so do you, Mrs Moravec.
And who are these two exactly?
Josef here, and this is Jan.
JOSEF and JAN each shake MRS MORAVEC’s hand.
You are both most welcome here and
please call me Auntie Moravec.
Come on through, please.
30 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - MORNING 30
A simple and modestly furnished room with large windows. A
dining table and chairs, several armchairs, a sofa, a cabinet
with books. The kitchen leads off.
MRS MORAVEC leads the three into the room.
(to Josef and Jan)
This will be your base for the time
being. Mrs Moravec will look after
you royally, I am sure.
My husband works on the railways
and knows nothing of what we are
doing. I’ll tell him that you are
lodgers from the country seeking
(calls over her shoulder)
Ata is my son. He is studying to be
(to Josef and Jan)
If you ever need to contact me, use
ATA appears. A lean, friendly twenty-one-year-old.
Ata. This is Josef, and this is
I am pleased to meet you both.
The three shake hands.
(to Josef and Jan)
A couple of things...
Try not to go outside.
If you must, never walk together.
If you are stopped, you’ll need an
excuse for not being at work.
I will speak to our vet, the good
Dr Eduard and see if he can get you
medical certificates stating you
are exempt from work.
We use the code of three knocks
followed by one knock.
An open window with the curtain
drawn is the danger signal. Stay
away at all costs.
Lay low until I can send word
The men nod.
UNCLE HAJSKY bows to MRS MORAVEC and leaves.
The men make a courtesy smile to MRS MORAVEC and then go
about their business. They are checking every part of the
the windows, the locks, and so on.
MRS MORAVEC looks on slightly anguished as she watches them
systematically check everything.
(pointing at the front
That’s the only way in and out?
MRS MORAVEC nods, hands held across her front.
And the room we sleep in?
MRS MORAVEC shows JAN and JOSEF to a little box room off the
corridor. A simple room. Two mattress beds on the floor. A
table and chair. A dresser and in an alcove, a sink with a
JOSEF looks at JAN who has seen a skylight in the ceiling.
(to Mrs Moravec)
There’s a way off the roof?
There is a fire escape to the left.
To the right it continues to the
building next door.
That’s good enough.
JOSEF takes a chair and brings it to the door and wedges it
under the handle.
UNCLE HAJSKY (CONT'D)
JAN takes a tray of china from the table and lifts the table
placing it under the skylight. He jumps on the table and
easily opens the skylight and looks out. He then pokes his
head back in and gives a nod.
OK. The chair stays by the door and
the side table must always be clear
of any china.
MRS MORAVEC nods.
I am sure you both would like a
glass of Becherovka.
Becherovka? Thank you.
The front door is heard opening and JAN and JOSEF instantly
pull out their pistols.
A female voice from the hallway.
It’s OK. It’s Marie.
MRS MORAVEC takes the chair from under the door handle.
JAN and JOSEF hide their pistols.
MRS MORAVEC opens the door and they exit to meet MARIE
Kovárniková in the hallway. MARIE is an attractive girl in
her late teens bearing two heavy shopping bags. She freezes
in slight shock at the two strangers behind MRS MORAVEC.
It’s OK, Marie. This is Jan and
Josef, my cousins from the country.
They will be staying with us while
they are looking for work.
Pleased to meet you, Marie.
JOSEF extends his hand.
Somewhat shyly MARIE puts down the shopping bag and leans
over to shake JOSEF’s hand.
JAN smiles as he shakes her hand.
There is a play between their eyes and its obvious that there
is an attraction on JAN’s part.
Marie, Josef and Jan are not
registered with the police as being
residents here, so remember, please
keep it strictly to yourself.
I’ll put the shopping in the
MRS MORAVEC smiles warmly at MARIE as she takes the shopping
bags into the kitchen to unpack.
JOSEF looks at MARIE leaving and then at MRS MORAVEC. He
Don’t worry, she is a trustworthy
girl. Mrs Kovárniková’s daughter. I
pay her for helping out.
I have to, I get no help from Ata,
always on the violin. And as for Mr
Moravec, he thinks he’s helping out
if he closes a door.
Dinner will be at 6pm.
31 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT 31
JAN and JOSEF help lay plates onto the dinner table.
MARIE helps MRS MORAVEC in the kitchen.
MRS MORAVEC’s husband MR (Alois) MORAVEC is a large
overweight man in his late forties with bushy eyebrows and a
bluff manner. He sits in a chair off to the side reading his
ATA can be heard in the background playing the violin.
Christmas decorations lightly decorate the apartment.
The hot dishes are brought into the dining room.
A modest feast is ready.
(calling out into the
Ata! Dinner is ready!
MR MORAVEC gets out the chair and makes his way to the head
of the table.
Well, I’ll be off now Mrs Moravec
Don’t be silly, Marie. Please stay
and eat with us. We have enough.
JAN steals a glance at MARIE who looks away.
Marie, I insist!
OK, then. Thank you.
MARIE takes a seat opposite JAN. ATA enters the dining room
and sits down.
And finally the fiddler is silent!
(to Mr Moravec)
He’s a violinist, Alois. A
Well, whatever it is, and it
wouldn’t be so bad if he played
something everyone knew.
(proudly to Jan and Josef)
Ata is at the Conservatory for
Wasn’t interested in the railways,
was he? Could be earning good money
now as a clerk. I saw a future for
him as a station master.
Still, I suppose, the lad has to
follow his own path.
ATA has his face over his plate and is too busy eating to
hear this old rant again.
(to Jan and Josef)
You two boys looking for work then?
(swallowing his food)
We’re always looking for boys in
the railway shed, to clean the
cinders out of the locomotives!
That is the dirtiest job in Prague!
JAN steals a look at MARIE and MARIE looks away shyly.
Thank you for the offer, Mr
Moravec. We’ll keep that in mind.
32 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, KITCHEN - NIGHT 32
MARIE is at the sink cleaning the dishes.
JAN brings in the last of the dishes from the table.
JAN leans against the fridge and takes a cigarette packet
from his pocket and offers one to MARIE.
She shakes her head no.
JAN lights up and takes a drag.
So, what do you do when you aren’t
helping out here?
There is a pause between them. Electricity fills the silence.
You don’t have a boyfriend?
Marie shrugs her shoulders shyly and is noncommittal. No one
There is tension and MARIE then breaks into a nervous giggle.
JAN laughs a little too and the tension is relaxed.
JOSEF enters with his plate. He looks at the two of them
briefly before studying MARIE intensely.
You like life in occupied Prague,
I take it not being registered with
the police as residents has
something to do with this question?
I hate the Germans.
You have a friend as good looking
MARIE, looks to JAN and then back to JOSEF.
Seems Prague has changed since we
were last here.
Would be less conspicuous if we
walked around with girls on our
Young love flourishes under German
occupation, that sort of thing.
But you’re not that young.
(turns to Jan)
Feisty and humourous, I like her.
(back to Marie)
Of course you can say no.
Mrs Moravec saying you are
trustworthy is one thing. But doing
this could get you shot.
You should think about that before -
My friend, Lenka.
She sometimes couriers messages for
Good, so she knows how to keep her
mouth shut as well?
We are going to a New Years Eve
dance on Wednesday night.
You would like to go?
JOSEF looks at JAN.
JOSEF turns back to MARIE and nods.
33 INT. PRAGUE DANCE HALL - NIGHT 33
A smoky dance hall, softly illuminated in soft brown hues.
Tables and chairs around the edge of the floor. Some six or
so couples are dancing to a swing band.
JAN and JOSEF stand at the bar.
The atmosphere in the dance hall has an edge. It’s not
relaxed and feels slightly surreal. Almost lost in time.
Nervous looks. A banner hung across the hall proclaims
“HAPPY NEW YEAR - 1942!”
A few off-duty SS officers to one corner. Top buttons undone,
red cheeks. But people avoiding them. A few whores flirt with
Upper class tuxedoes mixing with working class brown jackets.
Business men mixing with artists and Black marketeer’s mixing
with Czech police.
A group of friends drinking. One is quite drunk and starts to
push a mate around. A few others step in and calm the
situation down. Drinks and cigarettes are handed out. Nervous
looks in the direction of the SS officers.
This is occupied Prague. The Dance hall has an a 1920’s
prohibition feeling to it and tonight being New Years eve, a
temporary neutral ground for all attending, but only just
(to the crowd)
Look at them...
Going through the motions like some
old ritual that no longer has any
joy for them.
Maybe there is hope in the
JOSEF lights a cigarette, he is a few beers in. Turns to JAN.
JAN signals OFF SCREEN.
MARIE and LENKA emerge through the crowd arm in arm. Both
beautiful. Both receiving looks from various wannabe suitors.
LENKA FAFEKOVA, like MARIE is elegant with striking red hair,
she is slightly older but beautiful.
Looks like you fell on your feet
JAN looks confused.
The girls approach them.
Hello. Lenka, this is Jan and
JOSEF turns his back on them. MARIE visibly disappointed.
JAN smiles nervously at MARIE. Awkward pause.
You know it’s not very polite to
turn your back on a lady.
JOSEF turns and talks but doesn’t look at them. He looks past
I’ll pay you the compliment of
being the two most beautiful girls
in the room but this is not a night
off for us.
Josef, maybe you are over-reacting
JOSEF gives JAN a look which silences him.
(looking past Lenka and
Me and Jan appreciate the effort
but the point was not to attract
JAN looks over the room.
A few people avert his gaze. Maybe JOSEF has a point.
In future we need you to be as
plain as possible.
Think you can do that?
MARIE nods, feeling small and rebuffed.
You know, for most girls, a little
lipstick is the only way to forget
what is happening here.
Even if it’s only for a few hours.
JOSEF looks at the table with SS officers. One of them
looking over. Observing while inhaling a cigarette.
JOSEF now looks at Lenka for the first time.
Your lipstick gets you noticed and
that gets us noticed and us being
noticed could get us all shot.
And now this little scene needs an
LENKA frowns, not understanding.
JOSEF leans forward and whispers in her ear.
Slap my face so we can leave
LENKA pauses for a second and understands the scene that
needs to be played. She then hauls a slap across JOSEF’s
right cheek. Her face plays the perfect part of a woman
I’m not a whore!
JOSEF rubs his cheek and sees: the SS officer turns and
laughs with the others. The acted story, now clear, has
averted any suspicion.
(whispered to Lenka)
Save your lipstick and pencilled
stockings for when the war is over.
JOSEF pushes past and leaves.
JAN grabs his coat.
(to the girls)
I think that went well.
Awkward beat and JAN follows JOSEF to the exit.
34 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - NIGHT 34
A machine gun is placed on the table.
A British Sten Mark II machine gun.
JAN and JOSEF inspect the weapon and clips as LADISLAV places
two anti-tank grenades on the table.
One hundred rounds.
Model 73 anti-tank grenades with
That’s everything we could retrieve
from the drop canister.
JOSEF takes the Mark II Sten and sniffs the barrel.
That smell reminds me of the
training fields in Scotland!
He throws the gun to JAN who catches it and takes a whiff.
Gun oil and turpentine - sometimes
I think we drank it by the pint.
Uncle says he has made some
progress with the information you
There is a meeting at Café Slavia
on Vodikova Street at 2pm, Tuesday.
You are still determined to go
through with this?
JOSEF looks down at the gun and then at LADISLAV. The silence
confirming their stance.
LADISLAV turns to leave.
(to Ladislav and
indicating the weapon)
LADISLAV nods and leaves.
35 EXT. PRAGUE STREETS - DAY 35
A late afternoon mist hangs in the air. The blackened spires
of the churches and other buildings peek out from the mists
like a dark fairy tale.
People go about their business. People sit outside a café. A
few nervously look around. No one can be trusted. Suspicion
rules the city.
JOSEF is walking besides LENKA. Now she looks like a plain
blonde in her late twenties.
There is an awkward silence between the two. JOSEF looks back
over the street behind and sees:
MARIE and JAN walking together on the side walk.
I just wanted to apologise about
You were completely right to do
what you did.
Marie didn’t fully inform me of the
She is young and still has romantic
ideas about the war.
War is not romantic.
JOSEF regards her for a second. She seems wise beyond her
years - another by-product of war. JOSEF then looks across
A man on the other side of the street in an overcoat and hat
stands looking at them.
JOSEF looks over his shoulder.
Another man seems to be following them.
JOSEF looks back at the first man who is now greeted by a
woman and they start to walk off. Is he being unduly
We cross here.
We are now walking with JAN and MARIE and we see JOSEF and
LENKA cross the street a little up ahead.
After our last date I thought you
might both show wearing potato
MARIE gives a shy smile.
Lenka was very angry that I didn’t
tell her who you both were.
I don’t know what I’m doing.
You are doing fine.
Its not your fault.
It’s hard to see all the sides.
Josef just has a knack for it.
He must think me silly.
MARIE smiles. Her eyes lock with JAN’s. A sweet moment.
Ahead, JOSEF and LENKA have now crossed the street and are
on the same side. They both enter a café.
A man leans on the corner outside the café. Tooth pick in
mouth, foot raised on the wall, relaxed but looking around.
JAN notices him. He must be a lookout for the Jindra
JAN and MARIE pass him and into the café.
