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Ice Cold in Alex
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Release Date:
3 October 1958 (West Germany) See more »
From Tobruk to Alexandria... they had to make it... even if one of'em was a traitor!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Makes you want a cold beer afterwards See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order)

John Mills ... Captain Anson

Sylvia Syms ... Sister Diana Murdoch

Anthony Quayle ... Captain van der Poel

Harry Andrews ... 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

Walter Gotell ... 1st German Officer
Frederick Jaeger ... 2nd German Officer

Richard Marner ... German Guard
Peter Arne ... British Officer at Oasis
Paul Stassino ... Barman

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Christopher Landon (novel)

T.J. Morrison (screenplay) and
Christopher Landon (screenplay)

Produced by
W.A. Whittaker .... producer
Original Music by
Leighton Lucas 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Best 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
Art Direction by
Robert Jones 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... makeup artist
A.G. Scott .... hairdresser (as A. Scott)
Eric Allwright .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Barry Delmaine .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Crafford .... dubbing editor
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Val Stewart .... camera operator
Norman Warwick .... second unit photography
Steve Birtles .... electrician (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... focus puller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leighton Lucas .... conductor
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Kirk .... continuity
Walter C. Mycroft .... scenario supervisor (as Walter Mycroft)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Desert Attack" - USA
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130 min | USA:76 min (1961) | UK:138 min (pre-censored version) (1958)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release: uncut) (2011) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) (2006) | UK:A (1958) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #19618)

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When they were pushing the ambulance up the hill from behind, Sylvia Syms fell in the sand (as scripted), but John Mills picked her up and threw her (too forcefully) at the back of the van and Sylvia banged her head against it.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Captain Anson tries to stop the runaway ambulance going down the hill - from the running board - there is clearly someone in the driver's seat in two shots.See more »
Capt. Anson:[draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.See more »
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Makes you want a cold beer afterwards, 11 June 2005
Author: sjl004 from Fleet, Hampshire, England

The distance the team have to travel is shown also in the stretch and strain put on them physically and mentally and reminds me of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The best moment is towards the end when the captain yells at the girl "Don't stand there thinking about your relationship and forget the make-up!".

The suspicions arisen about a character member added to tension in addition to the English groups trip through perilious desert terrain under constant threat from the German enemy, the heat and the desert itself. Romance is added to the war theme and a great supporting cast brings a warmth to the intense heat of the African sands.

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