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Director:
Writers:
Alistair MacLean (novel)
Douglas Heyes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's a race for the secret ... or TOTAL DESTRUCTION See more »
Plot:
Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
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. See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Cdr. James Ferraday

Ernest Borgnine ... Boris Vaslov

Patrick McGoohan ... David Jones

Jim Brown ... Capt. Leslie Anders

Tony Bill ... Lt. Russell Walker

Lloyd Nolan ... Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ... Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ... Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ... Lt. George Mills

Ron Masak ... Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ... Lt. Edgar Hackett

Lee Stanley ... Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ... Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard ... Survivor
William O'Connell ... Survivor
Michael T. Mikler ... Lt. Courtney Cartwright

Jonathan Goldsmith ... Russian Aide (as Jonathan Lippe)
Ted Kristian ... Wassmeyer
Jim Dixon ... Earl MacAuliffe
Boyd Berlind ... Bruce Kentner
David Wendel ... Cedric Patterson
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Lyle Nichols
Craig Shreeve ... Gafferty
Michael Grossman ... Kohler
Wade Graham ... Parker
Michael Rougas ... Fannovich

Jed Allan ... Peter Costigan

Lloyd Haynes ... Webson

Buddy Garion ... Edward Rawlins
T.J. Escott ... Lt. Carl Mingus (as T. J. Escott)
Buddy Hart ... Hill
Gary Downey ... Lorrison
Robert Carlson ... Kelvaney
Don Newsome ... Timothy Hirsch
Jim Goodwin ... Survivor
William Byron Hillman ... Philip Munsey (as Bill Hillman)
Dennis Alpert ... Gambetta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louie Elias ... Maneuver Sergeant (uncredited)
Ty Haller ... Pvt. Grey (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Alistair MacLean (novel)

Douglas Heyes (screenplay)

Harry Julian Fink (screen story)

W.R. Burnett  uncredited

Produced by
James C. Pratt .... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
John Calley .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Addison Hehr 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Jack Mills 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... unit production manager
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas J. Schmidt .... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Glenn E. Anderson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Earl McCoy .... special effects
Henry Millar .... special effects (as H.E. Millar Sr.)
Ralph Swartz .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... optical effects
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
Carroll L. Shepphird .... special visual effects
Clarence Slifer .... special visual effects
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Budd Albright .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Downey .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John M. Stephens .... additional arctic photography
Nelson Tyler .... additional arctic photography
Doug Byers .... underwater electrician (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John M. Connolly .... technical adviser (as Capt. John M. Connolly U.S.N. Ret.)
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
 
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Runtime:
148 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track | Mono (35 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (video rating) (1991) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G | USA:TV-PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The word "Zebra" in the film and source novel's title is derivative of the letter "Z" in the phonetic alphabet of the Army and Navy. The word "Zebra" though is no longer used in the modern NATO phonetic alphabet for navigation and aviation, "Zebra" being replaced by the word "Zulu".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After the Rolls Royce leaves the airfield early in the movie, it is seen driving on a mountain road. In different shots the car is shown driving on both the right and left sides of the road, probably because some of the film was reversed during editing.See more »
Quotes:
Cmdr. Ferraday:[after reading the name of the person who authorized the mission] All right sir, I'm impressed. Not enlightened - but impressed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)See more »

FAQ

If they were sure that the film was there but could not locate it, why didn't they jut blow up that ice around the station so that everything would just sink to the bottom of the ocean never to b found? This could have also prepped for a sequel .
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38 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: Mickey-2 from Front Royal, VA

"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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