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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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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Cdr. James Ferraday
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Capt. Leslie Anders
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Lt. Russell Walker
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Admiral Garvey
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Col. Ostrovsky
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Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley ...
Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose ...
Lt. George Mills
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Paul Zabrinczski
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Lt. Edgar Hackett
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Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard ...
Dr. Jack Benning
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Eisstation Zebra  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.20 : 1
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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 was recovered by Soviet intelligence agents after it crashed near Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean. 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 »

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After the Rolls Royce leaves the airfield early in the movie, it is seen driving on a mountain road. In different shots the car is shown driving on both the right and left sides of the road, probably because some of the film was reversed during editing. See more »

Quotes

1st Lt. Russell Walker: It's just... none of us have ever been aboard a submarine before.
Cmdr. Ferraday: Rest easy. I have.
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Edited into Fer-de-Lance (1974) See more »

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Overture
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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A Ripping Good Cold War Yarn
11 December 1999 | by (Westbrook, ME) – See all my reviews

This movie is a FAR better and more believable story than any of the cold-war James Bond pictures of the same period. All of the actors involved here are at the top of their game, especially Rock Hudson, who portrays a nuclear submarine captain as if he was born to it.

A very believable story, well acted, with lots of action sequences interspersed with tightly-delivered dialog. Ice Station Zebra moves along at a crisp pace, and builds to a gripping climax.

This movie is NOT to be missed if you like nuclear submarines, cold-war epics, or just well-acted and written movies in general.


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