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36 Hours (1964)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 19 February 1965 (USA)
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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Otto Schack
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Ernst
Russell Thorson ...
Gen. Allison
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Col. Peter MacLean
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Lt. Col. Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ...
Capt. Abbott
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Elsa
Karl Held ...
Cpl. Kenter
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Kraatz
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Charwoman
Henry Rowland ...
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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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The Wildest Spy Adventure A Man Ever Lived! See more »

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Thriller | War

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The phony 1950 newspapers given to Major Pike depict "President Wallace". Henry Wallace was Vice President of the United States in 1944, when the film actually takes place. He was not slated on the Democratic ticket later that year and was succeeded as Vice President by Harry S. Truman. See more »

Goofs

Anna wearing supposed wedding ring on right hand. Later in film older lady was wearing ring on left when awoken in the middle of the night. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Walter Gerber: Don't feel badly. Even Dillinger couldn't break out of here!
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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Forged Steele (1985) 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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