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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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
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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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Trivia

The submarine used in this movie was the USS Ronquil (SS-396). Her hull number was repainted to 509. The first nuclear powered United States Submarine was the USS Nautilus (SSN-571). See more »

Goofs

Mr. Jones shines a light down into the fuel tank of the ice tractor whilst he is talking with Commander Ferraday, 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 »

Quotes

1st Lt. Russell Walker: It's just... none of us have ever been aboard a submarine before.
Cmdr. Ferraday: Rest easy. I have.
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Connections

Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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The Russian Trawler
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Well-written thinking man's spy film
19 January 2004 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when it was released in 1968 at the Summit Cinerama theater in Detroit, and it was a fantastic movie going experience. I think the first thing that draws you into this film is the rousing score by Michel Legrand and the marvelous cinematography. The engrossing story moves along at a good pace aided by some very intelligent and witty dialogue. A superb cast of seasoned professionals including Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown and especially a very suave and droll Patrick MacGoohan create fully realized characters that act and react in very real human emotions to some extremely tense and suspenseful situations. The next time you see this film in the TV listings, be sure to check it out and I think you will find it superior to many films of the same genre that have been made since. One thing I find puzzling is the fact that this classic has not been released on DVD, and I only hope it is very soon.


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