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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:
Great Adventure Film See more (96 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: flute (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 (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:
Charlton Heston was originally offered the role of Ferraday but turned it down, saying there was no characterization in the script. Gregory Peck was then offered the part and early adverts in Variety magazine carried mention of Peck's casting, together with Laurence Harvey as Jones.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On the occasions when the submarine was to be surfaced or brought to periscope depth, the order was given to shut the vents. Main vents are always shut immediately after diving, otherwise they are useless if an emergency blow is conducted. Yes, the main vents would be shut, but the order would not be given just before surfacing.See more »
Quotes:
David Jones:May I ask, Captain, when we expect to reach the ice barrier?
Cmdr. Ferraday:Yes, you may ask.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
The FightSee 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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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Great Adventure Film, 4 February 2007
Author: elgrego from Los Angeles

This film is very underrated on this site. It is in a genre that is not really made very often any more--action adventure that is plausible both in plot and technology. And the action adventure plays equal footing to the actual acting and dialog. It is closer to an World War II action film than to, say, one of Arnold Schwartzeneger's action films.

As an artistic piece of work, the lack of women (and any romantic story) keeps this cold war picture completely focused on the primary story, and makes the actors work all that much harder to keep the viewer engaged.

There is also a good bit of spectacular on-location filming that still takes your breath away with its beauty. The actual polar icecap scenes (with actors) where the focal point of the movie's action takes place is a set. And it is a glorious one. No CGI imagery here! I bought this DVD for this film in a bargain bin. If you get the chance snap one up, or rent it and watch it on a decent TV. Great transfer.

Good score as well.

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