36 INT. CAFÉ SLAVIA - AFTERNOON 36
A small neighbourhood café. Just a few locals. They look up
at JAN and JOSEF for a second before going back to their
The PROPRIETOR behind the counter glances up at JOSEF and JAN
and indicates to them to go through a door at the back.
JOSEF and JAN turn to LENKA and MARIE.
Take a seat here and order a drink.
We won’t be long.
MARIE and LENKA nod and sit down at a table.
JOSEF and JAN walk through a doorway and into the back room.
37 INT. SAFE ROOM, CAFÉ SLAVIA - AFTERNOON 37
A grey modestly furnished flat at the back of the café. Both
JAN and JOSEF look round the room and see two other doors
other than the one they entered.
We recognize UNCLE HAJSKY and LADISLAV, head of the Jindra
group from the first meeting.
JAN and JOSEF turn and see three other men: Adolf OPALKA,
Josef VALCIK and Karel CURDA.
The men know each other and are happily reunited. Smiles,
handshakes and slaps on backs.
I see you are no strangers to one
We all trained special operations
Valcik here was even on the same
VALCIK is a heavy set, handsome man with blonde hair.
Dropped ten minutes later and
thirty miles off course!
Glad to see you made it in one
Gentlemen, please sit.
JAN and JOSEF sit at the table and place their pistols in
front of them.
UNCLE HAJSKY and LADISLAV are also at the table, VALCIK and
OPALKA sit to one side. CURDA in the background.
Thanks to Valcik and his group
Silver A, we have finally
reestablished communications with
I have orders to send and receive
any communications between you and
You have your own decoder paper,
JOSEF and JAN nod to VALCIK.
Captain Opalka and Warrant Officer
Curda have completed Operation Out
Distance so both are now available
to assist you.
Captain Opalka is the senior
OPALKA, early thirties, looks every inch the man you would
want as the captain of your team. Sharply chiselled face, a
determined manner. A natural leader.
This is true but your mission
objective supersedes my rank.
We had word from London.
Anthropoid. Utmost priority. Assist
with everything possible.
This is your show, comrades.
CURDA, a nervous man in his late twenties, looks over the
meeting as UNCLE HAJSKY unfolds a map of Prague.
You wanted to know everything we
could find out about Heydrich.
(indicating on map)
We know he lives with his wife and
children at a country chateau in
Panenské Brezany and he has his
office in Prague at Hradcany
Both the chateau and the castle are
heavily guarded and so are out of
What about trips to Berlin?
Probably once a month. He usually
travels by train, we would know as
the railway starts preparing the
special carriages several days in
But the station and train will be
What about derailing the train
outside of Prague?
OPALKA looks at JAN and JOSEF. It’s not a bad idea.
(looking at Josef)
Blowing up a train?
It’s a possibility.
That’s Curda’s department. Curda?
I can get the explosives.
What do we know about blowing up
I can show you. But basically
You would need to blow the tracks
We can derail the train, but that
is no guarantee Heydrich is killed.
I say we check his route between
his home and the castle.
Uncle has made contact with an old
student of his who works as a
repairman at the castle. He is
willing to help but can only
provide us with the information of
what time Heydrich arrives and what
time he leaves the day after.
What good is that?
You can start to build a pattern of
Some days he travels with an armed
escort but some days he doesn’t.
Maybe there is a pattern to this.
This is going to take weeks!
Then it will take weeks. We will
only get one shot at Heydrich.
After that security will be so
tight that you won’t get an olive
between him and us without making
I will rent a flat near the castle
so the repairman can drop off the
timetable from the day before on
his way to work.
Lenka or Marie can be there to
collect them for us.
Good. We’ll check out the route he
takes between the chateau and the
(sliding them across)
Your medical certificates. Work
exempted, in case you are stopped.
(to Jan and Josef)
What will you need?
A camera with film, chemicals to
process it and make prints.
Binoculars, couple of bicycles, a
torch and some red paint.
(frowning at the request)
That’s quite a shopping list, I’ll
see what I can do.
Part of Operation Out Distance was
to re-supply the resistance with
much needed cyanide capsules.
We have lost so many of our people
to the Gestapo and without the
cyanide capsules many have talked -
giving up valuable information into
our operating procedures.
OPALKA distributes the packets of glass vials of cyanide.
In closing I just want to say to
you all that this operation is
involving almost everyone we have.
In the event you are captured by
the Gestapo you will have to face
some harsh facts. There will be no
escape. You will be tortured until
you tell them everything you know.
And then you will be executed.
You must protect your fellow
comrades and shut any links to them
down, so carry the cyanide at all
A heavy beat.
38 INT. CAFÉ SLAVIA - DAY - SAME. 38
MARIE and LENKA sit at the table drinking their coffee.
A GERMAN MOTORBIKE with SIDECAR pulls up outside the Cafe.
The lookout from earlier throws down his toothpick and enters
the cafe. He strides up to the bar and presses the waiters
bell three times.
39 INT. SAFE ROOM, CAFÉ SLAVIA - SAME. 39
UNCLE and LADISLAV react to the bell and the others follow
JAN and JOSEF grab their pistols and JOSEF cracks the door
and the curtain to look into the Cafe.
Two GERMAN soldiers stand at the bar behind the
Behind JOSEF, UNCLE opens the window to a side alley and
starts to signal to CURDA to make an escape.
40 INT. CAFÉ SLAVIA - DAY - SAME. 40
The waiter places a coffee in front of the lookout and gives
his attention to the lead German.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1
The GERMAN SOLDIER #2 is looking at the photos of old Prague
on the wall - this interest is leading him closer to the back
JOSEF sees him moving closer and turns to see CURDA going
through the window but CURDA catches a flower pot with his
foot and the pot falls from the window sill and smashes in
the alley outside.
GERMAN SOLDIER #2 hears it and he walks towards the back
JOSEF steals himself and takes one step away from the door
and aims his pistol.
The German now on the other side of the door - reaches out
for the curtain.
LENKA pushes her coffee cup from the table and it smashes on
Both the soldiers turn and look at her as she drops to one
knee and starts to pick up the pieces.
GERMAN SOLDIER #2 looks back at the door.
On the other side of the door - JOSEF, JAN and the other men
like statues - guns at the ready.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1 opens the pack as he looks down at LENKA’s
stockings as she suggestively finishes picking up the broken
cup and places it on the bar. He lights the cigarette.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1
(to German soldier #2 )
Kumpel, lass uns gehen!
GERMAN SOLDIER #2 turns and walks back to his mate.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1 drops some crowns on the bar and they
41 INT. SAFE ROOM, CAFÉ SLAVIA - SAME. 41
The men stand down and breathe a sigh of relief.
42 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - MORNING 42
CLOSE UP of the wood that JAN has been whittling. JAN is now
using a filing tool. The wood is taking shape into the form
of the human figure.
JOSEF and JAN sit on the sofa staring ahead. ATA is playing
the violin in another room. MR MORAVEC is lighting up his
pipe and chattering away (one gets the impression he would
chatter away even if he didn’t have an audience).
(draws on pipe, billowing
Out of Blue Boar tobacco!? Couldn’t
believe it. I told him I’d been
smoking it for twenty-odd years.
Didn’t have any. Says it’s because
of the war. Didn’t believe that for
Have you found work yet?
Nothing concrete yet. But I think
we have a plan.
We have work down at the yard.
You think perhaps you are too good
to do such work?
No, Mr Moravec. It’s a kind offer.
Maybe if what we have planned
doesn’t work out?
MR MORAVEC gives him a slightly suspicious look as he draws
on his pipe.
JAN and JOSEF help MRS MORAVEC to the kitchen with the
43 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, KITCHEN - MORNING 43
The dishes are being piled in the sink.
(quietly to Josef and Jan)
There are two bicycles downstairs
for you. Both black, both ladies.
Sorry, it was all I could get, I
placed them there earlier.
(hands Josef two leather
A camera, loaded with film and
binoculars. The other bits you
asked for will be here tomorrow.
44 EXT. PANENSKE BREZANY - DAY 44
POV through binoculars: The entrance to Heydrich’s chateau at
Panenské Brezany. Many armed German soldiers are in evidence.
As Uncle said, there are too many
armed guards here.
JAN has turned his bicycle upside down and is pretending to
fix a puncture. Josef lays hidden from sight in a ditch with
his faced glued to the binoculars.
(sneaking a sly look)
Looks like there is a whole
HEYDRICH’s 3.5 litre Mercedes convertible sharks slowly out
of the entrance. It’s being driven by his personal chauffeur
Oberscharführer KLEIN. The top is off and HEYDRICH sits in
Looks like our man.
What’s the time?
Five minutes after nine.
The Mercedes approaches them and roars past at sixty miles
JAN busy with his tire and JOSEF digging deep to keep out
Anything else coming?
No. Riding solo today.
An armed escort now roars past doing its best to keep up with
HEYDRICH but with no way of catching up.
Two minutes behind.
MRS MORAVEC (CONT'D)
The armed escort races past. JOSEF gets up and dusts himself
(retrieving his bicycle)
If we can stop the Mercedes using a
rope or steel cable across the road
then two minutes would be all we
(placing his bicycle the
right way up)
Even if the rope stops the car we
need more than two minute to escape
from here. We would have to deal
with the armed guard here in the
It would not be my first choice.
And if it’s our only choice?
Jan is silent.
The point of the mission is to
I’m more worried that we haven’t
planned what to do if we are
What happens after is not
JAN stares at JOSEF.
Just because London has given no
information that extends beyond the
mission objective doesn’t mean
there shouldn’t be one.
There is a long silence between them until finally:
Let’s follow the route to Hradcany
45 OMITTED 45
46 EXT. PRAGUE STREET - DAY 46
JOSEF and JAN cycle down a street. Ahead there seems to be a
commotion. People in the street.
JAN and JOSEF come to a stop and dismount their bicycles.
They push them through the people who stand and look up. Some
of the people are emotional, others as still as statues. All
are mostly silent.
German soldiers are very much in evidence. A German motorbike
and side car.
Soldiers with German shepherds that bark.
JAN and JOSEF make their way through and then see what
everyone is looking at.
Continuing all the way to the end of the street are people
hung from the street lamp posts by their necks. Signs hang
from their necks; “Traitor” - “Communist” - “Jew”.
It’s a haunting site. Hell, seeping its way into the city.
JAN looks at JOSEF. They continue on in silence.
PAN AND CROSS:
47 INT. CAFE - AFTERNOON 47
JOSEF smokes a cigarette. Lost in thought.
Looks around the cafe.
Uncomfortable shuffles, averted looks.
A knock on the glass window. JOSEF turns:
JOSEF nods to her and she enters and sits opposite.
They silently look at each other. LENKA has made an effort to
look plain but her natural beauty is easy to see.
Do I look plain enough?
JOSEF stubs out his cigarette in the ashtray and nods.
Are you sure?
I can go rub some mud on my face if
you would like?
We have a tram to catch. Let’s go.
48 INT. TRAM - AFTERNOON 48
LENKA and JOSEF sit side by side.
The other passengers avert eyes. The tram silent. Then comes
to a stop. JOSEF signals it’s their stop and they get off.
49 EXT. PRAGUE STREET NEAR CASTLE - AFTERNOON 49
Busy street with workers starting to make their way home.
JOSEF and LENKA walk and suddenly in front of them are four
German soldiers waiting around.
JOSEF calculates it’s too late to cross the street without
looking suspicious so they walk past them.
The soldiers stare at LENKA and a couple of them wolf whistle
and a few lewd comments are heard in German.
Once past, JOSEF guides LENKA across the street to the corner
of Kirchmayerstrasse into Klein Holeschowitzerstrasse.
I need to take some pictures. Will
you be my model?
JOSEF takes out the CAMERA from its case. It’s an old
Rolleicord twin-lens reflex camera:
LENKA stands in front of JOSEF.
JOSEF frames the camera but it seems to be pointing at the
street behind LENKA.
She looks over her shoulder at the street and then back to
JOSEF takes a picture and then winds the film.
OK, one from over there.
LENKA re-positions herself.
JOSEF re-frames. Again the position of the frame seems to be
off to one side at the street corner behind her.
CLICK. JOSEF winds the film. Re-positions the camera to the
other side of LENKA where there is a waiting tram and CLICK.
LENKA realises that JOSEF is shooting a reconnaissance of the
area and has no interest in taking her photo.
Another CLICK and WIND.
JOSEF now points the camera at LENKA. Her guard down. An
honest moment. The real LENKA exposed for a fraction of a
second. She is looking at JOSEF but almost off into the
distance. JOSEF intuitively senses something in that moment
and takes a picture.
In EXTREME CLOSE UP we see the metal shutter and iris open
allowing the light onto the film. The mechanical shutter
grunts and then snaps shut.
50 EXT. PRAGUE CITYSCAPE - DAWN 50
The black spires rise out of the dawn mist, eerie.
51 EXT. HRADCANY CASTLE - MORNING 51
HEYDRICH’s Mercedes pulls through the gates of the castle. An
armed escort right behind.
From a window above, the REPAIRMAN watches down as the car
enters the gates of the castle.
52A EXT. PRAGUE CITYSCAPE -DAWN 52A
A new dawn over the city as it slowly starts to wake.
