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Ice Station Zebra -- Rock Hudson stars as an American nuclear submarine captain in a deadly race against the Soviets to find a downed satellite beneath the polar ice cap.
Ice Station Zebra -- Trailer for this chilly thriller

Overview

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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:
USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
The Cold War Is Gone, But This Movie Is Still Good See more (95 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 Joe Hooker ... Hill (as Buddy Hart)
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:
John Breen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Maneuver Sergeant (uncredited)
Ty Haller ... Pvt. Grey (uncredited)
James Jeter ... 2nd Barman (uncredited)
Larry Strong ... Wardroom Attendent (uncredited)

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 Levinson .... 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)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John M. Connolly .... technical adviser (as Capt. John M. Connolly U.S.N. Ret.)
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
148 min
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Language:
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 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1969) | 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 film's story has similarities with the real life events, reported in the media in April 1959, of the Discoverer II experimental Corona satellite capsule that went missing and was recovered by Soviet intelligence agents after it crashed near Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean. Spitsbergen is in Norway's Svalbard archipelago of islands which is where both Alistair MacLean 's novel and the film of Bear Island (1979) is set.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Mr. Jones shines a light down into the fuel tank of the ice tractor while he is talking with Commander Farraday, 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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Soundtrack:
TigerfishSee 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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21 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The Cold War Is Gone, But This Movie Is Still Good, 13 November 2003
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Commander James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), the captain of the nuclear submarine USS Tigerfish, receives the assignment to get three persons to North Pole: the civilian David Jones (Patrick McGoohan), the Russian deserter Boris Vaslov (Ernest Borgnine) and the marine Capt. Leslie Anders (Jim Brown). Their secret mission is to recover an American film from an English camera in a Russian spy satellite, which felt close to the Ice Station Zebra. The persons who work in the station are not responding to the radio call and nobody knows what might have happened with them. Along the voyage of USS Tigerfish, there is some sabotage on board meaning that probably one of the new passengers is a Russian spy. A tense and cynical end finishes a long but attractive story. Although the cold war is gone in the present days, this movie is still a good film. Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan have a great performance. My vote is seven.

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