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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Douglas Heyes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ted Hartley ... Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose Murray Rose ... Lt. George Mills
Ron Masak ... Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ... Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lee Stanley ... Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard ... Survivor
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Storyline

Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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It's a race for the secret ... or TOTAL DESTRUCTION See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisstation Zebra See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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70 mm 6-Track | Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick McGoohan was in the midst filming his iconic TV series The Prisoner (1967) at the time he appeared in this movie. In order to allow him to take time off from his TV series, the episode, The Prisoner (1967) was inserted. It's a hastily re-written "Danger Man" (1964)_ episode, in which McGoohan's character, Number Six, has his mind transferred into the body of another man. Another episode, _"The Prisoner" (1967) The Girl Who Was Death (#1.14)}_ was also an altered episode of Secret Agent (Danger Man), which enabled Pat to finish up on Zebra', as Nº. 6 wore a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat, moustache, and pipe, so his double, Frank Maher could film most of the scenes. See more »

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If the torpedo room floods from the tube, the amount of water that would come through the tube would make it impossible for the crew to stop it. For this reason, there is a mechanical interlock whose key is held by the captain, to prevent opening both breech and muzzle doors at the same time. See more »

Quotes

David Jones: [Cmdr. Ferraday delivers a requested bottle of whiskey] This should loosen the old fiddle strings. Would you join me, gentlemen?
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Referenced in Sam & Max Season Two (2008) See more »

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The Fight
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Big buget, top cast, great music, super-wide screen - Wow!
4 March 2002 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

Big-budget, all-star, action-packed adventure about an American submarine sent to the North Pole to retrieve a downed satellite which contains a roll of film. The Russians want it as badly as the Americans because the film contains high-orbit pictures of BOTH country's missile sites.

Rock Hudson is the sub commander, Patrick McGoohan is the cynical secret agent with a dry wit (a roll he made famous in two famous British TV shows, `The Secret Agent' and `The Prisoner'), Jim Brown is a hard-nosed Marine captain, and Earnest Borgnine is a Russian defector working with McGoohan and the Americans to retrieve the valuable film.

The special effects of the Russian jets could have been much better, even in 1968. But the fantastic exterior arctic sets create a stylized North Pole as appealing as the sets of Altair 4 in `Forbidden Planet'. Sure they don't look `real' -- but that's doesn't mean they don't look good. And brother, they sure look BIG. Furthermore, these sets don't just sit there, they actually DO neat stuff: hugh blocks of ice converge and threaten to crush the sub's conning tower, and the conning tower raises and lowers through cracks in the ice!

Dynamite score by Michel LeGrand. Sterling screenplay by Douglas Heyes, riddled with sharp dialogue that the fine cast delivers perfectly (I love it when McGoohan tells Hudson that the film invented by America's German scientists was put into the camera invented by Britain's German scientists and sent up in the satellite invented by the Russian's German scientists. Funny.

Based on Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel. A genuine techno-thriller that predated Tom Clancy's work. And it was originally released at Cinerama theaters! Gotta love it . . .


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