Ice Station Zebra

Directed By: John Sturges Starring: Rock Hudson

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Cold War Classic

on 12/19/2007

I remember seeing this in theaters during the space race with Russia and all the tension of the late 60's. This movie is a must for your classic collection. Great actors,an NFL icon and super musical score take this movie to the top level. Read More

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Set against the eerie snowscape of the artic north, ice station zebra guards a secret that will change the balance of world power.


Studio Warner
SKU 40700241
UPC 012569524828
UPC 14 00012569524828
Format DVD
Release Date 9/27/2005
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note John Sturges's adaptation of Alistair MacLean's novel stars Rock Hudson as submarine commander James Ferraday. When a weather-monitoring station near the North Pole is nearly destroyed by fire, he's ostensibly sent to find out what went wrong. But since he's been ordered to bring along Capt. Leslie Anders (Jim Brown) and a platoon of Marines, British agent David Jones (Patrick McGoohan), and Russian defector Boris Vaslov (Ernest Borgnine), he realizes he's being kept in the dark about the true nature of the mission. Eventually it becomes clear that the USS Tigerfish is in a race with a Russian sub to recover reconaissance film crucial to national defense that was being carried aboard a spacecraft that crashed near the polar ice cap. When the sub is sabotaged--causing it to sink perilously close to a depth that would lead to an explosion--it becomes clear that a double agent is on board, but Ferraday doesn't have enough evidence to arrest anyone. Although the film is often remembered as the one chosen for ad nauseam viewing by Howard Hughes, it's a well-made combination of action and suspense, boasting a fine score by Michel Legrand.
Plot Summary
Summary This exciting cold war action-adventure film focuses on an American sub commander who is ordered to a desolate outpost at the North Pole and there becomes involved in a deadly struggle with the Soviet military.
Los Angeles Times "[An] exciting 1968 popcorn flick." 01/09/2005 p.E14
Uncut "[A] Cold War thriller that relies on claustrophobic tension." 06/01/2005 p.148
John Sturges
Rock Hudson
Cast & Crew
Alistair MacLean - Based On Novel By
Daniel L. Fapp - Cinematographer
Douglas Heyes - Screenplay
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Ferris Webster - Editor
Jim Brown - Actor
John Sturges - Director
Lloyd Nolan - Actor
Martin Ransohoff - Producer
Michel Legrand - Original Music By
Patrick McGoohan - Actor
Rock Hudson - Actor
Ted Hartley - Actor
Tony Bill - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 65248
UPC 00012569524828
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 149 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Oscar (1969) Daniel L. Fapp, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Hal Millar, et al., Nominee, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hudson,Rock
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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