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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
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A number of characters who appear in this movie were not in the Alistair MacLean source novel, of the same name. Included were; First Lieutenant Russell Walker (played by Tony Bill; Soviet agent and defector Boris Vaslov (played by Ernest Borgnine). See more »
Submarines are always referred to as boats. Rock Hudson and other members of the cast frequently refer to their sub as a ship, but a true submariner would never do this. See more »
Where were you stationed, Captain, before you were picked up in transit?
Capt. Leslie Anders:
Ah, then you haven't been on the ice before either.
Capt. Leslie Anders:
No, Sir. A bullet goes just as fast up here as it does down there.
Not quite. An insignificant difference, perhaps, but I think you'll find the operational characteristics of the M-16 indicate that a bullet will decelerate as much as 40 feet per second per second faster in these climate conditions. It's denser air, you know.
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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.
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