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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

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A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer ... See full summary »

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Captain Anson
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Sister Murdoch / Sister Diana Murdoch
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Captain van der Poel
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M.S.M. Pugh
Diane Clare ...
Sister Denise Norton
Richard Leech ...
Captain Crosbie
Liam Redmond ...
Brigadier - D.D.M.S.
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Brigadier's Staff Officer
David Lodge ...
C.M.P. Captain - Tank Trap
Michael Nightingale ...
C.M.P. Captain - Check Point
Basil Hoskins ...
C.M.P. Lieutenant - Alexandria
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1st German Officer
Frederick Jaeger ...
2nd German Officer
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German Guard
Peter Arne ...
British Officer at Oasis
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A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria, but the problems just won't go away. Written by Rob Hartill

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beer | desert | ambulance | spy | world war two | See more »

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From Tobruk to Alexandria... they had to make it... even if one of'em was a traitor!

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Drama | War

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3 October 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Desert Attack  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to 'Sylvia Syms', John Mills was the only lead who was able to "glug the lager down" as required in the final scene. See more »

Goofs

Although Basil Hoskins's character is described as Corps of Military Police lieutenant, his cap badge is that of the Middlesex Regt. The NCOs are wearing the correct MP cap badges. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.
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Excellent film
19 April 2005 | by (Tamworth United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I recently watched the film again after many years. It bears its age well and I had forgotten the number of nail-biting sequences: brigadier's car blown up, chase by Germans, second check by Germans, Anthony Quayle in the quicksand, and best of all, "winding" the ambulance up the sand cliff to get out of the Qattra Depression, etc. etc.

The four main characters play their roles well although my personal favourite is Anthony Quayle as the South African/German. He successfully conveys a figure of strength and confidence, balanced by a sense of defeatism when his true identity is revealed.

John Mills is solid in his playing of the worn-out but still dogged British officer although he is diminutive against Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews.

Sylvia Sims is plucky and just about believable whilst Harrt Andrews is totally dependable as the sergeant.

Altogether a cracking film !


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