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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Anson
Sister Diana Murdoch
Captain van der Poel
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
1st German Officer
Frederick Jaeger ...
2nd German Officer
German Guard
Peter Arne ...
British Officer at Oasis


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!


Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

3 October 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Desert Attack  »

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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final scenes have been used in two British advertising campaigns in the 80s. One was for Holsten Pils, interspersing comedian Griff Rhys Jones into the original footage, a la Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). Carlsberg themselves then later used the footage to promote their lager, colorizing it. See more »


The level of beer in the glasses changes inconsistently between shots when they are finally drinking in Alex See more »


Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.
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One of strongest character driven war films ever.
29 August 1999 | by (Wirral, England) – See all my reviews

This is a masterly example of how to make a film. The plot is simple, how to get an ambulance from behind enemy lines to safety, but it's given such force and power by the characters thrown together to achieve this. The alcoholic burnt out Captain, the solid Sergeant Major, the plucky nurse and the mysterious stranger. The performances are somewhat mannered by todays standards however they are all excellent, especially Harry Andrews (who rarely gets a mention) but who is the solid rock that holds the other characters together. Don't miss the original UK version, the shortened US version may be safely passed over. This film shows it is possible to make an interesting war film with hardly any violence.

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