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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:
"My First Name Is Captain" 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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
148 min
Country:
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 | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G | USA:TV-PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Changes made from the Alistair MacLean source novel of the same name for this film included the name of the nuclear submarine, the Dolphin, which was re-named the USS Tigerfish (with the vessel number of SSN-509) and the names of two characters: Submarine Commander Swanson became Commander Ferraday (played by Rock Hudson) and spy Dr. Carpenter became David Jones (played by Patrick McGoohan).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Not only was file footage of a US F4 Phantom used instead of a USSR MIG-21, the clip used was obviously of an aircraft on short final as the landing gear and flaps were in the landing position. Even if the type of air snatch represented could be done with an F4 or a MIG there would be a deployed hook visible, not lowered landing gear.See more »
Quotes:
Cmdr. Ferraday:She's slowing faster! During uncontrolled descent from flooding incident.See more »
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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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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
"My First Name Is Captain", 9 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The very first film Rock Hudson did after finishing his contractual obligations at Universal Studios was no cheapie. Ice Station Zebra was spared no expense by MGM in bringing the Alistair McLean Cold War novel to the screen. Unfortunately this and some other ill conceived projects are what brought MGM to bankruptcy in the next decade.

Though it got only so-so reviews and didn't have the box office that MGM wanted and needed, Ice Station Zebra has stood up well and is really best seen on the big screen. Even a letter boxed version doesn't do the vast polar landscapes justice nor the underwater shots neither. The film was nominated for special effects and color cinematography.

Watching Rock Hudson in command of the U.S.S. Tigerfish was like watching James T. Kirk in charge of the Enterprise. I wouldn't be surprised if Hudson took a few cues from William Shatner in his performance.

Hudson has an Enterprise like mission and later on leads an away team on a polar icecap where a Russian spy satellite has been busy photographing all of the U.S. missile launching sites. The film is wanted by both sides and both sides send teams to get it.

It's a curious bunch that Hudson has to deal with on his team. A Russian defector scientist Ernest Borgnine, British agent Patrick McGoohan (wasn't that ever natural casting) and spit and polish Marine captain Jim Brown. They've all got varying agendas and one in his crew is a double agent.

The highlight of the film is the standoff with Hudson and Russian colonel Alf Kjellin. They are an evenly matched pair, I would not like to be playing poker with.

Ice Station Zebra is far better than the reviews it got at the time. Even with the Cold War over, it's still an exciting and suspense filled film.

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