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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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A top-secret Soviet spy satellite -- using stolen Western technology -- malfunctions and then goes into a descent that lands it near an isolated Arctic research encampment called Ice Station Zebra, belonging to the British, which starts sending out distress signals before falling silent. The atomic submarine Tigerfish, commanded by Cmdr. James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), is dispatched with orders to get to Ice Station Zebra carrying three passengers, a Englishman going by the name of David Jones

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Douglas Heyes

Jan 11, 2005

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (9) | DVD (8)

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

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Hokey but lavishly filmed submarine spy drama.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A conventional Cold War thriller whose flatness keeps it from being as suspenseful as it should be.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Exciting murder-mystery directed by Sturges; Hudson and cast are great.

June 12, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Sadly, with the exception of 1972's Joe Kidd, Ice Station Zebra marked the end of John Sturges' career as an interesting, innovative director.

January 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Excellent old-style political thriller.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Ice Station Zebra

Ice Station Zebra is a great Cold War espionage thriller set in the clever confines of a US Submarine. It really does keep you guessing until the very last scene, I'm usually very good at predicting who the villein is but I got it wrong here. Even the simple premise of surfacing turns into an edge of your seat experience, thanks to John Sturges's masterful direction. The script is very sharp too, with each actors strengths very much in mind. Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan and Jim Brown put in impressive performances that really power the film through the confines and tricky situations of the story and the constraints that come with it.
February 18, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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.
December 11, 2010
ajv2688

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.
January 6, 2011
Shrewlord
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.
September 12, 2008
HenrikSchunk

Super Reviewer

    1. David Jones: The Russians put our camera made by *our* German scientists and your film made by *your* German scientists into their satellite made by *their* German scientists.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Cmdr. James Ferraday: We operate on a first-name basis. My first name is Captain.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. David Jones: I once killed a man called Jones. Though not for that reason, of course.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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