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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 3 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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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
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Sister Denise Norton
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Captain Crosbie
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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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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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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

The song that van der Poel sings is called "Sarie Marais" and is used as a regimental quick march by the UK's Corps of Royal Marines. It first came to the attention of British troops during the Boer War. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: TOBRUK - 1942 See more »

Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Human vulnerabilities in a hostile environment
11 June 2005 | by (gateshead,tyne and wear, england, uk) – See all my reviews

I am not a great fan of war genre, but this film is brilliant for several reasons. First of all the film is well acted by a cast who know what good acting is. This can be particularly said of the late Sir John Mills; a dedicated actor who really knew how to play all his characters well.

The film is also great for its suspense, which kept me gripped all the way to Alexandria.

However, what makes the film stand out, is how the adversity of a hostile environment, such as the dessert brings out the positive qualities of human nature, which serve to unite man -and woman -kind. This puts the idea of war into perspective as insignificant when faced with nature's raw and hostile conditions. It illustrates that as humans we need to unite and work together to combat adversity, while respecting the power of nature.


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