52 EXT. PRAGUE STREET NEAR CASTLE - MORNING 52
We follow a man from behind as he walks down the street.
CLOSE UP of the man’s hand as he reaches into his jacket
pocket and takes out a small envelope.
He stops by a window of an apartment that looks out onto the
pavement and he knocks on the glass.
The window opens and he hands the envelope to LENKA.
He looks at her for a second. He is the REPAIRMAN.
The REPAIRMAN’s POV through the window: he sees JOSEF and JAN
partly hidden by the blowing net curtains.
The REPAIRMAN continues onto the castle.
53 INT. UNCLE HAJSKY’S RENTED FLAT - MORNING 53
LENKA gives the envelope to JOSEF. He opens it.
CLOSE UP on the contents:
9.15 - 5.15 With.
Arrived 9.15. Left at 5.15. With an
MARIE looks at LENKA.
JOSEF looks at LENKA and then at JAN. Not sure how much to
There is only one person in Prague
that travels with an armed escort.
MARIE looks slightly panicked.
You’re going to assassinate
What? Heydrich is the target?
For your own safety, it’s best you
don’t ask too many questions.
It’s a bit late for that, no?
You agreed to help the resistance.
Who the target is does not concern
We are about to help you murder
Reinhard Heydrich. Of course it
OK, everyone just calm down.
JAN leads MARIE to a seat at the table. Makes her sit.
Maybe it was a mistake not to
inform you of the danger ...
Murder somehow implies he has a
life worth living.
On the table in front of LENKA is JOSEF’s pistol.
You think I’m some little girl that
is just here to follow the
important parachutists around?
She takes JOSEF’s pistol and strips the clip, the top barrel,
removes the chambered bullet and inspects the line, then
resembles it. It all takes no more than six seconds.
She stands and walks towards JOSEF where she hands him the
We have been resisting in our own
way from the beginning.
I personally don’t have any
reservations killing a Nazi pig.
But don’t treat us as though what
you are about to do doesn’t affect
It does and it will.
(hands Josef his pistol)
And you should keep your weapon
clean. It’s filthy.
JOSEF shares a look with JAN. They’ve been told.
54 OMITTED 54
54B INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - NIGHT 54B
JOSEF places the camera on the table.
Pours some chemicals into a measuring jug and then into a
soup pot. Indicates to JAN to hit the light. The room goes
dark and JOSEF takes the film from the camera and places it
in the pot.
JAN switches the light back on and JOSEF shakes the pot while
looking at his watch.
JOSEF places a light bulb into a pot of red paint.
The negatives are processed and JOSEF inspects them under the
Books are placed on top of one another forming two small
A 12x12 cm matte is cut from white card to be used as a
JOSEF removes the back of the camera and balances the camera
between the books with the lens facing down and the open back
The now red light bulb is screwed into the socket. JAN
switches the main light off and JOSEF switches on the red
bulb. The room bathed in red light safe for printing.
The negatives are laid onto the open camera back and JAN
holds a torch above to shine light through the negative. The
negative is projected through the lens and appears onto the
JOSEF turns the focus knob and a negative image comes into
sharp focus on the printing easel - A home made enlarger.
The torch is switched off and paper placed into the easel.
The torch is switched back on and then off for an exposure.
The printing paper is then placed into a frying pan filled
with developing chemical and gently rocked.
An image of a Prague street slowly starts to appear on the
55 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, KITCHEN - EVENING 55
MRS MORAVEC is doing the dishes with MARIE doing the drying.
In the background we hear ATA practicing the violin.
56 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - EVENING 56
JAN and JOSEF sit looking through the photos that JOSEF took
with the Rolleicord.
Street of the route Heydrich takes to work everyday. On the
edge of each photo is an out of focus LENKA.
JOSEF takes a magnifying glass and studies the photos in
CLOSE UP of photo - The sharp turning from Kirchmayerstrasse
into Klein Holeschowitzerstrasse.
So, in the morning he approaches
from that direction and then turns
here to his right.
It’s a pretty sharp turn. He would
have to slow down quite a bit.
It’s the slowest part of the whole
We’re not going to find anywhere
Perhaps not perfect, but you’re
right, nowhere better.
They regard each other and are in agreement. JOSEF looks down
at the photos and sees the final photo he took of LENKA. It
stops him and he regards it for a second. JOSEF separates the
photo from the rest and places it in his wallet.
JAN notices. JOSEF stands.
57 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - EVENING 57
ATA stands in front of a music sheet stand practicing as
JOSEF enters the room. JOSEF watches ATA perform.
ATA finishes the piece and looks at JOSEF.
I need to see Uncle. Can you let
MR MORAVEC enters the front door. He sees JOSEF talking
closely to ATA and he sees ATA nodding in affirmation.
ATA and JOSEF look over at MR MORAVEC. A moments pause and
then JOSEF heads back to his room and ATA starts playing the
MR MORAVEC looks concerned.
58 INT. UNCLE HAJSKY’S RENTED FLAT - MORNING 58
JAN sits whittling the wood and looking up inspects MARIE who
sits opposite trying to reassemble JAN’s pistol.
Breach over the lock.
Slide and release.
She completes the action.
There you go.
MARIE smiles at learning the action.
Tell me what London was like.
Me and Josef only went once. There
was a blackout in place and then a
The London Underground was used as
air raid shelters and we spent the
night there listening to the
English sing their songs.
There are three knocks followed by one knock on the window.
JAN stops and MARIE goes to the window and opens it.
The REPAIRMAN passes the envelope through. He looks past
MARIE and locks eyes with JAN.
JAN’s POV of the REPAIRMAN is interrupted by the net curtain
blowing in the wind.
The REPAIRMAN then leaves and continues to work.
MARIE hands it to JAN.
JAN switches his attention to the envelope. Opens it:
9.17 - 4.42 Without.
JAN writes it down on the sheet. We see that there is at
least eight such entry times on the sheet.
JAN runs his hands through his hair and exhales a frustrated
MARIE looks at JAN.
I don’t see any pattern. The start
times are consistent but the armed
escort seems to be pot luck.
Some days yes, some days they’re on
Are you really going to go through
We have our orders.
So you kill Heydrich. What then?
You think there aren’t more like
him? They come and the killing
continues, even worse than it did
When does it stop?
I wish I had an answer for you. You
think any of this makes sense to
Things used to be simple.
I worked at a paper factory. Clock
in at eight, clock out at five.
Wages on a Friday and a drink with
the boys. A date on Saturday, go to
the pictures on Sunday.
Now I’ve been given orders to
assassinate a high ranking SS
officer that very few of us will
have any chance of walking away
MARIE holds a clenched fist to her chest as if in pain.
Then let’s walk away now. Let’s
And go where, Marie? You think we
can escape from what is happening?
Pretend this madness is not real?
Some days, I’m not even sure it is
real. Heydrich chokes the people of
this city with a blanket of fear.
People shot for what? Their race?
Their religion? Their cigarettes?
And my father says we are lucky as
the Germans need the Czech people
and their factories to make
(starts to cry)
You hear the stories about Poland.
JAN takes her hand.
Shhh, Marie, it’s okay.
They are suddenly very close, looking at one another.
(searches Jan’s eyes)
We were taught ‘Thou shall not
kill’ and yet here we are planning
to kill someone. Just tell me we
are doing the right thing. That two
wrongs will somehow make a right?
JAN searches her eyes for the longest time.
59 EXT. CITY PARK - DAY 59
JOSEF and LENKA walk through the mist covered park. The trees
seem like black statues.
LENKA looks over JOSEF. New lines of stress have appeared on
I think it’s my turn to apologize
to you about the other morning.
You were right to be angry. We
should have told you what was at
To give you the choice to walk
Opinions are divided as to what
Many have got used to German rule.
Many are just scared.
But not you.
LENKA’s turn to give JOSEF a silent glance.
You know your way around a pistol.
My father was a captain in the
Wanted sons but got three
He and many others were arrested in
‘39 when Germany took control of
When Heydrich first took power here
last September, his first order was
to execute all the prisoners.
My father was among five thousand
of the best military and academic
minds shot in the first week by
Afterwards, people started to call
Heydrich the butcher of Prague.
So, for me, there is no walking
away, Heydrich is worth the risk.
JOSEF give her a look. She, like many people, has lost a lot
since the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
There is a man sitting on a bench reading a newspaper.
JOSEF and LENKA sit on the bench next to him and we see it’s
LENKA sits in the middle and JOSEF acts as if he is talking
to LENKA but he’s actually talking to UNCLE HAJSKY.
We have checked the route.
We think we know how to do it.
What will you need?
We are going to need Opalka, Valcik
OK. I will arrange a meeting at the
café the day after tomorrow, 3pm.
Our original contact address here
in Prague was Oldrich Novák. Did
you ever find out who had informed
the Gestapo about him?
UNCLE HAJSKY shakes his head no.
Who was his direct handler?
And Ladislav? How long has he been
part of the Jindra resistance?
He was one of the first.
You trust him?
He is one most opposed to what we
have to do.
He fears reprisals.
From the Gestapo if he doesn’t
inform them or from Jindra if he
JOSEF stands and LENKA follows.
(lighting a cigarette)
When a man doesn’t want to rock the
boat, you have to ask what is he
A long pause as UNCLE HAJSKY thinks about it.
I’ll look into it.
JOSEF and LENKA continue their stroll through the park.
60 INT. UNCLE HAJSKY’S RENTED FLAT - DAY 60
JOSEF and LENKA enter the flat.
JAN and MARIE are nowhere to be seen.
A soft clicking noise and we see a gramophone, the record
finish, the needle catching.
LENKA picks up the needle and looks at the record that was
playing. She smiles and puts the needle back to the beginning
of the record.
JOSEF opens the door to the bedroom.
JAN stands by the bed pulling his trouser braces over his
shoulders, his shirt undone. MARIE is in the bed. She pulls
the sheets over her naked breasts.
The music starts in the background.
He closes the door and looks at LENKA.
A brief moment passes before them before they both try and
make themselves busy.
61 INT. CAFÉ SLAVIA - AFTERNOON 61
Steam pours from a large antiquated coffee machine.
JAN and JOSEF enter with LENKA and MARIE. The girls take a
seat at the table near the window.
JOSEF and JAN nod to the PROPRIETOR behind the counter as
they go to the back room.
62 INT. CAFÉ SLAVIA, SAFE ROOM - AFTERNOON 62
OPALKA, VALCIK are drinking cikorka. UNCLE HAJSKY and
LADISLAV at the table. JOSEF and JAN join them. CURDA guards
the curtain at the café doorway.
JOSEF takes out a map of Prague and spreads it on the table.
We have checked every inch of his
route from his home to the castle.
(points at the map)
OPALKA checks the map.
Corner of Kirchmayerstrasse into
His car would have to slow down to
take that corner.
Really slow down.
He takes it at about 10 miles per
We’ve looked everywhere else and we
think this is the only place it can
(checks the area on the
You have good exit routes. The busy
street will add to the confusion
and cover your escape.
We averaged out all his morning
arrival times and can expect him at
At that range? The Sten gun should
hit everything within the car.
We also have two Model 73 anti-tank
We may need more than the guns to
stop the vehicle. The grenades can
be rigged to explode on impact.
And the armed escort?
There is a slight pause. JOSEF looks at JAN.
We have found no pattern for the
armed escort. Some days he has it,
some days he doesn’t.
Valcik, we are going to need a look
out fifty yards up the road here.
(taps the map)
We will need an early signal to
know if the armed escort is with
him or not.
And if it is?
Then we stand down and await the
Comrades, you know I have been
against this action from the start.
I can’t give the go-ahead without
asking London to reconsider.
Glances are exchanged between UNCLE HAJSKY and JOSEF.
I’m with Ladislav. We should get
London to rethink our position here
We have our orders.
It’s easy for London to give
orders - it’s our lives on the
Then at least wait for reconfirmation.
It’s taken four months just to get
London needs action...
Then a few more days won’t make a
(looking to Valcik)
Valcik? How long before you can get
to the transmitter.
We can get to the transmitter the
day after tomorrow. Then a couple
of days for London to transmit back
Then that is settled. Remain at the
Moravecs’ place. I’ll contact you
Grave looks are exchanged from the divided men.
63 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT 63
Close up of a birthday cake with 19 candles.
Everyone congratulates ATA on his birthday.
The cake is placed in front of ATA. He blows out the candles -
a moments darkness.
Clapping and cheers - A brief mood of merriment within so
MARIE turns on the lights of the living room.
JAN, JOSEF, MARIE, LENKA, MR and MRS MORAVEC all present as
the cake is cut and distributed.
Wine glasses show that all are relaxed and in good cheer.
JOSEF raises a glass to ATA.
JAN has his arm around MARIE and he looks slightly drunk as
he knocks back his glass of wine.
He whispers something in her ear and then ‘tings’ his wine
glass with a tea spoon.
Ata, I know tonight is your party
but I just wanted to make a little
JAN clears his throat and smiles at MARIE.
I have asked Marie to marry me and
she has said yes.
More clapping and words of congratulations are spoken.
