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36 Hours (1965)




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In 1950, Maj. Jefferson Pike (James Garner), an Army intelligence agent who served with distinction in World War II, awakens in a hospital with severe amnesia. He isn't sure where he is, how he got there, or even who the woman at his side is, even though the doctor tells him that her name is Anna (Eva Marie Saint) and that she is his wife. The doctor instructs Pike to recall, in as much detail as possible, what he was doing before the accident that caused his traumatic memory loss. But the doctor isn't a doctor, Anna isn't Pike's wife, it isn't 1950, and he isn't in an American hospital. World War II is still very much in progress, and Pike is being duped in an elaborate scheme prepared by Maj. Walter Gerber (Rod Taylor), a German intelligence agent. Gerber is trying to trick a drugged and suggestible Pike into telling him everything he knows, as the injured soldier lies in a Bavarian military hospital after being taken prisoner. Will Pike be able to see through the cracks in Gerber's facade before he spills the beans that could mean death and defeat for American soldiers? 36 Hours was later remade for TV under the title Breaking Point. TV fans will want to keep an eye peeled for bit parts by James Doohan from Star Trek and John Banner from Hogan's Heroes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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James Garner
as Major Jefferson Pike
Rod Taylor
as Major Walter Gerber
Eva Marie Saint
as Anna Hedler
Werner Peters
as Otto Schack
Alan Napier
as Col. Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi
as Lt. Col. Ostermann
Ed Gilbert
as Capt. Abbott
Russell Thorson
as Gen. Allison
Oscar Beregi Jr.
as Lt. Col. Ostermann
Sig Rumann
as German Guard
Karl Held
as Cpl. Kenter
Henry Rowland
as German Soldier
Otto Reichow
as German Soldier
Hilda Plowright
as German Agent
John Gilgreen
as Lt. Busch
Michael Stroka
as German Officer
Chris Anders
as German Officer
Kurt Lander
as German Sergeant
Eric Micklewood
as British Officer
Roy Eason
as Reynolds
Leslie E. Bradley
as British Announcer
Louis Sarrano
as Portuguese Official
Kort Falkenberg
as Radio Voice
Luis Delgado
as Lieutenant
Harold Dyrenforth
as Maj. Gen. Ungerland
Danny Klega
as German Lieutenant
Walter Janowitz
as Dr. Metzler
Charles Hradilac
as Dr. Kleiner
Rudolph Anders
as Dr. Winterstein
Norbert Schiller
as Dr. Wittelbach
John Dennis
as M.P. Guard
Barry Macollum
as Bartender
Roy Jenson
as Soldier
John Hart
as Perkins
Owen McGiveney
as Elderly Man
Rolfe Sedan
as Frenchman
George Dee
as French Informer
Paul Busch
as German
Chic Masi
as Waiter
Charles Bastian
as Swiss Soldier
Horst Ebersberg
as Swiss Officer
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Critic Reviews for 36 Hours

All Critics (5)

...entirely squanders as irresistible a setup as one could possibly envision.

October 1, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The premise, based on a story by Willy Wonka creator Roald Dahl, is as outrageous as it is ingenious

July 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even when it becomes just another spy thriller, it's as well done as the best of the genre.

February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

I loved it's unusual story line and seeing a different take on WWII. The ending is predictable because it's based on real events but it's still so much fun to watch.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Has an intriguing premise it makes the most of until the secret is let out of the bag and the adventure story becomes more ordinary.

January 11, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 36 Hours


A seriously entertaining psychological thriller. There's just nothing else quite out there like this. Check it out.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer

This is an excellent post World War II Movie, showing a gem of an idea in psycholigal warfare. James Garner plays Maj. Jefferson Pike who knows the details of the Invasion of Normandy. The Germans capture Major Pike, drug him and make him believe that he has amnesia and the war has been over for 6 years, then they question him about the American Invasion into Europe. Eva Marie Saint plays his nurse who in the beginning is working for the Germans but switches mid movie. This is a excellent War Film Noir, not much killing for you light hearted peace lovers out there. Worth every bit of 4 stars and more. By the way My Hero, My Uncle Bubby is a survivor of the Battle of Normandy, a proud man indeed. He gets 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This is a largely forgotten World War 2 thriller about a man with vital intelligence who is kidnapped by the Nazis 36 hours before the D-Day Invasion. The Nazi?s decided to employ outlandish measures in order to get the information out of him. They build an entire army base, populate it with English speaking actors, and when he wakes up they tell him it is 1950, the war is over and he has amnesia, and they start asking him questions about the last thing he remembers. What?s interesting about all this, is that they do not try to hide the Nazi scheme from the audience, in fact they spend a good twenty minutes going over the elaborate plan in case we don?t get it. This poses a problem; we barely know this guy they kidnapped and instead the main opening exposition is with these Nazis who are outlining an elaborate plan. You start to relate more with these outlandish captors and oddly start to want to see the whole thing work. I do not think this is the effect that the filmmakers had in mind. The whole thing could have had more power if they had instead opened right after he wakes up and have the audience slowly catch on to this crazy scheme, that would have put you more in the shoes of the real protagonist then his captors. Still, it?s a neat piece of high concept cinema, kind of like an above average episode of The Twilight Zone. Unfortunately, they couldn?t really keep the act up for the whole movie, eventually the concept wears off and the film increasingly veers toward less interesting paths. It?s a worthwhile piece of workmanlike cinema, worth a watch if it comes on TV or something.


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