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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  3 October 1958 (West Germany)
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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 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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From Tobruk to Alexandria... they had to make it... even if one of'em was a traitor!

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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 »

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When the ambulance encounters the second group of Germans, none of the Germans have magazines in their sub-machine guns. See more »

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Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.
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My favourite war movie
19 July 2002 | by (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Ice Cold in Alex used to show up on the late show on CBC years ago, and it has also been on some of the cable channels. It gets better with each viewing. When the subject of war movies comes up, I always tell people this is my favourite war movie, and, in my opinion, one of the best - and usually get a blank look. They recognize the cast when I list them, though. And it is a great cast - Mills, Andrews, Quayle. And I am totally in love with Sylvia Sims in this. (I guess I must have a thing for beautiful women, with no makeup, sweating in khakis. I loved Juliette Binoche in Canadian battledress in The English Patient, too - but I digress).

This is simply good storytelling and great character drama in a setting that tests character, with an authentic look and feel and superb B&W photography of the kind that distinguished so many post-war 'neo-realist' films. There are so many great moments such as van der Poel lifting the ambulance, the 'surprise' encounter with the SAS (?) man, the Blimpish officer's encounter with an 88-mm shell in his Humber staff car, Mill's moments of crisis, stunning closeups of Sylvia Sims, and and especially that moment in the bar which makes you want to run out for a tall frosty one. Next time I view it, I will indeed have a cold Carlsberg waiting in the fridge. Years ago, I was sailing across Lake Winnipeg to Gimli on a slow, hot July day, with little wind, I promised we would enjoy beer and pizza when we finally made it to harbour, and I was thinking of this movie.

I am also a bit of a military vehicle buff, and I like this movie for that, too - for me, the ambulance - I think it's an Morris-Commecial CS11/30F, or maybe a Ford WOT2, but I'd have to see the movie again to be sure - is also one of the stars. Cranking-up-the-sand-dune is probably my favourite scene with it. The Wages of Fear /Scorcerer comes to mind as a comparable vehicle-as-character movie.

Vehicle buffs will also enjoy the anachronism of seeing a Land Rover parked on the street in the background of the final shot - the car wasn't in production until 1947.


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