JOSEF smiles but it fades to a dark look that he tries to
LENKA notices it, and JOSEF sees that she has seen it - looks
64 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - LATER. 64
JOSEF stands in front of a mirror shaving. Mind deep in
In the background JAN enters the room. He is drunk. Swaying.
JOSEF watches him in the mirror, the elephant in the room is
putting him off his shave. JAN regards him.
JOSEF wipes his face with a towel and faces JAN.
You know why we are here right?
What we are about to do?
JAN nods, eyes trying to focus on JOSEF as he processes the
thought and regrettably nods.
Then what the f*ck are you doing?
JAN lost in thought, then a hopeful look at JOSEF.
Who is to say it won’t happen?
London calls it off.
We’re too close and London knows
Jan starts to emotionally break a little.
JOSEF steps forward and grabs the lapel of his jacket.
You got to lock that away.
I don’t want your emotions
affecting your judgement and
jeopardizing the operation.
JAN nods. Coming back to focus and putting on a brave face.
I have to think that there is a way
That when this is all over, there
will be a normal life waiting for
us. The way things used to be.
Marie makes me feel that there is
I love her.
JOSEF doesn’t have an answer. He has nothing similar that
gives him strength other than the mission itself. Maybe he is
even a little envious that JAN has this.
He releases his grip on JAN’s lapel.
65 INT. UNCLE HAJSKY’S RENTED FLAT - DAY. 65
JOSEF sits at the table. The Sten gun in 4 pieces laid out
before him. He is slotting the weapon back together
BLINDFOLDED. He does it quickly placing the finished gun on
JAN looks at his watch.
15 seconds but you didn’t add the
JOSEF removes the blind fold.
Lighter and smaller without it
OK. I will try doing under my coat.
LENKA and MARIE watch on as JOSEF takes the gun apart again.
LATER and we see a series of close up shots of the Model 73
anti-tank grenade being taken apart and replaced with new
The Model 73 is just too big.
Sweat pours from JAN’s face as he concentrates on the
JAN takes the explosive from the Model 73 and fits it into
cout down water canteen and tapes it up with tape. He
finishes the delicate work and slowly slides them across the
Had the idea to transfer the Model
73 into water canteen for better
JOSEF seems impressed.
(placing the finished item
Rigged for impact detonation.
Don’t drop them...
JAN moves his hand and knocks one of the Model 73 grenades
over, it rolls and falls off the edge of the table.
JOSEF dives for it and catches it before it hits the ground.
JAN looks down at JOSEF on his back with amusement.
That’s the empty one.
They both start to laugh nerviously.
66 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - EVENING 66
JAN, JOSEF, MRS MORAVEC and MR MORAVEC are sitting around the
crowded table. The meal is coming to an end.
ATA enters and takes a seat. He sees his father lighting his
pipe and slides an envelope across the table towards JOSEF.
JOSEF takes the envelope and nods.
67 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - EVENING 67
JOSEF opens the envelope and takes a piece of paper from it.
The page full of letters like a letter puzzle.
He holds it up to the light and JAN takes the DECODER PAPER
we saw earlier from under the bed and small book.
JOSEF starts to decode the message. Looking at sentences in a
book and counting the letters he starts to decode the
Is that it?
Nothing about getting us out
We complete the mission and await
further instructions from London.
London knows this is a probable
A long pause between the men as they consider this. It’s
interrupted by three sudden knocks at the front door. KNOCK!
JAN and JOSEF grab their guns. Then:
68 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EVENING 68
JOSEF opens the front door. UNCLE HAJSKY and LADISLAV stand
They let them in. They look slightly panicked.
69 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, DINING ROOM - EVENING 69
The men stand around the dining table.
We have a problem.
One of our spies within the
Heydrich house has read a piece of
correspondence that has ordered
Heydrich back to Berlin.
Within the household there have
been conversations about a new
posting to Paris.
It means that after he leaves for
Berlin he may not be back.
When does he leave?
That’s the day after tomorrow!
Tomorrow morning will be your only
After that he is gone for good.
Looks are exchanged.
Then we have no choice. We do it
LADISLAV takes a long look at UNCLE.
What is it?
Vanek here received a transmission
They agreed with my request to
stand down the mission.
He takes a piece of paper from his pocket and reads:
We believe we see the situation
clearly, therefore, given the
situation, any actions against
officials of the German Reich do
not come into consideration. Let
Jindra group know.
JAN looks hopefully at JOSEF.
Uncle gave us a coded message from
London. Our mission has not
changed. We are to go ahead as
But this clearly states you must
That message was not for us and we
do not recognize it as a direct
order to stand down.
Then at least wait for us to
clarify it. It may have superceded
We do not have the luxury of time.
After tomorrow Heydrich is gone.
I have to agree with Josef. That
transmission does not read like a
direct order and I believe it was
sent to settle nerves within the
A long silence, then LADISLAV gathers his things.
I know you all doubt me. Suspect me
Please stop Uncle...
I know you’ve had me followed.
I understand you don’t trust me but
you have been planning this mission
for the last five months. If I was
an informer for the Gestapo, you
think you would still be here? Do
Then why are you so against it?
What are you afraid of?
LADISLAV gives a huff with a shake of the head.
And Jesus asked him, “What is your
name?” He replied, “My name is
Legion, for we are many.
What kind of retribution is fitting
for the man that may be the devil
I fear Czechoslovakia will be wiped
from the map.
You ask me if I’m afraid?
Yes, I’m afraid.
A pregnant pause hangs in the air.
LADISLAV turns on his heels and leaves, passing Mr. Moravec
as he enters the dinning room.
The raised voices have clearly woken Mr. Moravec from his
What is going on here?
I’m sorry Mr. Moravec. Please go
back to bed.
A long tense moment.
I know what you are planning to do.
We are all resisting in our own
way. But I must think of my family
I would like you both gone from
here after tomorrow.
The men nod and Mr. Moravec finally leaves.
(back to Uncle)
We do it tomorrow morning. As
And if he has an armed escort?
We can’t stand down and wait
A few tense looks.
Get word to Opalka, Curda and
Valcik. If there is an escort then
they can keep them busy but the
first bullet has to be for
Tell them to be on the corner at
UNCLE HAJSKY gives a sad but reassuring smile.
May God be with you.
UNCLE HAJSKY and LADISLAV turn and leave.
70 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - NIGHT 70
JOSEF places the weapons on a small table.
JOSEF examines the Sten gun. He removes the stock to make it
JOSEF clears the chamber of the Sten, clocks it and releases
the trigger. The hammer makes a hollow click. He dismantles
it into 3 pieces and places it in a black bag, and then
places some STRAW over the top to hide it.
JAN is pacing again like a caged animal. He is trying to deep
breathe but the walls seem to be crashing inwards.
Frustration of the uncertainty of what lays ahead. Panic
attack fast approaching. Hyperventilating and muscle cramps.
JOSEF goes to him but JAN pushes him away.
I don’t want to die tomorrow.
JOSEF grabs him and tries to restrain him. JAN resists. A
vase is knocked from the side table and smashes on the floor.
JOSEF gets behind JAN and controls a slide down the wall
until they are both sat on the floor. JOSEF behind JAN.
MRS. MORAVEC comes in. JOSEF holds one hand up to her.
It’s okay, it’s okay...
MRS. MORAVEC looks worried but nods and leaves the room.
Hey! Hey! Breathe! With me.
Big breathe in.
Big breathe out.
Grabs a clip and a box of ammo from the table.
Here! Look, as we were trained.
JOSEF loads a bullet into the clip.
Nice and easy. You do it.
JAN starts to load a bullet in to the clip.
That’s it. Easy does it. And again.
JAN loads another. The panic attack subsiding.
There you go.
It’s OK. Breathe, concentrate on
It’s an incredibly tender and heart-breaking scene. We have
never seen JAN this vulnerable before and we have never seen
JOSEF this caring.
I’ve shot at men in the field.
Never killed one up close.
We have a job to do. People are
counting on us.
If he does have an armed escort
We must send a clear message that
we are not afraid. That
Czechoslovakia is not afraid.
Whatever the outcome for us,
Heydrich must die.
A pause. JOSEF nods his head.
JAN looks into space for a second and then nods his head in
71 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - NIGHT 71
Two beds on the floor. Soft moonlight bathes the room. A
clock gently ticks.
JAN and JOSEF’s eyes are wide open and staring up at the
ceiling. Each lost in thoughts of the mission.
72 EXT. PRAGUE PANORAMA - DAWN. 72
A high-angled panoramic shot of the city of Prague.
73 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, DINING ROOM - MORNING. 73
JAN and JOSEF enter the dining room with their coats and
MRS MORAVEC stands and begins to gather the dishes.
ATA eats breakfast and MR. MORAVEC gives JAN and JOSEF a dark
MRS MORAVEC takes the plates out to the kitchen.
JAN follows her out.
74 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, KITCHEN - EVENING 74
MRS MORAVEC starts to wash the dishes. She is suddenly aware
that JAN is looking at her. They exchange a glance.
JAN hands MRS MORAVEC the small figure he has carved in wood.
MRS MORAVEC looks at the figure in her palm.
CLOSE UP of the figure. It’s a wooden figure of a German SS
She suddenly understands, swallows hard.
MRS MORAVEC then looks across to ATA who is wiping his plate
with a crust of bread unaware of what has just taken place,
but he must know.
MRS MORAVEC places the figurine into the front pocket of her
pinafore and brushes some imagined crumbs from her dress. She
nods in confirmation.
MRS MORAVEC leans on the counter for support. She looks at
JAN, both silent.
75 EXT. MORAVEC BUILDING - EARLY MORNING 75
JAN and JOSEF walk across the street and to an alley where
two bicycles are parked. They pull the bicycles into the
street and find LENKA waiting there. She looks deeply preoccupied
and doesn’t take her eyes off JOSEF.
I’ll wait for you up the street.
JAN walks off and leaves LENKA and JOSEF facing each other.
Uncle said we weren’t needed for a
It’s today, isn’t it?
A long pause hangs in the air between the two of them.
Promise me -
She stops halfway through her sentence. She knows that nobody
can promise anything in times like this.
Their eyes locked. Time almost frozen.
JOSEF steps forward and kisses her. His action quick. His
body almost swallowing her up. And then he is gone. LENKA
finds gravity again with a sound of expelled breath.
JOSEF now striding off in to the distance. Doesn’t look back.
76 EXT. KIRCHMAYERSTRASSE - MORNING 76
JOSEF and JAN cycle down the street. Ahead they see VALCIK
and OPALKA standing by a tram stop.
JOSEF and JAN park their bicycles against a fence.
The four men meet and light cigarettes as if they are just
normal men ready to start their day’s journey to work.
We have plenty of time. 8.25.
Where is Curda?
OPALKA and VALCIK shrug. CURDA is missing.
Valcik, you take to the hill up
(checking the sky)
We have some sun so take this
If he approaches without an armed
escort then use it to signal this.
And if he does?
Then light a cigarette.
When the car slows to take the
corner I will step out and open
fire with the Sten. My action will
signal the attack.
Jan, stand behind the attack point
so you can throw the grenades at
the armed escort if there is one.
Opalka, when you see the car
approach, try a slow walk across
the street, see if you can slow him
down even further before he takes
The men disperse to their agreed stations.
JOSEF and JAN take a seat on a nearby bench. JOSEF takes the
parts of the Sten gun from the black bag and re-assembles
them under his raincoat which is draped across his legs.
VALCIK has taken up his position further along from where he
will get the first sight of HEYDRICH. He looks at his watch:
OPALKA looks up towards VALCIK then across to where JOSEF and
JAN are sitting.
JOSEF pulls the firing pin back on the Sten. The hollow sound
indicates that the weapon is cocked and ready.
They both stand up.
There is a moment between them. Everything has led to this.
They give a nod.
JOSEF nods and JAN turns towards his position further up
JAN looks across to OPALKA and nods as several trams arrive
and disgorge passengers.
A WOMAN passes pushing a pram.
A MAN hobbles by on crutches.
Two YOUNG LOVERS walk by hand in hand.
A car honks its horn.
A horse pulls a cart loaded with scrap metal.
This is Prague, a living city. On the verge of a major event.
JOSEF and JAN look up to VALCIK waiting for a signal.
JAN looks at his wristwatch: 10.10.
JAN looks over to JOSEF who gives a shrug.
JAN looks down. His hand starts to shake uncontrollably. He
grabs his wrist and tries to stop it. His breathing is heavy.
Breathe, as we were trained...
He looks up.
VALCIK at the top of the street suddenly turns and gives the
signal, a mirror flashing the reflection of the morning sun
across the faces of JAN and JOSEF. HEYDRICH is approaching
and without an armed escort!
JOSEF steps out to the corner of the street with the Sten gun
concealed under his draped coat.
JAN opens the brief case and grabs a grenade ready to throw.
Two trams come to a halt on the opposite side of the road.
HEYDRICH’s Mercedes speeds over the hill and down
JAN looks at the Mercedes as it starts to slow down.
As OPALKA crosses the street in front of the
Mercedes. The Mercedes breaks and sounds its horn at OPALKA.
JOSEF sees the Mercedes approaching him and the turning.
JAN’s POV of the Mercedes approaching JOSEF and the turning.
JOSEF steps into the road. The Mercedes is now only several
yards away as it approaches him.
