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 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 ... 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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"Ice Station Zebra"... Remember The Name -- Your Life May Depend On It! See more »


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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 allegedly was recovered by Soviet intelligence agents after it crashed near Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean; that claim is disputed. 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

The submachine guns used by the Russians are the Madsen M-50 submachine gun, not the Carl Gustav M45 as another poster has claimed. This is easily seen because the body is flat-sided rather than tubular, it has no barrel shroud, and the barrel nut is conical rather than cylindrical. See more »

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Cmdr. Ferraday: I'm in command of this submarine, and I am not sticking another torpedo up that spout...
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Alternate Versions

Originally shown in theaters with an opening overture, which has been restored for the 2005 DVD release. See more »

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Entr'Acte
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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A splendid film with a splendid cast
9 May 2005 | by carolv_bradySee all my reviews

Oh sorry - did I say "splendid" twice?? Well, that sums up what I feel about this film. Particularly "splendid" in my humble opinion was the portrayal of David Jones by the wonderful Patrick McGoohan, who is my favourite actor, so OK I'm a little biased here - but he really stood out for me. I love the way he seemed genuinely shaken after the "sabotage" act on the sub - drinking whisky-laden coffee with trembling hands. And of course Number 6's dry sense of humour, and heroic deeds.

And everyone else was pretty good too :) I know some of the scenery was obviously fake, but the sense of space across the ice flow, and the scenes of the sub trying to emerge from the ice were pretty impressive.

Anyway, I bought this yesterday on DVD and it was £16 well spent.

9/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Station Zebra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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