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
John Banner
as Ernst
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
Marjorie Bennett
as Charwoman
Henry Rowland
as German Soldier
Otto Reichow
as German Soldier
Hilda Plowright
as German Agent
Joseph Mell
as Lemke
John Gilgreen
as Lt. Busch
Michael Stroka
as German Officer
Chris Anders
as German Officer
Kurt Lander
as German Sergeant
James Doohan
as Bishop
Eric Micklewood
as British Officer
Richard Peel
as Dudley
Roy Eason
as Reynolds
Leslie E. Bradley
as British Announcer
Louis Sarrano
as Portuguese Official
Luis Delgado
as Lieutenant
Kort Falkenberg
as Radio Voice
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
Howard Curtis
as Dutton
Owen McGiveney
as Elderly Man
Henry Dar Boggia
as Frenchman
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

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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.

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Audience Reviews for 36 Hours

A fun old black and white flick with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and even John Banner and Rod Taylor!

Sue Birkenseer
Sue Birkenseer

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

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

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

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