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36 Hours (1965)

 -  War | Thriller  -  19 February 1965 (USA)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

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Werner Peters ...
Otto Schack
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Ernst
Russell Thorson ...
Gen. Allison
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Col. Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Lt. Col. Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ...
Capt. Abbott
Sig Ruman ...
German Guard
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Elsa
Karl Held ...
Cpl. Kenter
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Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett ...
Charwoman
Henry Rowland ...
German Soldier
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Storyline

In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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normandy | d day | nazi | lie | deception | See All (37) »

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The Wildest Spy Adventure A Man Ever Lived!

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War | Thriller

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Approved | See all certifications »

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19 February 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thirty Six Hours  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production license required any evidence that Yosemite was ever transformed into Bavaria, or the Wawona Hotel into an Allied Military Hospital had to be totally removed within 24 hours after the "36 Hours" exodus. Compliance with this condition was the only way Producer William Perlberg could get into the National Park area for his picture. See more »

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When the car drops Pike off at his London headquarters at the beginning of the film, a streetlight across the street is lit. No streetlights were lighted in London during World War II in order to prevent bombers from using their light as guides to their target. See more »

Quotes

Otto Schack: Do you really believe this scheme of yours will succeed?
Maj. Walter Gerber: I'll stake my reputation on it!
Otto Schack: Oh, you'll stake more than your reputation, doctor, much more!
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Referenced in Captain America (1990) See more »

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March: News of the Day
(uncredited)
Music by John Rochetti
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Great interplay between James Garner and Rod Taylor
17 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film, an engaging mix of psychological banter with pre-D-Day espionage tension.

The best scenes for me were the dialogues between James Garner and Rod Taylor, they'd make a great film on their own. Garner has that amazing combination of intellect and machismo - he can debate the moral aspect of duty and then knock out a guard just as convincingly

Eva Marie Saint's performance is very strong too as the concentration-camp victim unable to express emotion after the trauma that she has experienced. The power of Roald Dahl's writing comes through here, as she acts as a constant reminder to us of the grim realities of the war in the context of the other charismatic characters.


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