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36 ore all'inferno (1969)

A rag tag bunch of US marines are sent in to the Pacific Island of Rabaul to clear any remaining Japanese forces after heavy bombing. They meet fierce resistance.


Roberto Bianchi Montero (as Roberto Montero)


Dino de Rugieriis (story) (as Dino De Rugeriis), Roberto Bianchi Montero (story) (as Roberto Montero) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harrison ... Captain Stern
Pamela Tudor Pamela Tudor ... Ingrid Nilsson
Alain Gerard Alain Gerard ... Henry Stewart
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Pfc. Langousta
George Wang ... Major Koshiro
Bruno Piergentili Bruno Piergentili ... Bronx (as Dan Harrison)
Rodolfo Valadier Rodolfo Valadier ... Lt. Hines
Luciano Catenacci ... Cpl. Landing (as Luciano Lorcas)
Vittorio Richelmy Vittorio Richelmy ... Joe Castle
Vincenzo Sartini Vincenzo Sartini ... Pfc. Billy
Goffredo Unger ... T / Sgt. Missouri (as Fredy Unger)
Mario Bianchi Mario Bianchi
Italo Gasperini Italo Gasperini
Noburo Homma Noburo Homma ... Kurasawa
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró ... (as Gaetano Imbro)


A rag tag bunch of US marines are sent in to the Pacific Island of Rabaul to clear any remaining Japanese forces after heavy bombing. They meet fierce resistance.

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26 July 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirty Six Hours of Hell See more »

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Eros See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Having just seen the film for the first time, it states that in the November of 1945 the Australians began their first great offensive of the Pacific. The war in the Pacific ended in August 1945!. See more »

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Dry and predictable
22 May 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

After intense bombing designed to wipe-out Japanese forces on the Pacific Island of Rabaul, a small group of Americans are sent in to clean-up any remaining combatants before the main force lands. What should have been a routine mission turns out to be more complicated and deadly than hoped. The Japanese forces have weathered the bombing storm and are ready to take the fight to the Americans.

36 Hours of Hell stars Richard Harrison. Yesterday, I wrote about another Richard Harrison film - Rojo. My feelings on 36 Hours of Hell are much the same as my feelings on Rojo - it's terribly dry and predictable. I know the filmmakers did the best they could with a limited budget, but it felt like a series of clichéd set-pieces stuck together into a 90 minute film. There was little to hold my interest from one scene to the next. And it doesn't help matters the way the characters were presented. To be an effective war film, you have to care about the guys that are being blown to pieces. Here, other than Harrison, I didn't know enough about any of the other guys to care if they lived or died. Finally, I'm beginning to think that Richard Harrison may hold a limited appeal to me. I don't think he's particularly good in this film. One of his men is killed and his emotions are all wrong. The emotion he displays would be more appropriate for burning a steak on the grill than watching a man die.

There are a couple of positives I'll briefly mention. First, I appreciate the fact that actual Asians were used to play the Japanese soldiers. Even in 1969, you didn't see this very often. Second, the film looks great. The cinematography is quite good and better than expected. Third, I'm not overly familiar with Pamela Tudor, but her limited role here is memorable. Still, the bad outweighs the good and I cannot rate 36 Hours of Hell any higher than a 4/10.

One final note - I feel I need to mention the music. While I thought it was great, often brilliant, it never really fits the action on the screen. It didn't feel like the music you would associate with a war movie. In my opinion, Franco Salina's score would have been much more at home in a giallo.

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