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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Ice Cold in Alex





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The British Ice Cold in Alex was released in the US as Desert Attack. John Mills stars as Captain Anson, a grumbling alcoholic sent on a WW2 mission to Alexandria. Travelling to his destination by ambulance, Anson becomes acquainted with his fellow passengers, nurses Sister Diane Murdoch (Sylvia Syms) and Sister Denise Norton (Mary Clare) and South African officer Captain Van Der Poel (Anthony Quayle). One of these worthies is a German spy-and only two of the passengers will survive until the fade-out. For its American release, Ice Cold in Alex was not only given a new title, but was also trimmed from 132 minutes to 79.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: T.J. Morrison, Christopher Landon, Chistopher Landon
In Theaters:
Associated British Picture Corporation


John Mills
as Captain Anson
Anthony Quayle
as Captain van der Poel
Sylvia Syms
as Sister Murdoch
Harry Andrews
as M.S.M. Pugh
Diane Clare
as Sister Denise Norton
Richard Leech
as Capt. Crosbie
Liam Redmond
as Brigadier
Peter Arne
as British Officer
David Lodge
as CMP Captain
Allan Cuthbertson
as Staff Officer
Michael Nightingale
as C.M.P. Captain
Basil Hoskins
as C.M.P. Lieutenant
Walter Gotell
as 1st German Officer
Frederick Jaeger
as 2nd German Officer
Richard Marner
as German Guard
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a rousing old fashioned adventure set in ww2 north africa. more character driven than most war films and very british. good show. be sure to get the brit version if u can as i think a good 45 mins were cut for the american release aka desert attack.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Once more desert war movies do not disappoint. This one manages the feat to e tough as nail and very humane at the same time. The characters make the film, maybe even more so than the fight against the environment, it's observing the relationship between these men and women that really makes for the interest of the film. Yes it is a time of war and yes they are in some of the most demanding conditions possible but ultimately what matters is that they are a group of human beings and really the film could be set today in an office, you wouldn't change a thing (well except the tendency of the male stars to get half naked every ten minutes).

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