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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cdr. James Ferraday
Capt. Leslie Anders
Lt. Russell Walker
Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ...
Col. Ostrovsky
Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ...
Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ...
Lt. George Mills
Paul Zabrinczski
Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ...
Dr. Jack Benning


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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An American nuclear sub.. a sky full of Russian paratroopers--and a race for the secret of Ice Station Zebra! See more »


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Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eisstation Zebra  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was originally shown in Cinerama venues. In order to put it into these theatres, MGM pulled 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) while it was still having a successful run. See more »


The officer on duty in the conning tower tells the captain the planes are approaching from the West. Since they are at the North Pole, the only direction the planes could be approaching from is from the South. See more »


Cmdr. Ferraday: It wasn't sealing wax. It wasn't chewing gum. It was epoxy glue. And all of a sudden you know a whole damn lot about submarines.
David Jones: I know how to wreck them, and I know how to lie, steal, kidnap, counterfeit, suborn and kill. That's my job. I do it with great pride.
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Referenced in Sam & Max Season Two (2008) See more »


Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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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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