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36 Hours (1964)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 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.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Roald Dahl (story "Beware of the Dog") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Major Jefferson Pike
Eva Marie Saint ... Anna Hedler
Rod Taylor ... Major Walter Gerber
Werner Peters ... Otto Schack
John Banner ... Ernst
Russell Thorson ... General Allison
Alan Napier ... Colonel Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Lt. Colonel Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ... Captain Abbott
Sig Ruman ... German Guard
Celia Lovsky ... Elsa
Karl Held Karl Held ... Corporal Kenter
Martin Kosleck ... Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett ... Charwoman
Henry Rowland 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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Taglines:

"Give Me Any American for 36 Hours And I'll Give You Back a Traitor" See more »

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

19 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirty Six Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Doohan: The soon-to-be "Montgomery Scott" of Star Trek (1966) is uncredited as a British orderly in the opening scenes. Doohan served in Canadian forces during the Normandy Invasion (which the film is about) where he lost part of a finger. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future Imperfect (1990) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Stratagem (2004) were inspired by this film. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a woman furtively searches Major Pike's rooms. She examines two letters addressed to him. The stamps on the envelopes are clearly from the U.S. "Liberty series", first issued in 1954: 2-cent Thomas Jefferson and 3-cent Statue of Liberty. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Jefferson F. Pike: Can't you cry?
Anna Hedler, Nurse: I've used up all my tears!
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Connections

Featured in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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 jeremy-tarlingSee 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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