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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


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Alistair MacLean (novel)
Douglas Heyes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1968 (USA) See more »
It's a race for the secret ... or TOTAL DESTRUCTION See more »
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Well-written thinking man's spy film See more (96 total) »


  (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)
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)
Dick Warlock .... 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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148 min
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)
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?

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 »
Factual errors: The Russian jets are shown to be flying at a very low altitude when in fact this greatly shortens the range of a fighter jet which are notorious for having high fuel consumption anyway. Jet engines burn much more fuel at low altitudes than they do at high altitudes.See more »
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 »
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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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Well-written thinking man's spy film, 19 January 2004
Author: qwingedserpent from Sterling Heights, Michigan

I first saw this film when it was released in 1968 at the Summit Cinerama theater in Detroit, and it was a fantastic movie going experience. I think the first thing that draws you into this film is the rousing score by Michel Legrand and the marvelous cinematography. The engrossing story moves along at a good pace aided by some very intelligent and witty dialogue. A superb cast of seasoned professionals including Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown and especially a very suave and droll Patrick MacGoohan create fully realized characters that act and react in very real human emotions to some extremely tense and suspenseful situations. The next time you see this film in the TV listings, be sure to check it out and I think you will find it superior to many films of the same genre that have been made since. One thing I find puzzling is the fact that this classic has not been released on DVD, and I only hope it is very soon.

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