JOSEF throws off the coat covering the Sten gun, raises it
and aims at HEYDRICH who is sitting in the open front
HEYDRICH’s POV. JOSEF looming ahead, Sten gun in hand.
JOSEF has the target in point blank range. A sure thing.
Time slows down.
JOSEF pulls the trigger.
It is a single hollow sound that comes from the Sten gun.
IT HAS JAMMED!
JOSEF pulls the trigger again...
IN SLOW MOTION and IN CLOSE UP JOSEF re-cocks the firing pin -
A piece of STRAW is seen caught within the breach.
HEYDRICH sees this and immediately grabs his pistol.
Halten das auto!
HEYDRICH stands up with his pistol and aims at JOSEF.
JAN’s POV of HEYDRICH standing aiming his pistol at the
JOSEF pulls at the trigger again - “CLICK”.
JAN steps forward and throws a grenade at the Mercedes.
JOSEF throws down the Sten and stares down the barrel of
JAN’s grenade explodes at the rear of the vehicle.
The blast throws up a shower of fragments from the car some
of which hit JAN in the face.
From inside a nearby tram, the blast from the bomb shatters
all the windows showering the passengers with glass. There
are shouts and screams from the dazed and frightened
An angle from within the tram. We see the driver KLEIN firing
his pistol at JAN.
JAN’s escape is blocked by a now crowded road. Blood pours
from a cut above his eye. He fires shots into the air to
clear a path through. He mounts his bicycle and pedals off
Behind him VALCIK has pulled a pistol and fires two shots at
KLEIN ducks and returns four shots.
One hits VALCIK in the thigh and he goes down.
KLEIN then turns and sees:
JAN getting away on the bicycle.
KLEIN steps forward and fires two shots.
But JAN is covered by the crowd and two of them get caught in
the cross fire.
A clear path opens up for KLEIN and a good shot at JAN is
lost as JAN disappears round the corner of a building.
HEYDRICH is now out of the car and is holding his pistol, but
he is in great pain. He has been hit somewhere.
HEYDRICH staggers towards JOSEF and fires several shots at
him. The shots are returned by JOSEF from behind a telegraph
HEYDRICH then collapses as KLEIN appears beside him.
JOSEF fires two quick rounds but they miss KLEIN and
KLEIN runs at JOSEF firing his pistol.
JOSEF runs up the hill with KLEIN in pursuit. KLEIN goes to
fire at JOSEF but his gun is empty.
JOSEF fires a couple of shots back at KLEIN but fails to hit
VALCIK is back up and attempting to run from the scene with a
HEYDRICH is slumped against the side of the car. Pale.
Laboured breathing. The CAMERA TRACKS OFF him and TRACKS into
the passenger seat. A hole has been blown through the seat
and its horse hair stuffing is exposed. Blood slowly drips
from the horse hair. Drip, drip, drip...
Reaching the bottom of the hill JOSEF sees a butcher’s shop
and hopes he can find refuge there. He runs towards it.
77 INT. BUTCHER’S SHOP - MORNING 77
A small shop with the BUTCHER cutting meat on a block. JOSEF
rushes in and the BUTCHER is immediately alarmed by his
presence and attempts to throw him out.
JOSEF points his Colt semi-automatic at him and the BUTCHER
runs out into the street.
JOSEF goes through to the back of the shop and finds that
there is no rear entrance. He returns to the front of the
shop and looks out.
POV through the shop window - JOSEF sees the BUTCHER talking
to KLEIN and gesticulating towards his shop.
Time is running out for JOSEF. He must act soon. He runs from
the shop gun aimed.
He has caught KLEIN unawares.
KLEIN raises his gun and fires but JOSEF is quicker and
shoots at him twice, hitting him in the leg and hip as KLEIN
drops to the ground.
JOSEF runs out down the street and into an alley.
78 EXT. PRAGUE STREET - MORNING 78
JOSEF emerges from the alley and runs for a moving tram. He
catches up and jumps on board.
79 INT. TRAM - MORNING 79
JOSEF is out of breath. He moves up the tram and takes a
seat. He throws a few nervous glances around the tram but
nobody seems to be paying him any attention.
The tram gains distance from the chaotic scene behind.
80 EXT. PRAGUE STREET, TOWN SQUARE - MORNING 80
The tram comes to a stop and JOSEF steps off.
He looks around trying to get his bearings and sets off in a
81 EXT. MORAVEC BUILDING - MORNING. 81
As JOSEF approaches the building he sees CURDA waiting
outside. He seems greatly agitated.
Where were you Curda?
I didn’t think you were really
going to do it.
JOSEF grabs him by the collar, looks like he is going to
smash his face in.
It’s all over the radio.
You shot him?!
JOSEF clenches his jaw in anger and then releases him.
The radio said that 20,000 SS
troops have been drafted in to look
I have to get my family out of
No one is going anywhere. You try
and flee now they will pick you up
before you get to the city limits.
Go back to your family, batten down
the hatches and stay calm. Stay out
of sight and keep your mouth shut.
Think you can do that?
(off Curda’s nod)
Now get out of my sight.
82 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - DAY 82
JAN is already there. He is sitting on a bench as MRS MORAVEC
treats his wounds with iodine. JAN is weakened and greatly
agitated. Did they or did they not succeed?
A heavy silence hangs in the air between them.
JOSEF slowly shakes his head in utter disbelief of the events
that have just happened.
JOSEF loses it and swipes some tins of food off a shelf.
He was definitely wounded.
KURVA! The Sten gun! That bloody
I had him!
JOSEF points an invisible Sten gun into space. His
imagination reliving the moment.
I bloody had him...
HE WAS RIGHT THERE!
MRS MORAVEC finishes attending to JAN’s face and stands,
putting away her things.
Silence hangs heavy in the room.
83 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - DAY 83
KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!
JAN and JOSEF sit bolt upright and grab their guns.
Then a single KNOCK!
JAN opens the door a crack, pistol aimed.
we see UNCLE HAJASKY.
84 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - DAY. 84
The three men and MRS MORAVEC sit around talking in hushed
What went wrong out there?
JOSEF stares into space, dejected.
SIRENS are heard outside. JAN looks out the window from
behind the curtains.
a street scene with German soldiers marching,
several German vehicles, sirens screeching.
JAN turns from the window.
Looks like the whole of Prague is
crawling with Germans.
It was to be expected.
We didn’t even kill him!
It is hard to say. The SS still
have the hospital surrounded so,
presumably, he’s still alive. The
Germans have more men and guns up
there than they have on the Eastern
UNCLE HAJSKY goes to the radio and switches it on. German is
heard, followed by the Czech translation.
RADIO ANNOUNCER (V.O.)
Karl Frank has temporarily taken
Heydrich’s place and has proclaimed
a state of emergency and a curfew.
A reward of ten million crowns will
be given to any information that
leads to the arrest of the
Anyone caught aiding the criminals
will be shot with his entire
UNCLE HAJSKY switches it off.
All radio stations are transmitting
the same message continually.
JAN gives MRS. MORAVEC a concerned look.
Nothing is leaving or entering
The bicycle you used has been
found. It has blood upon it. Also
your briefcases. The Germans have
put these in the window of the big
Bata shop in the city centre to see
if anyone recognises them.
They’ve also taken several thousand
hostages and are shooting people in
All home owners must declare to the
police all persons staying with
them who have not already been
Failure to do so will be punishable
What this means to you is that you
can no longer remain here. There
are no safe houses left any more.
MRS MORAVEC and UNCLE HAJSKY share a look.
Where do we go?
I’ve asked Father Vladimir Petrek,
he is the dean of the Orthodox
Where is he going to hide us? In
The cathedral of Saints Cyril and
He has agreed to hide all the
parachutists until we can return
you to London.
JOSEF gives JAN a look.
I’ll pack you some warm clothes and
JAN and JOSEF nod and the men shake hands.
Rest here tonight. I will be back
to pick you up first thing in the
UNCLE HAJSKY leaves.
85 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM - MORNING 85
JOSEF wakes to the sound of HYSTERICAL CRYING coming from the
room next door.
He wakes JAN and places a finger to his mouth as a signal.
They grab their pistols and flank the door.
86 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - MORNING 86
JAN and JOSEF enter the main room and see MRS MORAVEC
MARIE looks up and sees JAN. Goes to him. Slumps into his
What is it?
MRS MORAVEC looks from JAN to JOSEF. Sadness in her eyes.
87 EXT. PRAGUE STREET - DAY (FLASHBACK) 87
NO SOUND - MARIE exits the tram and sees LENKA down the
CLOSE UP - LENKA smiles at MARIE and waves.
To the side, German soldiers pour out of two trucks and start
to round people up.
The expressions on MARIE’s and LENKA’s face instantly change.
LENKA is cut off from MARIE. LENKA looks around. She turns on
her heels and starts to walk fast to try and get away from
88 OMITTED 88
89 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - MORNING 89
The Germans were rounding up random
hostages off the street.
90 EXT. PRAGUE STREET - DAY (FLASHBACK) 90
LENKA’s walk suddenly turns into a run. The CAMERA just in
front of her and keeping up with her. The sound of her
breath. In the background we can hear a German screaming
HALT! An intense sound building until:
91 OMITTED 91
87B EXT. PRAGUE STREET - DAY (FLASHBACK) 87B
Loud machine gun fire makes MARIE jump and she covers her
mouth with her hand.
CUT BACK TO:
92 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - MORNING 92
She was shot trying to escape.
JOSEF closes his eyes.
For a second we see LENKA’s hair gently blowing in the wind
in slow motion.
LENKA’s dead hand hanging limp. Blood dripping from the
Back with JOSEF. Anger on his face. He looks at MARIE.
MARIE’s face puffy from crying. Her eyes scared.
He strides off to their room. JAN follows.
93 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, BOX ROOM 93
JOSEF collecting his weapons. Loading them. Cocking them.
JAN enters the room and sees what he is doing.
JOSEF makes to leave and JAN blocks his path.
Out of my way.
JOSEF tries to push past but JAN grabs him. The two of them
suddenly in a fight. Fists are thrown and blocked. They
grapple until a stale mate is found, both men breathing hard.
Josef, listen to me.
What if they take you alive?
You are risking everyone that has
helped us and for what? To shoot a
(Josef struggles against
STOP! SHE’S GONE!
It’s all my fault.
I tried to kill Heydrich
But I killed her!
It’s not your fault.
JOSEF breaks down and starts to cry. JAN holds him.
JOSEF sobs into JAN’s shoulder.
94 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - LATER 94
A clock ticks. MRS MORAVEC, ATA, MARIE, JAN and JOSEF sit and
stand in the room in silence - waiting. Three knocks then one
knock at the front door.
ATA goes and lets in UNCLE HAJSKY.
MARIE hugs JAN. She doesn’t want to let go.
JOSEF stands in front of MRS MORAVEC. Both their eyes red.
His emotions break through for a second as he moves forward
and hugs her. A tear runs down her face.
Last looks and JAN and JOSEF leave with UNCLE HAJSKY.
95 EXT. PRAGUE STREETS - AFTERNOON 95
A flurry of action as German army trucks unload soldiers.
People are stopped on the streets. Distant gun shots are
Several streets. Various angles as JOSEF and JAN follow UNCLE
HAJSKY at a discreet distance from one another. They follow
him towards their new hiding place.
German soldiers are greatly in evidence. Loud speakers echo
instructions regarding the curfew now in place.
96 EXT. RESSLOVA STREET - AFTERNOON 96
UNCLE HAJSKY stops and waits for JOSEF and JAN to catch up
This is the cathedral of Saints
Cyril and Methodius. Go through
that entrance. Father Petrek will
Ata will be bringing you food.
Ladislav is working with London on
your exit plan.
I know this maybe is not what you
want to hear at present but...
I regret nothing. You are two of
the bravest men I have ever met.
A pause between the men and then UNCLE HAJSKY leaves.
JOSEF and JAN watch him leave and then turn towards the
Hereafter the Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius
is referred to as just the CATHEDRAL.]
97 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - AFTERNOON 97
The magnificent main part of the cathedral with the altar at
the end. A balcony high above runs around the nave.
JOSEF and JAN enter the cathedral and stand in admiration
looking at the fittings and decorations. They both cross
themselves. The silence weighs heavily upon them.
Footsteps are heard. FATHER (Vladimir) PETREK approaches. He
is a tall angular man with deep set eyes, a moustache and
goatee beard. He is in his early fifties. He has a gentle but
I am Father Petrek. Welcome.
Please follow me.
FATHER PETREK leads them to the side of the entrance where he
raises a carpet to reveal a two feet square flagstone with a
metal ring in the centre. JAN pulls up the flagstone ‘door’.
It reveals a ladder.
This is our ‘hidden’ crypt. You
will be safe there.
He ushers them down.
I have to go now.
Thank you, Father.
Yes, thank you, Father.
98 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - AFTERNOON 98
JOSEF and JAN descend the steps into the crypt.
The crypt measures some fifty by twelve feet and is around
ten feet high. It is made of stone. There are square-shaped
niches in the wall where coffins were once placed. At some
time in the past the coffins have been removed and the niches
At the bottom VALCIK limps over with OPALKA to greet them.
You made it!
What happened to your leg?
