George Seaton had already written and directed the very impressive TheCounterfeit Traitor when he turned his attention to this absorbing andcleverly-plotted thriller. Once again the film is set during WWII andonce again Seaton weaves an exciting story against the backcloth ofthat intriguing and terrifying period of history.<br><br>Major Jefferson Pike (James Garner) is an American intelligence officerwho is kidnapped and drugged en route to Lisbon during the daysapproaching the D-Day Landings. Pike's original mission before hiscapture was to pass on misleading information to the Germans, intendedto trick them into expecting the Allies to storm ashore at Calaisrather than the actual intended target area of the Normandy beaches.When Pike awakens, he is unknowingly in a secret compound in Bavaria,and the D-Day attack is still 36 hours away from actually taking place.He is told by disguised Nazi spy, Major Walter Gerber (Rod Taylor),that the war is over and that he has been suffering from amnesiaclapses for the past six years. Gerber's plan is to convince Pike thatthe war ended years previously with Allied victory and that it is safeto reveal details about the D-Day Landings.... details which would, infact, be very useful to the German forces in the hours approaching thetop-secret Allied attack.<br><br>It is a very interesting plot, and is well-handled. Rod Taylor'sperformance as the slippery Nazi trickster is exceptionally good, whileGarner handles his slightly dull role (as the hero with sensitiveinformation which he is unsure about revealing) with efficiency. Thecrisp black and white photography - unusual for a film made in theTechnicolour-obsessed '60s - adds to the film's verisimilitude andsense of period, giving it a documentary-like feel. While theproceedings are stretched out to a rather lengthy 115 minutes, the filmdoesn't become significantly tedious and manages to keep the viewerexcited (even though we know, because of the real-life success of theD-Day invasion, that the audacious Nazi plot is doomed to fail). 36Hours is a solid, suspenseful yarn which should satisfy anyone whoenjoys stories about wartime intrigue and audacious masquerades.
Thriller / War
Thriller / War
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.
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