Breaking Point
Home video release poster
Based on
Teleplay byStanley Greenberg
Directed byPeter Markle
Music byJ. A. C. Redford
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
CinematographyDon Burgess
EditorDebra Neil
Running time100 minutes
Production companyThe Avnet/Kerner Company
Original release
ReleaseAugust 18, 1989 (1989-08-18)

Breaking Point is a 1989 American war thriller television film directed by Peter Markle and written by Stanley Greenberg. It is a remake of the 1964 film 36 Hours, which in turn was based on the 1944 short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald Dahl. The film stars Corbin Bernsen, Joanna Pacuła, John Glover, and David Marshall Grant. It aired on TNT on August 18, 1989.[1][2][3]

Plot summary

The story unfolds with D-Day less than 72 hours away. Jefferson Pike, portrayed by Corbin Bernsen, is a top US intelligence officer who is captured by the enemy. Pike is one of the few officers who knows where the Allies will strike, and the Nazis, aware that he will not succumb to torture, devise an elaborate scheme to deceive him. They set up a scenario in a US hospital in Germany, making Pike believe that the war is over and he is recovering from memory loss. His doctor (John Glover) and nurse (Joanna Pacula) are part of an elite Nazi psychological team tasked with convincing Pike to reveal top-secret information. As the narrative progresses, the pressure mounts for Pike to reach his "breaking point" as the captors intensify their efforts to extract the critical information.

This plot explores themes of deception, war, and psychological manipulation, highlighting the lengths to which adversaries may go during wartime to gain strategic advantages.[4]



  1. ^ Leonard Maltin. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Plume, 1994.
  2. ^ Laser Video Guide, Volume 2. NVI Publishing Group, 1997.
  3. ^ Lynne Heffley (August 18, 1989). "'Breaking Point' Thrills in Hitchcockian Vein". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  4. ^ Markle, Peter (1989-08-18), Breaking Point (Mystery, Romance, Thriller), Corbin Bernsen, Joanna Pacula, John Glover, TNT, retrieved 2024-01-31