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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 11, 2005

Running Time
2 hours, 28 minutes

Country USA

Studio Filmways Pictures, MGM

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• Eisstation Zebra (1969)

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Genre: Action, Thriller, Suspense, Political, Spy, Sea, Cult Classic

Tagline: "Ice Station Zebra"... Remember The Name -- Your Life May Depend On It!

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
John Sturges
The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bad Day at Black Rock
 Written by
Alistair MacLean
Where Eagles Dare, The Guns of Navarone, Breakheart Pass
Rock Hudson
Giant, Pillow Talk, Winchester '73
Ernest Borgnine
Gattaca, Escape from New York, The Wild Bunch
Patrick McGoohan
Braveheart, A Time to Kill, Escape from Alcatraz
Jim Brown
Mars Attacks!, Any Given Sunday, The Running Man
Lee Stanley
Street Pirates, Dream Chasers, Desperate Passage
Tony Bill
Barb Wire, Less Than Zero, Shampoo
Lloyd Nolan
Hannah and Her Sisters, Airport, Earthquake
 Music By
Michel Legrand
Never Say Never Again, Prêt-à-Porter, Atlantic City

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