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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.

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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

The fake 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 included on the Democratic presidential 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. Europeans wear wedding ring on right hand. 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 Star Trek: Voyager: Projections (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mairzy Doats
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Livingston
Lyrics by Milton Drake and Al Hoffman
Sung by a vocal group on the radio
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The Opening MUSIC Is the Tip off to this film's QUALITY
7 April 2005 | by mcgarig1See all my reviews

If you really listen to the very first moments of the opening music, and if you know something of music, then you'll immediately recognize that the Composer (Dmitri Tiomkin ) was not messing around with THIS score. Tiomkin wrote a beautifully impending theme, internally driven, colored with adventure, suspended by taught phrases, and completely in line, and easily telling, of the quality of everything about this movie. ( My thought was that if Tiomkin wasn't messing around, no one else would be messing around either. This movie HAS IT ALL. )

When I heard those first opening passages, especially the quiet and complex timpani part, then I knew I was in for a really OUTSTANDING FILM. So, right then, I put off an important meeting, because I felt the movie would be as good as the music score. If you encounter this movie, put off anything else, except medical emergencies, and WATCH THIS MOVIE. ! !

Life's too short to miss this one, so watch it - NOW ! Yes, NOW !


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