Was caught in the crossfire. Just a
There is a solemn air to their reunion.
I’m sorry it wasn’t the outcome we
all hoped for.
None more than us...
Then three other members of the resistance, SVARC, BUBLIK,
and HRUBY appear. Introductions and greetings are exchanged.
(to Josef and Jan)
This is Svarc, Bublik and Hruby.
They are from the airdrops this
Boredom may be the biggest enemy we
I’m suggesting three men on guard
duty in the nave balcony at all
We rotate every six hours.
All of the men nod their heads.
Bublik, Svarc, come with me. We’ll
take first watch.
JOSEF and JAN begin clearing their living spaces in the wall
JAN continues clearing out the bones. He stops for a moment
and looks up. High on the wall is a rectangular opening on to
the street, measuring about five foot by one, the only
ventilation for the crypt.
We hear the sound of a loud speaker echoing a looped message
in both Czech(English) and German.
99 EXT. PRAGUE STREETS - DAY 99
The Germans put up reward signs and appeals for information
all over Prague. Leaflets are given out in the street. The
appeals are in shop windows. People are interrogated in the
street, beaten, marched off, arrested.
The bicycle, coat and brief case that was used in the
assassination attempt are displayed in the Bata shop window.
There is a sign in the window. It reads:
Reward of 10,000,000 Crowns
1. Who can provide information on the Criminals?
2. Who saw them at the scene of the crime?
3. To whom do these objects belong?
Whoever is able to provide this information and who fails to
do so voluntarily will be shot with his family.
Furthermore, from May 28, 1942, all owners of houses,
apartments, hotels, etc, in the Protektorate must declare to
the police all persons staying with them who have not already
been reported. Failure to do so will be punishable by death.
Chief of Police
K. H. Frank.
It’s no small amount. The crowd outside the shop window
hustle to see the items used in the attack.
Amongst them we catch sight of a man looking at the items.
People cross the frame and obscure him but the CAMERA is
tracking in and he starts to fill the frame. The line of
sight is now clear of people and we clearly see who it is.
INT. CATHEDRAL - DAY.
ATA enters the Cathedral carrying a basket and crosses
himself at the alter. He then goes to the confession box and
The central partition opens and we see JAN.
(indicating the basket)
I brought you food.
Thanks Ata. The empty basket is
under the bench in there.
Have you seen Marie?
ATA shakes his head no.
Can you get a message to her? I
need to see her.
ATA nods. He leaves with the empty basket the same way he
100 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 100
JAN is standing upon a small wooden ladder and peering out of
the rectangular opening high up on the wall.
A crowded busy street. Many Germans in evidence.
101 INT. CATHEDRAL, CARETAKER’S OFFICE - DAY 101
On guard duty, OPALKA wanders into the caretaker’s office. He
takes a look around.
A filing cabinet. OPALKA opens the top drawer and takes a
look. In the second drawer he takes a file. Inside are the
plans of the church. He holds them up to the light and starts
to study them.
102 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 102
OPALKA and HRUBY stride up to the end of the crypt. JAN and
JOSEF are on lookout.
Beyond this brickwork and masonry
there is a large main sewer that
empties into the river.
How do you know?
I found some plans in the
If we can chisel through this
masonry and get to the sewer we
have a means of escape if we need
Escape to where?
Until the British send plans for
our rescue we are stuck here.
Should we be discovered here then
there is no way out. I would like
us to have this option.
We would then take our chances on
JAN, JOSEF and the others nod. It’s a good plan.
Two of us will be working here at
103 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - DAY 103
JOSEF, JAN and OPALKA are on the balcony. They are all behind
columns but with a clear view down the entire length of the
There are footsteps across the church floor. They look and
see it’s FATHER PETREK. He takes the stairs up to the
They greet an out of breath FATHER PETREK at the top.
I have news.
A long pause as the men await the news.
Heydrich died yesterday in the
You sure of this?
Yes. The Germans have announced
this. Preparations are under way
for a state funeral. The body is to
be sent back to Berlin.
Finding those responsible for this
act may be occupying the Reich more
than winning the war at the present
JAN and JOSEF look at one another. A brief moment passes
between them. They got Heydrich, eventually.
110 INT. TRAIN BOX CAR - NIGHT. 110
The coffin of Heydrich is being transported to Berlin. The
coffin draped in a black SS flag. Flames from lit torches in
each corner. Two SS guards stand on watch. Eerie, like a
spell being cast by the forces of the dark arts. [NOTE: This
will be a recreation of the actual footage.] The sound of the
train on the tracks turns into chisels against masonry.
SOUND OVERLAP of chisels against masonry . . .
HARD CUT TO:
129 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 129
In the crypt. JAN and JOSEF hammer away at the masonry like
men possessed. Then VALCIK and BUBLIK take over. It’s like a
Sweat pouring from JAN’s face as he looks over to JOSEF with
heavy breaths. They share a look and then JAN looks up at the
morning light streaming through the street level slit.
They swap over again.
OPALKA calls down from the small hole in the ceiling,
Jan! Someone to see you...
129B INT. CATHEDRAL - DAY. 129B
JAN climbs out of the crypt to see MARIE.
A moment then MARIE rushes forward and embraces JAN. They
hold each other for a moment. They pull away and MARIE has
tears of joy. They joy fades and she looks terrified.
How long will you stay here?
There is talk of getting us back to
When this is all over, I will come
back for you.
Back for us both.
She places JAN’s hand onto her belly. JAN computes, suddenly
MARIE nods. A moment of joy that MARIE is still frightened to
I’m so scared. Everyone is scared.
Yesterday the Germans went to a
village to the north-west of Prague
called Lidice and shot every man
over the age of sixteen. The women
and children have been taken to
camps and the buildings were razed
to the ground.
But why Lidice? It makes no sense.
There has been talk that the
village aided you somehow.
What kind of World is it to bring a
It will not always be like this.
One day, it will be different, like
how it once was...
This I’m sure of.
JAN searches her eyes and scoops her up in his arms once
again. Two lone figures in the empty church. The sound of
Hammering continues from the crypt.
104 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - DAY 104
A meeting. The seven men plus FATHER PETREK.
JOSEF and JAN are gravely shocked. Tears appear in their
We have never even been to Lidice.
These are dangerous times. Mere
gossip wipes a whole village from
the face of the earth.
Today Karl Frank issued an amnesty
broadcast. A full pardon for any
person and their family in exchange
for any information known about the
assassins. Even if they did not
come forward before. But there is a
deadline of five days, after that,
they plan to execute 30,000 Czechs.
This must stop!
And what do you propose?
JAN thinks for a minute and anger flits across his face.
Josef and I will go to a park...
Place placards around our necks
saying we killed Heydrich...
...and commit suicide.
There is a physical reaction from the men to this suggestion
and OPALKA steps forward.
This is stupid talk. Stupid talk!
As soldiers it is your duty to stay
alive and continue fighting. Do you
understand that? I will not hear
such stupid talk again.
JOSEF and JAN are chastened.
The responsibility does not rest
with you. We know who is
responsible. They will have to
answer...eventually. And they will.
If I didn’t believe that I would
not be here now.
104 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - DAY. 104
JOSEF and VALCIK sit up in the balcony on guard duty.
JOSEF takes the photo of LENKA from his wallet and looks at
it. Deep from within the crypt the faint sounds of stone
being chiselled by a hammer.
JOSEF wipes the photo clean with his thumb when the sound of
a truck suddenly makes him look out onto the street.
A German army truck pulls up and several soldiers jump out.
105 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 105
In the crypt, OPALKA and BUBLIK hammer away at the masonry,
Thousands of hammer and chisel blows scarcely make an
impression on the hard masonry.
JAN is up a ladder. He peers out of the slit that leads to
German truck and several soldiers walking towards
JAN signals to OPALKA and BUBLIK to stop work.
JAN looks back to the street. The German soldiers make their
way into the church.
106 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - DAY 106
JOSEF and VALCIK look down and see the German soldiers enter
107 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 107
The rest of the men, guns at the ready, stare upwards as the
sounds of the German boots echo out across the church floor
108 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - DAY 108
the German soldiers carrying out a cursory search of the
church. They shrug and leave the way they came in.
109 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 109
JAN’s POV through the slit as the German soldiers climb back
in the truck. A few more soldiers who had been searching
across the street return as well. All board the truck that
starts up and drives off.
The men all look at each other and sigh a big sigh of relief.
113 OMITTED 113
113B INT. GESTAPO HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT 113B
EXTREME CLOSE UP of a mans face. He is HANS MüLLER. A German
who speaks Czech. He wears glasses and a piece of paper is
reflected in them.
THE CAMERA NEVER LEAVES HIS FACE.
You say you know the men who
Reinhard Heydrich but you did not
take part in it.
He looks up and OFF SCREEN to give a signal and looks back
down the report. As he continues to read we hear footsteps
and then someone being punched to the floor, a chair crashes
to the floor and we hear the person being kicked.
You say you don’t know where they
are but you know the family who
The sound of the man being lifted back on the chair coughing
Same as before, he looks up and OFF SCREEN to give a signal
and looks back down the report. As he continues to read we
hear footsteps and then someone being punched to the floor,
a chair crashes to the floor and we hear the person being
You say don’t know where they are
but you know the family who
The sound of the man being lifted back on the chair.
(Looking at the person)
You walked in here on your own
accord to give us this statement.
(reading from the report)
You say you are a true patriot and
the reason for doing that is
because you want to protect your
family and for the killing of
innocent Czechs to stop.
We finally cut to the reverse and we see a man sitting
opposite the desk with his head bowed. He slowly starts to
raise his head as the CAMERA PUSHES IN.
And you say your name is Karel
CURDA looks up, his face beaten and swollen. He nods.
114 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING 114
Early morning. Silence in the apartment aside from the
plaintiff sound of ATA’s violin.
115 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING 115
MS of the front door to the apartment. Silence aside from
116 INT. DOWNSTAIRS ENTRANCE - EARLY MORNING 116
Six Gestapo officers stand in silence around the entrance to
the Moravec apartment building. Four bear machine guns, the
other two pistols.
An officer with a pistol nods to the four with the machine
guns. They are to ascend the stairs now. They carry out the
order in silence.
117 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, ATA’S ROOM - EARLY MORNING 117
ATA practices on his violin in his pyjamas.
118 INT. STAIRWAY - EARLY MORNING 118
The Gestapo officers ascend the stairway in silence. A dog
appears and starts sniffing around them. They pause. Then the
dog scurries off. They continue their ascent.
119 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING 119
A closer shot of the front door.
120 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, ATA’S ROOM - EARLY MORNING 120
ATA pauses and studies the music score on his practice stand.
121 INT. FLAT LANDING - EARLY MORNING 121
The Gestapo officers are now arrayed around the front door of
the Moravec apartment. They wait in silence.
A plain clothes senior Gestapo officer, FLEISCHER, 30s, very
thin and lugubrious looking tries the door. It is locked. He
steps back and nods to an officer with a machine gun.
The officer steps forward and takes aim at the hinges.
122 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING 122
MS of the front door. ATA has resumed his violin practice.
Two loud bursts from the machine gun shatter the silence. The
door hinges are destroyed and the door partially splinters.
The door is then kicked in. The armed officers rush into the
apartment shouting and bellowing. They spray out into
123 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - EARLY MORNING 123
MRS MORAVEC comes into the lounge from the kitchen and two
officers immediately grab her.
124 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, ATA’S ROOM - EARLY MORNING 124
ATA is going towards the door of his room when it bursts open
and two of the officers rush in and grab him violently, his
violin falls to the floor and is trampled upon as they drag
125 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - EARLY MORNING 125
ATA is pushed next to MRS MORAVEC in the middle of the
lounge. MR MORAVEC is also bundled in.
MR MORAVEC stops for a second in front of his wife. An
accusing stare on his face.
MRS MORAVEC meets his gaze but can’t hold it for long. With
tears in her eyes she looks away.
MR MORAVEC is pushed and they are lined up facing the wall
with their hands in the air.
A man in his late forties is brought in from outside. He
removes his hat as a sign of respect. His name is Josef
CHALUPSKY and he is a Czech interpreter who speaks German.
MRS MORAVEC is grabbed from the wall and turned to face
FLEISCHER and CHALUPSKY.
Wo sind die fallschirmspringer?
Where are the parachutists?
I know nothing. You must be
confusing us with other Morav...
FLEISCHER cuts her off in mid-sentence as he punches MRS
MORAVEC square in the face with a sickeningly accurate blow.
MRS MORAVEC hits the floor hard. ATA screams but is retrained
and gagged with his own belt.
(to the other officers)
Stehen sie auf.
MRS MORAVEC is pulled up by two officers.
MRS MORAVEC’s nose is broken. Rivulets of dark blood pour
down and off her chin.
The moaning sound that comes from her is almost animalistic.
This is a woman who knows there is no way out of the
Wo sind die fallschirmspringer?
Where are the parachutists?
(holding her mouth, blood
I know . . . nothing.
FLEISCHER punches MRS MORAVEC in the face again. She falls to
the ground with a gurgling moan.
CHULUPSKY is physically upset by what he is witnessing.
FLEISCHER points at the officers to get MRS MORAVEC back up
on her feet.
