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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

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Cdr. James Ferraday
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Capt. Leslie Anders
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Lt. Russell Walker
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Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ...
Col. Ostrovsky
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Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ...
Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ...
Lt. George Mills
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Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ...
Lt. Edgar Hackett
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Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ...
Dr. Jack Benning
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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 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 <scf@w0x0f.com>

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"Ice Station Zebra"... Remember The Name -- Your Life May Depend On It! See more »


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23 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Eisstation Zebra  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Only two women appear in the film: One is a barmaid at the far end of the bar when Rock Hudson receives a phone call; The other is seen embracing somebody, before Rock Hudson enters another pub. See more »

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Mr. Jones shines a light down into the fuel tank of the ice tractor while he is talking with Commander Farraday, and yet sees nothing. Later, after everyone has searched the building and found nothing, Mr. Jones discovers the cut up weather balloon and decides to check the fuel tank, then easily finding the radio locator where he had previously looked with the flashlight. See more »

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Cmdr. Ferraday: There's one thing that cannot happen on board a submarine by accident... is both ends of a torpedo tube open to the sea at the same time!
David Jones: You cross-connect the hydraulic manifold to the outside door mechanism so that the indicator reads shut when the door is actually open. The same sort of electrical cross on these two panels, and the open position reads green when it should flash red. Then you plug up the inlet to the test cock with chewing gum, sealing wax, anything... just so that it shows a...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

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Tigerfish
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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"My First Name Is Captain"
9 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The very first film Rock Hudson did after finishing his contractual obligations at Universal Studios was no cheapie. Ice Station Zebra was spared no expense by MGM in bringing the Alistair McLean Cold War novel to the screen. Unfortunately this and some other ill conceived projects are what brought MGM to bankruptcy in the next decade.

Though it got only so-so reviews and didn't have the box office that MGM wanted and needed, Ice Station Zebra has stood up well and is really best seen on the big screen. Even a letter boxed version doesn't do the vast polar landscapes justice nor the underwater shots neither. The film was nominated for special effects and color cinematography.

Watching Rock Hudson in command of the U.S.S. Tigerfish was like watching James T. Kirk in charge of the Enterprise. I wouldn't be surprised if Hudson took a few cues from William Shatner in his performance.

Hudson has an Enterprise like mission and later on leads an away team on a polar icecap where a Russian spy satellite has been busy photographing all of the U.S. missile launching sites. The film is wanted by both sides and both sides send teams to get it.

It's a curious bunch that Hudson has to deal with on his team. A Russian defector scientist Ernest Borgnine, British agent Patrick McGoohan (wasn't that ever natural casting) and spit and polish Marine captain Jim Brown. They've all got varying agendas and one in his crew is a double agent.

The highlight of the film is the standoff with Hudson and Russian colonel Alf Kjellin. They are an evenly matched pair, I would not like to be playing poker with.

Ice Station Zebra is far better than the reviews it got at the time. Even with the Cold War over, it's still an exciting and suspense filled film.


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