Ice Station Zebra (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ice Station Zebra (1968)




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Russian and American rescue personnel are sent to recover a spacecraft marooned on an ice flow in the frigid North Pole. Submarine Commander Ferraday (Rock Hudson) is ordered to find the spacecraft that is sending out distress signals. On board are Russian expatriate Boris Vaslov (Ernest Borgnine), British secret agent David Jones (Patrick McGoohan), and American Marine Captain Anders (Jim Brown). The nuclear submarine travels at an outrageous speed to beat the Russians to the spacecraft. On board the fallen capsule contains information and film vital to the national defense of both countries, who try to gain the upper hand in the Cold War. As American Admiral Garvey (Lloyd Nolan) watches and waits, the crew tries to make their way to the spacecraft before it can fall into enemy hands. A plot twist reveals a double agent, adding to the suspense of this underwater adventure drama. A retired Navy captain was hired as expert technical advisor to the feature; in addition, the technical language of the crew aboard the sub was carefully screened for accuracy. Ice Station Zebra was the favorite movie of billionaire Howard Hughes, who would obsessively watch the feature repeatedly in his Las Vegas hotel.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Julian Fink, Douglas Heyes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


Rock Hudson
as Cmdr. James Ferraday
Ernest Borgnine
as Boris Vaslov
Patrick McGoohan
as David Jones
Jim Brown
as Capt. Leslie Anders
Tony Bill
as Lt. Russell Walker
Alf Kjellin
as Ostrovsky
Ron Masak
as Paul Zabrinczski
Lee Stanley
as Lt. Mitgang
Sherwood Price
as Lt. Edgar Hackett
Joseph E. Bernard
as Dr. Jack Benning
Joe Bernard
as Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard
as Survivor
James Goodwin
as Survivor
Michael T. Mikler
as Lt. Courtney Cartwri...
Jonathan Lippe
as Russian Aide
James Dixon
as Earl McAuliffe
Ted Kristian
as Wassmeyer
Boyd Berlind
as Bruce Kentner
David Wendel
as Cedric Patterson
Ronnie Rondell Jr.
as Lyle Nichols
Craig Shreeve
as Gafferty
Michael Rougas
as Fannovich
Jed Allan
as Peter Costigan
Buddy Garion
as Edward Rawlins
T.J. Escott
as Lt. Carl Mingus
Gary Downey
as Lorrison
Don Newsome
as Timothy Hirsch
Bill Hillman
as Philip Munsey
Dennis Alpert
as Gambetta
Jimmy Goodwin
as Survivor
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Critic Reviews for Ice Station Zebra

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

February 8, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An uncharacteristically weak thriller-actioner from the talented director John Sturges.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013

Hokey but lavishly filmed submarine spy drama.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Ice Station Zebra


I don't usually like military submarine type movies, but I actually enjoyed this one. The special effects are cool, the story is good and understandable, and I loved McGoohan in this movie, he was awesome. I really liked this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Classic adventure based on a novel by Alistair Maclean. A stellar cast, non-stop action and intrigue and marvelous visuals and sets - the star of which is the tilting submarine inards. One bit always annoys me - the stock footage of Phantom jets pretending to be Migs but its a petty gripe about what is one of my favourite films.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer


A stellar cast, yet the story is oddly spiltted in two episodes who feel a bit disconnected. A shame though because both had potential on their own. Anyway, a good and surprisingly realistic movie.

If you are into classic movies, submarines and cold war this one is for you.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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