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Director:
George Seaton
Released:
1964
Rating:
PG

Late May, 1944: World War II is reaching a critical stage. Major Jefferson Pike knows the plans for D-Day and has to go to neutral Lisbon on a secret mission. After being knocked out in a Lisbon alley, Pike wakes up in a completely different world. It appears that he is in a hospital, and when he looks in the mirror, he is shocked to realize that his hair is turning gray and that his eyesight is poorer that it was. A psychiatrist, Gerber, tells him that it is now 1950 and the war is over, and that he has been experiencing frequent memory loss and spells of confusion ever since being tortured in 1944. Gerber promises that they will start on new treatment right away - which will require Pike's telling him everything he can remember about the war. Pike finds he now even has a wife, the beautiful Anna - but, over the course of 36 hours, he starts to suspect that not everything is as it seems.

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James Garner

James Garner

Major Jefferson Pike

Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

Major Walter Gerber

Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint

Anna Hedler

Werner Peters

Werner Peters

Otto Schack

Alan Napier

Alan Napier

Colonel Maclean

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    • This film claims to be based on Roald Dahl's four-page short story Beware Of The Dog, but also credits a "screen story" by Luis H. Vance and Carl K. Hittleman. According to Dahl's biographer, Graham Sturrock, the latter was written independently of Dahl's tale and without knowledge of it; the writer only found out about the film when his then wife Patricia Neal was offered the female lead. His lawyers pointed out the similarity to the MGM story department and indicated that he might sue them over it; the studio immediately bought the film rights to Beware Of The Dog for a considerable sum. Patricia Neal didn't appear in the finished film.

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Military & War