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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 27 June 1958 (UK)
During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sister Denise Norton
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Brigadier (D.D.M.S.)
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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
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2nd German Officer
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German Guard
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British Officer at Oasis
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

27 June 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Desert Attack  »

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Runtime:

| (1961) | (1958) (pre-censored)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the bar scene in Alexandria, John Mills was drinking real beer because ginger ale and other substitutes didn't look real enough on film. In the final cut (the 14th take) he actually was quite drunk. 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: I'll tell you this, the next drink I have's gonna be a lager. Ice cold. There's a little bar in Alex with a marble top counter and high stools. They serve the best beer in all the middle east. When we get through with this lot I'm gonna buy you one. I'll buy you all one.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: TOBRUK - 1942 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)
[uncredited]
Written (1919) by Fred W. Leigh and Charles Collins
Sung by John Mills, Sylvia Syms and Harry Andrews
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A memorable classic, with great cast and great locations.
11 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I must confess to being biased towards this film, as I am a grandson of the author and screenwriter. It is extremely pleasing to read that this film has given a lot of pleasure to many who have seen it. Why I think the film succeeds is because it was written by a man who took part in the North African campaign, as a doctor in the RAMC, who had to deal with the human cost of war. People, and how they cope with adversity, is often more interesting than depicting warfare itself. This makes it an unusual war film for the time, to say the least. The character of Captain Anson, so ably played by John Mills, is telling for me as my grandfather sadly did have an alcohol problem later in life. On a lighter note, the terrific final scene in the bar has an amusing story attached to it - apparently, the scene had to be shot five or six times, and as nothing else looked like beer in a glass than, well, beer, poor John Mills had to keep knocking back the beers until the scene was "in the can"!


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