ATA struggles against the men that hold him. Tears stream.
His mouth open but his vocal chords are paralyzed.
Two officers help MRS MORAVEC up again.
MRS MORAVEC stands facing FLEISCHER but seems to be looking
right through him.
O.S The trickling sound of water hitting a wood floor.
FLEISCHER looks down.
MRS MORAVEC is relieving her bladder. A dark patch has spread
in the front of her dress and splashes on the wooden floor
between her legs.
FLEISCHER stares at her in disgust.
The officers start to tear the place apart, searching
FLEISCHER goes next door.
Please, let me clean myself up
before we leave.
I do not want to make a mess in the
CHULUPSKY nods assent.
Go on, Madame.
(to Chulupsky, indicating
My son is a violinist. Tell them he
knows nothing of this...
CHULUPSKY frowns. MRS MORAVEC hobbles to the lavatory.
126 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, LAVATORY - EARLY MORNING 126
A narrow high-ceilinged room with a WC and above it a cistern
with a chain. A small window. Two colourful railway company
posters advertising pre-war holiday destinations have been
put on the walls to brighten the room up.
MRS MORAVEC hurriedly enters and throws the lock on the door.
She reaches into the front pockets of her pinafore and pulls
out a small wooden carving of a German SS officer and a glass
capsule of cyanide.
In CLOSE UP we see her look up to the heavens, tears in her
eyes. She holds her hands together and says a very brief
prayer and then crosses her chest.
127 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, MAIN ROOM - EARLY MORNING 127
FLEISCHER reenters the room and sees MRS MORAVEC is missing.
Wo ist die Frau?
In der toilette.
128 INT. MORAVEC FLAT, HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING 128
FLEISCHER kicks the lavatory door in.
The door falls back and MRS MORAVEC is standing there looking
straight at FLEISCHER with a strange smile on her face. She
FLEISCHER rushes to her and slaps her face.
He checks her breathing but she looks dead. They try to
resuscitate her. She is dead.
Just out of reach from her dead limp hand we see a CLOSE UP
of the wooden carved SS officer laying on its side.
130 INT. GESTAPO INTERROGATION CELL - MORNING 130
A windowless cell. A single naked light bulb hangs from the
centre of the ceiling. Flaking dark green paint on the walls.
ATA sits behind a large metal table. A guard stands either
side of him. ATA is exhausted and badly hurt. He has been
FLEISCHER sits to one side. The TORTURER takes a number of
photographs from a folder, portraits of suspected resistance
fighters, and places them in two rows on the table in front
of ATA, and then with a flourish of his hand ‘invites’ ATA to
(German accent throughout)
You recognize any of these men?
ATA shakes his head no.
The TORTURER starts to beat ATA again. He then stops and
grabs a picture of VALCIK, thrusts it in ATA’s face.
ATA looks at the photo and says nothing.
131 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - MORNING 131
JOSEF and BUBLIK are on guard duty in the nave’s balcony.
JOSEF is awake but the boredom has him in his own world day
dreaming. He is awoken from this by the sound of whispering
voices. The hushed voices are coming from within the church.
JOSEF looks through the balustrades of the balcony to the
the church seems empty but the voices continue.
OPALKA suddenly exits the confession box. He says something
inaudible as a parting shot, and then walks towards the
crypt. Behind him FATHER PETREK exits the other side of the
confession box and walks towards the altar.
132 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 132
JOSEF descends the stairs to see OPALKA in deep conversation
with JAN, VALCIK, and HRUBY. OPALKA turns to see JOSEF.
What did I miss?
Bishop Gorazd has told Father
Petrek that our presence here is
endangering the church and he wants
us to leave.
Father Petrek relayed this to Uncle
and they have a plan to get us all
132B EXT. FUNERAL CHAPEL - DAY. 132B
Rain pours down on a black car as it pulls up outside.
INT. BLACK CAR - SAME.
LADISLAV and UNCLE HAJSKY sit in the car. There is some
tension between them.
I know things have been, strained
between us. I was against the
assassination and that may have led
to some doubt about my position
within the resistance organization.
UNCLE HAJSKY looks at LADISLAV.
As bad as the reprisals have been,
I was wrong, it was right to do it.
UNCLE HAJSKY regards LADISLAV.
Lets just get the parachutists out
Meet me round the back in ten
UNCLE HAJSKY exits the car.
132C INT. FUNERAL CHAPEL - DAY 132C
A service is being held. Small and discrete. At the back of
the chapel UNCLE HAJSKY enters and slots into the pews.
He makes eye contact with the UNDERTAKER to the side of the
coffin. He is a tall serious man in his fifties dressed in a
black morning suit. A knowing look is passed between them.
111 INT. UNDERTAKER’S GARAGE - DAY 111
At the back of the chapel there is place where the coffins
are loaded onto the cars. Several funeral wreaths lean
against the walls. Rain is pouring down. In the background
funeral organ music is heard.
We see two coffins in the back of a black hearse. Looking
down at it is the UNDERTAKER, beside him is LADISLAV and
The UNDERTAKER raises the bottom of one of the coffins to
reveal a further space underneath
Two in the coffins. Two under the
dummy floors and the other three
disguised as pall bearers.
That’s the seven.
The service can be at the Cathedral
of Saints Cyril and Methodius and
then the burial at Saint Josef and
Mary’s church which is outside of
You then make arrangements to
collect them from there.
LADISLAV looks at UNCLE HAJSKY. They nod in agreement with
How soon can you be ready?
133 INT. GESTAPO HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT 133
Several shots of long featureless corridors. Silence. Then
the distorted sounds of ATA screaming under torture. His
screams become distorted and echo down the corridors.
134 INT. GESTAPO INTERROGATION CELL - NIGHT 134
Now a MS of ATA in his cell dressed in his Sunday best
playing a part of Bartok’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 2’. He is
immersed in an angelic light.
There is a passage in the concerto ATA cannot get right. He
keeps hitting the wrong note, a jarring almost discordant
wrong note that becomes louder and more frequent until it
turns into a never ending scream.
ATA looks across the cell and sees himself strapped to a
heavy wooden chair. The screaming coming from his open mouth.
His face is bloody from the beatings and one eye is swollen
shut, the other bloodshot and streaming.
The TORTURER punches him and two men then force brandy down
his throat using a funnel and rubber tube.
You like to play the violin?
The torture smashes ATA’s left hand three or four times with
hammer. ATA screams until he passes out.
A German doctor appears. He holds up a large hypodermic
syringe, ATA is injected.
A bucket of cold water then is thrown over him.
ATA has been broken both physically and mentally. He is not
who he was.
Maybe you would like to see your
The broken ATA looks up through the tears, a glimmer of hope.
Yes, we managed to save her...
He signals and a man who leaves the room and then re-enters
with a METAL BUCKET.
We saved her head.
The man lifts MRS MORAVEC’s decapitated head out of the
(the ATA in the wooden
NO! NO! NO!
Where are the assassins?
Where are the assassins?
Where are they hiding?
Where are they hiding?
(the Ata in his Sunday
Don’t tell them!
You mustn’t tell them!
Where are the assassins?
Where are they hiding?
(the ATA in the wooden
STOP! PLEASE STOP!
(the Ata in his Sunday
You must never say!
WHERE ARE THEY?
He is going to explode out of his body. The violin music gets
louder and louder. It’s going to burst his eardrums. The
violin is now mixed with ATA’s screams and the sound builds
to a crescendo and then stops as...
(the ATA in the wooden
THEY’RE IN THE CHURCH!
134B INT. GESTAPO HOLDING CELL - NIGHT. 134B
The door opens on CURDA. He is escorted out of the cell by
On the way out he sees ATA being dragged past and into a
cell. ATA’s hands tied behind his back.
CURDA looks away, guilt, shame.
He continues down the corridor, the camera stays close on his
face as light and shadow rhythmically cross his face from the
135 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - MORNING 135
JAN, OPALKA, and BUBLIK are on the balcony doing guard duty.
All is silent. All three look exhausted. JAN is staring at
his watch. OPALKA is tapping out a beat on the butt of his
rifle. BUBLIK is spinning a coin in the air. Time weighs
136 INT. UNDERTAKER’S GARAGE - MORNING 136
LADISLAV dressed like the UNDERTAKER.
The last of the preparations are under way. Spare pallbearer’s
uniforms are laid out. The empty coffins are closed.
The garage doors open and the two hearses drive out onto the
street and off towards the cathedral.
137 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - MORNING 137
JAN, OPALKA, and BUBLIK sit patiently, silently.
The street outside, usually noisy is now quiet. Too quiet.
JAN exchanges glances with OPALKA and BUBLIK.
JAN creeps to the window and looks down.
The street is deserted. The Germans have closed off the
street at each end with barriers.
Suddenly there is a massive build-up of armed troops.
The Germans are surrounding the
We have to warn the others.
There isn’t time. Take up defensive
positions. We hold them from here.
138 EXT. PRAGUE STREETS - MORNING 138
The approaching two hearses are forced to stop.
LADISLAV is in the passenger seat of the first hearse dressed
as an undertaker.
A German soldier approaches the hearse. Behind we see troops
taking up positions around the cathedral.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1
Where are you going?
The other side of town.
GERMAN SOLDIER #1
Go back. No admittance.
The colour drains from LADISLAV’s face as he realises the
cathedral will become a tomb for his comrades.
The hearse starts to reverse and turns away from the
139 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - MORNING 139
The first wave of Germans slowly make their way into the
On the balcony, OPALKA and BUBLIK have taken up defensive
JAN and the others look down on the church and see
PANNWITZ, a German officer in the Gestapo, and six of his men
walking through cathedral and cautiously move to the centre.
JAN’s POV down from the nave as the soldiers enter. They are
waiting till as many of the soldiers are gathered before they
JAN looks over at OPALKA who gives a nod and then all three
open fire on the Germans below.
Several of the Germans are hit and fall. Some fire is
returned by the soldiers but they are unsure as to where they
should be aiming.
140 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 140
JOSEF, VALCIK, SVARC and HRUBY are awoken by the gunfire and
jump down from their beds in the wall. They cover their ears
with their hands. The noise is deafening. JOSEF grabs his
We have to help them.
JOSEF is restrained by the others.
(screams up towards the
The others cover his mouth.
We must not give ourselves away.
The Germans only know about the
three on the balcony right now. Not
JOSEF continues to struggle.
If it was the other way around
would you not want to die knowing
your comrades had at least a chance
JOSEF thinks for a second. They release him.
141 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - MORNING 141
JAN finishes a clip and takes cover.
The Germans pull out their wounded.
141B EXT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING 141B
From the third floor window across the street we see the
German wounded being carried from the cathedral. The German
machine guns are training on the cathedral windows.
INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - MORNING.
Block the stairwell!
But that is our only way out!
It’s also the only way up.
JAN, OPALKA, start to throw as much furniture down the
stairway that leads up to the balcony as possible. BUBLIK
joins in until it’s jammed with furniture.
All quiet now. OPALKA winks at JAN and BUBLIK. Silence. Then
a tremendous roar of automatic fire and crashing glass as
teams of German machine gunners opposite the church start
strafing the building.
There is nothing the three can do except take shelter behind
the great stone pillars that rise up in the cathedral, and
wait for the firing to cease.
JAN looks over BUBLIK. Bullets ricochet around BUBLIK as he
tries to make himself invisible. BUBLIK starts to panic and
BUBLIK is not there. Tears rolls down his face and he is
covering his ears with his hands whilst in the foetal
JAN slides over to BUBLIK and grabs him.
The fire dies down silence again but BUBLIK is still trying
to dig himself in to the stone floor.
Hey! Hey! Breathe! With me.
Big breath in.
Big breath out.
JAN grabs a clip and a fistful of ammo from his pocket.
I don’t want to die today.
Here! Look, as we were trained.
JAN loads a bullet into the clip.
Nice and easy. You do it.
BUBLIK starts to load a bullet into the clip.
That’s it. Easy.
Concentrate on the detail.
BUBLIK loads another. The panic attack subsiding.
It’s OK, Bublik. You are not alone.
We are here with you.
And Czechoslovakia is here with us.
BUBLIK shakes his head, sniffs back snot and nods.
It’s a tender and heart-breaking scene. JAN passing on what
JOSEF had done for him in his time of need.
JAN looks over at OPALKA and nods that everything is OK.
EXT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING
A detachment of Waffen SS move into position at the front
door. Another A detachment of Waffen SS go through FATHER
PETREK’s apartment door which is attached at the front of the
INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - MORNING.
JAN looks over to the balcony and sees the church swarming
JAN, OPALKA and BUBLIK open fire on the Germans below and all
hell breaks loose again.
A German machine gun team enters. They find a position and
load. Opening fire at JAN, the wooden balcony splinters into
hundreds of pieces as he drops for cover.
He pulls a large splinter from between his knuckles.
The furniture in the stairwell starts to move.
BUBLIK! COVER THE STAIRWELL!
BUBLIK ups and runs to see the Germans pulling chairs away
from the stairwell. He opens fire on them dropping two before
fierce gunfire is returned and he is forced back into cover.
