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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  23 October 1968 (USA)
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Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew ... See full summary »



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Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ...
Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ...
Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ...
Lt. George Mills
Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ...
Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ...
Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard ...


Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. Written by Steve Fenwick <>

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23 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Submarines are always referred to as boats. Rock Hudson and other members of the cast frequently refer to their sub as a ship, but a true submariner would never do this. See more »


David Jones: Where were you stationed, Captain, before you were picked up in transit?
Capt. Leslie Anders: Asia
David Jones: Ah, then you haven't been on the ice before either.
Capt. Leslie Anders: No, Sir. A bullet goes just as fast up here as it does down there.
David Jones: Not quite. An insignificant difference, perhaps, but I think you'll find the operational characteristics of the M-16 indicate that a bullet will decelerate as much as 40 feet per second per second faster in these climate conditions. It's denser air, you know.
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McGoohan kicks Cold War butt
17 November 2004 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

I've seen my share of movies, and Patrick McGoohan's performance in this one is my favorite of all time. Rock Hudson-led American sub ventures to remote arctic weather station on what is thought to be a rescue mission. Innocent trip develops into search and struggle for film that threatens the survival of the free world. Hudson's characteristic bluster fits sub captain role to a "T", and we finally get to see McGoohan in action as a British spy in a full-length film. McGoohan's chilling explanation to Hudson of the true purpose of the mission, which comes well into the film, is the crowning moment of the cold-war/spy movie genre ("and that is when the lights began to burn in the Kremlin...."). McGoohan is awesome throughout, although Hudson nearly upstages him in the finale if such a thing is possible. Good supporting cast includes the always-welcome Jim Brown. Deserves a DVD!! 10 out of 10

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