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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cdr. James Ferraday
... Boris Vaslov
... David Jones
... Capt. Leslie Anders
... Lt. Russell Walker
... Admiral Garvey
... Col. Ostrovsky
... Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ... Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ... Lt. George Mills
... Paul Zabrinczski
... Lt. Edgar Hackett
... Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ... Dr. Jack Benning
... Survivor
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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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An American nuclear sub.. a sky full of Russian paratroopers--and a race for the secret of Ice Station Zebra! See more »


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23 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Eisstation Zebra  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie's plot has similarities with the real life 1962 CIA Project COLDFEET aka Operation Coldfeet. Conducted in May and June of that year, the assignment purpose was to gather intelligence from an abandoned Soviet arctic research ice station. Two agents parachuted from a B-17 Flying Fortress and searched the facility and were collected three days later via the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. See more »

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When Russian aircraft are detected approaching Ice Station Zebra they are reportedly traveling at 650 knots. Once they overpass the station a new aircraft track traveling at 360 knots is detected and will be arriving in 4 minutes. How is it possible those planes were not detected before the jet fighters? Given the timing of the approaching aircraft, those fighter jets would have flown past those slower aircraft. It just does not fit. See more »

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Cmdr. Ferraday: [after reading the name of the person who authorized the mission] All right sir, I'm impressed. Not enlightened - but impressed.
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Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Ice Station Sabrina (1999) See more »

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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!
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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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