144 INT. UNCLE HAJSKY’S APARTMENT, KITCHEN - DAY 144
UNCLE HAJSKY sits at the table staring into space. A clock
ticks in the room. A startling contrast to the previous
UNCLE HAJSKY turns to see:
of the front door. Silhouettes can be seen on the other
side of the glass.
UNCLE HAJSKY removes his glasses like a man ready to go to
sleep at the end of a long day.
He places the glasses onto the table and we hold on them in
CLOSE UP as UNCLE HAJSKY can be seen getting up from the
table through the lenses.
145 INT. BATHROOM - DAY 145
UNCLE HAJSKY enters the toilet and closes the door to a
crack, peering out, when:
The front door bursts open. Shouts as Gestapo officers run
in. UNCLE HAJSKY closes the door, locks it, looks up and then
take out his cyanide capsule and regards it. Shouting from
outside and someone violently tries the handle to the locked
door. UNCLE HAJSKY DROPS THE CAPSULE.
He drops to his knees just as the Gestapo open fire. The wood
splinters as bullets rip through the door. UNCLE HAJSKY is on
his knees looking for the capsule BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE HIS
GLASSES. He pats the floor with his hands in order to feel
IN EXTREME CLOSE UP his hand makes contact with the capsule
and he puts it in his mouth and bites down as the Gestapo
kick the door in.
UNCLE HAJSKY roles over onto his back looking up at a Gestapo
His look defiant. The Gestapo officer realises and screams at
the others for help. He tries to lift UNCLE HAJSKY but it’s
too late, he is already dead.
147 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - MORNING 147
JAN is reloading, he looks over to see OPALKA taking shots at
the German below.
The Germans bring in a box of fragment grenades under heavy
fire from the balcony.
JAN turns to see the furniture cave in down the stairwell.
BUBLIK! THE STAIRWELL!
BUBLIK looks down to see the Germans pulling furniture from
the stairwell but before he can fire is fired upon and has to
WE HAVE LOST THE STAIRWELL!
JAN looks at OPALKA and OPALKA up and runs just as two
Germans appear at the top of the stairs.
JAN fires at them killing them.
OPALKA using some bookshelves as cover fires down the
stairwell killing another approaching German clambering over
the furniture barricade. His gun then clicks empty and he
Suddenly the stairwell is all quiet.
Then a grenade is thrown up the stairwell. It bounces off the
wall and rolls between OPALKA and JAN.
JAN sees the grenade and then looks at OPALKA.
OPALKA looks at the grenade and then at JAN.
JAN dives for cover and the grenade goes off!
148 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 148
The explosion shudders the crypt and dust and cement fall
from the ceiling above. The men are all fixated on the noise
149 INT. CATHEDRAL, BALCONY - DAY 149
JAN recovers to see through the debris that OPALKA is slumped
against the bookshelves badly wounded. Blood pours from his
ears and nose and most of his right side is damaged by the
OPALKA takes a cyanide capsule from his jacket collar and
puts into his mouth.
JAN watches as OPALKA crunches down on the glass.
OPALKA then put the pistol to his temple and pulls the
BUBLIK who is on the upper level sees more Germans at the top
of the stairwell and opens fire but one gets through.
THEY ARE COMING THROUGH!
JAN runs up the stairs to the upper level and turns to see
the German behind him. JAN opens fire and kills him. His gun
BUBLIK throws over his last clip.
MY LAST ONE.
JAN slams the clip home, cocks the weapon and fires back down
hitting three Germans but one throws up a grenade.
JAN runs back through the next arch and takes cover as the
grenade explodes behind him.
A bullet has also scraped his left eyebrow and blood trickles
down. He tries to swipe it in order to see. Takes his handgun
from his waist belt and sees:
BUBLIK firing into the nave from the next arch back. BUBLIK’s
STEN clicks empty, he drops it and pulls his handgun from
waist belt and continues to fire.
JAN turns and sees three Germans making their way along the
upper level and he fires at them hitting all three. He turns
A grenade bounce off the wall behind BUBLIK, who picks it up
and throws it into the nave but another is thrown and lands
in the last arch behind him.
BUBLIK goes to retrieve it.
Before BUBLIK gets to the arch the grenade goes off and
knocks him back. He rolls backwards and falls off the ledge.
He just manages to grab on with one hand and dangles 30 feet
above the nave.
JAN runs to the edge, leans down and grabs his arm, lifting
him up. The Germans fire from the nave below. JAN is hit
three times in the shoulder and arm. He falls backwards
dropping his grip on BUBLIK.
Wedged in the corner he is breathing hard. Shock on his face.
JAN stares at the now empty edge where BUBLIK was and is no
JAN turns onto his front and crawls through the last arch.
Another grenade lands behind him where he was slumped and it
goes off, showering him in debris.
JAN gets to the end wall - nowhere else to go. He loads his
pistol with his last full magazine and fires at the oncoming
Germans through the arch.
Hits three and misses just as many.
His gun empty, he reaches for his last single bullet and
starts to load it into the clip.
A German grenade bounces into his lap. His throws it over the
edge and into the nave.
He cocks the weapon.
A German standing in front of him screams:
GERMAN SOLDIER #1
JAN puts the gun to his temple and pulls the trigger.
150 INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - DAY 150
JOSEF, VALCIK, SVARC and HRUBY stand waiting anxiously. The
single shot that still echoes has signalled the cease-fire.
All is now quiet. They look at each other. It’s obvious that
it’s all over upstairs. Just the heavy silence now that
151 EXT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING 151
The bodies of JAN, OPALKA and BUBLIK have been carried out
the church in rugs and laid on the pavement.
PANNWITZ, KARL FRANK and many onlookers, including CURDA who
is pushed to the front to identify the men.
This is Jan Kubis.
That’s Adolf Opalka.
Him, I don’t know, but its not
Josef Gabcik or Valcik.
150B INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 150B
The four faces stare up from the darkness.
Suddenly the flagstone is lifted up and light pours into the
Through the opening of the flagstone a German soldier is
lowered down on rope.
JOSEF steps forward and opens fire with the Sten and hits the
soldier in the knee-caps.
The soldier screams and is quickly hauled up by his comrades.
The voice of PANNWITZ is then heard through a flagstone
It is in your own interests to give
yourselves up peacefully.
You have nothing to fear.
The four are surprised and shocked by this announcement.
152 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - MORNING 152
This need not end in further
PANNWITZ signals to the entrance and CURDA is dragged in by
There is a long silence. The men wait expectantly.
Our patience can only be relied
upon for a short time. We urge you
to give yourselves up now
PANNWITZ urges CURDA to talk to them.
Josef? You should surrender now and
Do you hear me?
You will be treated humanely as
prisoners of war.
150C INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 150C
CURDA is with two Gestapo officers.
JOSEF opens fire with his Sten gun in CURDA’s direction. The
Germans take cover.
We are Czechs. We will never
The Germans open fire with the machine guns opposite and
chunks of masonry are churned out around opening of the crypt
JOSEF and the others are forced deeper into the crypt.
153 EXT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING 153
A German officer screams to halt the machine gun fire.
150D INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT 150D
Silence. The men regard each other. JOSEF takes four bullets
and distributes them among the men.
We save the last one for us.
They all nod.
Then two tear gas grenades are thrown into the crypt through
VALCIK quickly picks these up and throws them back on to the
154 EXT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING 154
Firemen bring hoses and spot lights are placed to shine light
into the crypt.
150E INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING. 150E
A large fireman’s hose is then thrown through the vent of the
crypt and gallons of water are pumped in.
JOSEF climbs the ladder and struggles with the hose. He
manages to push it out back on to the street.
SVARC and HRUBY take up the tools and furiously attack the
masonry hoping they can break through to the sewer.
JOSEF turns just in time to see a grappling hook catch the
ladder by the slit high up on the wall at the end.
JOSEF jumps to grab hold of the ladder but is too late and
the ladder is yanked out through the slit to the street.
There is no way now to stop the gallons of water pouring into
The fireman’s hose is put through the slit again and water
gushes into the crypt again.
155 INT. CATHEDRAL, NAVE - MORNING 155
The plans for the cathedral have been discovered and are
being studied by Germans.
Carpets are pulled up and a large concrete slab covering the
main stairs into the crypt is found.
150F INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 150F
Gallons of water pour into the crypt.
HRUBY and SVARC continue feverishly hammering at the masonry.
Water rises and washes over a burning candle extinguishing
156 INT. CATHEDRAL - MORNING 156
The Germans chisel detonators into the concrete slab and reel
the trigger wire away to a safe distance.
150G INT. CATHEDRAL, CRYPT - MORNING 150G
JOSEF wades towards the SVARC and HRUBY when suddenly there
is a very loud explosion at the back of the crypt and the
shock wave throws JOSEF into the now deep water.
Brief underwater shot and the SOUND FADES AWAY.
THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE PLAYS OUT TO A HAUNTING PIECE
OF PIANO MUSIC. NO PRODUCTION SOUND IS HEARD. THE FOLLOWING
SHOTS ARE HAND-HELD AND WILL CONVEY THE DRAMA AND IMMEDIACY
OF THE SITUATION.]
JOSEF comes up for air and turns. A cloud of dust envelops
The Germans have blasted a bricked-up entrance at the back
top part of the crypt. Underneath the blast hole are stone
steps leading down into the crypt.
HRUBY and SVARC continue feverishly hammering at the masonry.
HRUBY stops chiselling the masonry and turns to face JOSEF
JOSEF and VALCIK look over at HRUBY.
HRUBY’s face, soaking wet, void of hope. He shakes his head.
There is no escape into to the sewers. It’s hopeless.
VALCIK throws a spare pistol at HRUBY.
HRUBY catches it, cocks it.
SVARC takes his pistol from his belt and clocks it.
They all turn to the steps that lead up to the blast hole and
take up defensive positions.
Two German soldiers run down the stone stairs into the crypt.
JOSEF wades forward and fires his pistols twice.
A hand-grenade is thrown into the crypt and falls into the
waist-level water at the bottom of the steps. It explodes.
The water absorbs most of the blast but a massive plume of
water is thrown up drenching the men.
Two more German soldiers come down the steps.
VALCIK opens fire killing them but the Sten gun clicks empty.
He throws it into the water and takes his pistol from his
Another grenade hits the water.
The men take cover. The water explodes upwards.
Another German takes the stairs down into the crypt.
HRUBY fires till his gun clicks empty.
JOSEF shakes his head in resignation and takes the single
bullet from his breast pocket. He holds his open palm
outstretched toward the other three men.
They all take a single round from their pockets. They come
together. Four palms each open with a bullet.
JOSEF clenches his fist around the bullet. The others do the
same. The four fists are an eloquent symbol of strength and
The chambers of the weapons are loaded and clocked.
They smile sadly. Then all four place the guns to their
Close up of JOSEF.
A German has got down the first two steps and fires his
machine gun at them.
Two are slightly hit but then shoot themselves so there is no
chance of being taken alive.
BANG. BANG. BANG.
In the cross-fire HRUBY, VALCIK and SVARC fall into the
Close up of JOSEF, the gun at his temple - looking straight
A split second of silence.
FLASH FRAMES of the back of LENKA’s head. Hair gently blowing
in the wind. CAMERA Slowly tracks in to her.
LENKA’s dead hand hangs limp. Blood dripping from the
LENKA standing opposite him. Wet, pale, angelic.
Up to her waist in water. A white lace dress hugs her elegant
figure and flows in the water around her.
Close up of JOSEF’s eyes. They seem to briefly smile.
The water from the hose continues to pour into the crypt.
The German soldiers walk down the steps, guns at the ready.
The bodies of JOSEF, VALCIK, HRUBY and SVARC float in the
Close up of the PHOTO of LENKA floating on the surface of the
water. It swirls around with other floating debris until it
sinks below the surface and fades from view in the darkness.
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The seven parachutists held the church for 6 hours.
Four months before his assassination, Reinhard Heydrich
attended a secret meeting in Wannsee to finalise the Nazi
policy of Jewish extermination.
Heydrich is considered to be one of leading architects of the
Final Solution to the Jewish ‘question’.
The Czechoslovak Government-in-exile considered the
assassination of Heydrich as an act of retribution and a
clear sign that Czechoslovakia was still resisting Nazi rule.
It was also meant to send a clear message to the Nazis that
none of them were untouchable and could be made to answer for
their actions at anytime.
It was an important message but sent at great cost to the
In the aftermath of the assassination over 5000 Czech men,
women and children were executed by the SS.
For helping in the assassination, Marie Kovárniková,
reportedly pregnant with Jan’s child, was executed at
Mauthausen concentration camp on 24 October, 1942.
The traitor Karel Curda was arrested by the Czech authorities
in 1945 and hanged two years later for treason.
Vanek Ladislav was arrested by the Gestapo on 4th September
1942. He gave up many of the names associated with the Jindra
resistance group and survived the war as a prisoner at
After the war he became a collaborator for the Czechoslovak
state police (StB) and informed on anticommunist activities.
The accounts of his part played in the assassination of
Reinhard Heydrich have subsequently been challenged.
After the assassination and the bloody reprisals committed by
the Nazis on Czech citizens, Winston Churchill declared the
Munich Agreement null and void and counted Czechoslovakia as
an important ally in the fight for freedom.