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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Douglas Heyes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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An American Navy Commander leads an international crew on a mission to rescue a troubled a weather station in North Pole. A remake of the 1968 film "Ice Station Zebra".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Cdr. James Ferraday
Ernest Borgnine ... Boris Vaslov
Patrick McGoohan ... David Jones
Jim Brown ... Capt. Leslie Anders
Tony Bill ... Lt. Russell Walker
Lloyd Nolan ... Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ... Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose Murray Rose ... Lt. George Mills
Ron Masak ... Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ... Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lee Stanley ... Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard ... Survivor
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Storyline

Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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An American nuclear sub.. a sky full of Russian paratroopers--and a race for the secret of Ice Station Zebra! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Station Zebra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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70 mm 6-Track | Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

A number of characters who appear in this movie were not in the Alistair MacLean source novel, of the same name. Included were; First Lieutenant Russell Walker (played by Tony Bill; Soviet agent and defector Boris Vaslov (played by Ernest Borgnine). See more »

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When Lieutenant Walker's shot, his head rolls to one side and his eyes remain open - indicating he's dead. A moment later, 2 Medics come to retrieve him, and his legs are visibly moving. See more »

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Col. Ostrovsky: Young man, put your gun down. If you use it now, you will be shot down. And there is no need for that. We have what we came for. The incident is clo-sed!
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Originally shown in theaters with an opening overture, which has been restored for the 2005 DVD release. See more »

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A US submarine is entrusted with taking a British espionage agent to the top of the world, on a mission that is vital to the free world.
5 February 2005 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

"Ice Station Zebra" was one of the films made during the 1960's that depicted the tensions that existed in the Cold War era. The Soviet Union has launched a satellite containing a camera that is taking pictures of United States defense bases, etc. That satellite, upon reentry, takes a mysterious trajectory that causes it to crash land at a British weather station located at the top of the world, Ice Station Zebra by name. The United States sends a submarine on the mission to find the satellite, a passenger from British secret service goes along to provide expert knowledge, and along the way, a non-communist Russian is added to the passenger list. This makes for some rather tense moments on the voyage, there is a possible sabotage effort aboard the sub, and all folks involved are wondering of the possibilities of a spy aboard the submarine. Finally, the American vessel makes it to the weather station, and even more of a disaster has occurred there; a fire has broken out, there are survivors, but they are in no shape to go satellite hunting. And, to make matters worse, the Russians have sent an air force strike to Zebra in order to lay claim to this camera and its film contents. The conditions at Ice Station Zebra could definitely heat up, as US Marines and Russian paratroops confront each other.

The cast is top-notch; Rock Hudson plays Capt. Farraday, in charge of the submarine and its crew, and plays the role to the hilt. One may almost close eyes and see Hudson in charge of the boat as it embarks on its mission. Patrick McGoohan is in rare form as the British agent Jones, and Ernest Borgnine is able to play a rather convincing Russian who feels that freedom/democracy is better than communism. Jim Brown, the former NFL running back, has the role of the leader of the Marines that will be asked to confront the Russian troops at Zebra.

Just this month, a DVD version of this film has been made available to the public, and the wait has been well worth it. 9/10, and a nice add to a person's collection.


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