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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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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisstation Zebra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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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Trivia

Unique and innovative underwater camera equipment was developed for this movie by 2nd unit cameraman and cinematographer 'John M Stephens', a former U.S.A. Navy diver, who is billed in the credits for additional arctic photography. The camera system enabled the first ever filming of a continuous submarine dive and this technical innovation produced some outstanding photography for the picture. This achievement was encapsulated in an accompanying MGM short promo film The Man Who Makes the Difference (1968) which is available on the DVD for this movie. See more »

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The wires holding up the models of the Russian planes are visible. Additionally, the clouds in the background can be seen through the models. Especially through the tails. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Ferraday: Attention all hands, this is the Captain. A Norwegian freighter has just picked up another distress signal from Ice Station Zebra. Quote: For God's sake hurry. Unquote. The rest of the transmission is garbled. So, somebody's still alive up there. The last estimated position of the British camp was 85 north 21 west. But, we can't pin it down, their position drifts with the ice pack. As you know, the United States and Soviet Russia are making a joint effort to reach the survivors. An ice storm ...
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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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The Lab
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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MGM on ice.
22 March 2008 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In each year of the 60s MGM seemed to release three $10 million dollar movies. I have never seen a film company so dedicated to ensure their output was simply colossal. With this aim, some good ideas were boosted up and into mega colossal whopper H-U-G-E ambitions that were presented in 70mm, ran over 2.5 hours and commanded luxury picture palace sized first release cinemas world wide. As such an experience they all looked sounded and presented with this aim intact. Today the lion is in a cage at Warner Bros and Foxtel screens the films in the centre panel crippled by pan and scan only. I can hear the poor beast crying. ICE STATION ZEBRA is the MGM version of a James Bond film and succeeds in the experience offered above. On TV it is a compromised "TV show" and faults become so apparent that you might switch off. I suggest any chance to see this film on a large cinema screen will allow you to be swept up in the excitement of a pensive thriller. By the time we get to the location of the title, and the hilariously silly set made clearly of plastic icebergs and santasnow to see what seems to be a cold war picnic at the North Pole, you will be more aghast that the climax could be so shoddy and lame. It looks like a TV station Santa-set with fur parkas and guns instead of helpers. But, under the spell of the cinema, belief is suspended and the film succeeds. On TV you start wondering why there is no frosty breath and warm heads under beanies.


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