On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during WW2, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency NATO frequency and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.
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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
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When the torpedo room floods, the sub interior is shown pitched forward. But the actors are seen standing perpendicular to the floor, not standing vertically. To maintain balance people will stand vertically regardless of the angle of the surface they are standing on. It's obvious the scene was shot on a level set and the camera was rolled to give the illusion the sub was pitched forward. See more »
Where were you stationed, Captain, before you were picked up in transit?
Capt. Leslie Anders:
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.
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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This movie is a FAR better and more believable story than any of the cold-war James Bond pictures of the same period. All of the actors involved here are at the top of their game, especially Rock Hudson, who portrays a nuclear submarine captain as if he was born to it.
A very believable story, well acted, with lots of action sequences interspersed with tightly-delivered dialog. Ice Station Zebra moves along at a crisp pace, and builds to a gripping climax.
This movie is NOT to be missed if you like nuclear submarines, cold-war epics, or just well-acted and written movies in general.
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