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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G  |   |  Action, 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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An American Navy Commander leads an international crew on a mission to rescue a troubled a weather station in North Pole. A remake of the 1968 film "Ice Station Zebra".

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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
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
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
John Orchard ...
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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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The production shoot for this picture went for nineteen weeks, from Spring 1967 until October 1967. See more »

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When Ferraday is first given Jones' orders by Admiral Garvey, the letter sized papers are folded in half in both directions. When Ferraday reads those same papers later to Jones aboard the submarine, they are folded accordion style in three, with no visible creases of the previous fold style. See more »

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Cmdr. Ferraday: She's slowing faster! During uncontrolled descent from flooding incident.
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A US submarine is entrusted with taking a British espionage agent to the top of the world, on a mission that is vital to the free world.
5 February 2005 | by (Front Royal, VA) – See all my reviews

"Ice Station Zebra" was one of the films made during the 1960's that depicted the tensions that existed in the Cold War era. The Soviet Union has launched a satellite containing a camera that is taking pictures of United States defense bases, etc. That satellite, upon reentry, takes a mysterious trajectory that causes it to crash land at a British weather station located at the top of the world, Ice Station Zebra by name. The United States sends a submarine on the mission to find the satellite, a passenger from British secret service goes along to provide expert knowledge, and along the way, a non-communist Russian is added to the passenger list. This makes for some rather tense moments on the voyage, there is a possible sabotage effort aboard the sub, and all folks involved are wondering of the possibilities of a spy aboard the submarine. Finally, the American vessel makes it to the weather station, and even more of a disaster has occurred there; a fire has broken out, there are survivors, but they are in no shape to go satellite hunting. And, to make matters worse, the Russians have sent an air force strike to Zebra in order to lay claim to this camera and its film contents. The conditions at Ice Station Zebra could definitely heat up, as US Marines and Russian paratroops confront each other.

The cast is top-notch; Rock Hudson plays Capt. Farraday, in charge of the submarine and its crew, and plays the role to the hilt. One may almost close eyes and see Hudson in charge of the boat as it embarks on its mission. Patrick McGoohan is in rare form as the British agent Jones, and Ernest Borgnine is able to play a rather convincing Russian who feels that freedom/democracy is better than communism. Jim Brown, the former NFL running back, has the role of the leader of the Marines that will be asked to confront the Russian troops at Zebra.

Just this month, a DVD version of this film has been made available to the public, and the wait has been well worth it. 9/10, and a nice add to a person's collection.


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