24 Hours to Kill (1965)

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The crew of an airplane forced to spend 24 hours in Beirut get in trouble with a smuggling gang.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Crew: Jamie Faulkner
The Crew: Norman Jones
Michael Medwin ...
The Crew: Tommy Gaskell
Wolfgang Lukschy ...
The Crew: Kurt Hoffner
Helga Sommerfeld ...
The Crew: Louise Braganza (as Helga Somerfeld)
France Anglade ...
The Crew: Franzi Bertram
Helga Lehner ...
The Crew: Marianne
Walter Slezak ...
The Firm: Malouf
Hans Clarin ...
The Firm: Elias
Shakib Khouri ...
The Firm: Andronicus
Issam Chenawi ...
The Firm
Giancarlo Bastianoni ...
The Firm: Killer
The Firm: Claudine (as Marie Rohm)
Ella Masden ...
The Firm: Malouf's Driver
Rachid Alami ...
The Firm


A plane bound for Athens is forced to spend 24 hours in Beirut after an engine failure. A member of the crew gets mixed up in transporting stolen goods, which brings him to the attention of a ruthless smuggler. It falls to the pilot to protect his friend from the criminal and his gang. Written by movies4men

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Stewardessen in Beirut entführt - Ein toter Mann an Bord! See more »


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Release Date:

September 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Twenty-Four Hours to Kill  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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2.35 : 1
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A well directed and colourful thriller.
11 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very much a film of its time. Mid-60s, exotic location, imported American stars, glamorous European women and unconvincing fight scenes. I thought I might last ten minutes watching this whilst putting up the Xmas decorations but I ended up watching the whole thing. The reason for that was the excellent direction by Peter Bezencenet and a great turn by the always watchable Michael Medwin. Considering how well directed this film is, I'm surprised to find that Bezencenet only directed four films, and only one after this film.

At two hours (including commercials) it did feel a little on the long side. But the locations, the dresses, the sharp suits, hairstyles and the oblique plot makes for worthwhile viewing.

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