Ice Station Zebra (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Ice Station Zebra (1968)




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John Sturges' adventure of Cold War supremacy pits an American nuclear submarine crew against their Soviet counterparts in a race to retrieve a Russian satellite lost under a polar ice cap.

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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
John Orchard
as Survivor
James Goodwin
as Survivor
Michael T. Mikler
as Lt. Courtney Cartwright
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
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 (14) | Top Critics (2)

A fairly tight, exciting, Saturday night adventure story that suddenly goes all muddy in its crises, so that at two crucial points, it is very difficult to know what is going on, or who knows what about it. It doesn't make much difference, though.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

If this had been a routine Saturday-afternoon thriller, it might have been fun. But it's been stretched out to roadshow length and loaded down with lots of gimmicks to conceal the thinness of the story.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

February 14, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Hokey but lavishly filmed submarine spy drama.

August 16, 2012 | Full Review…

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

December 27, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

June 12, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Ice Station Zebra


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
The Shrewlord

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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