The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. NinjaRMM provides remote monitoring and management software that combines powerful functionality with a … However, the satellite also recorded all the Soviet missile sites as well. The atomic submarine Tigerfish, commanded by Cmdr. [17], There were no women in the cast. Commander James Ferraday, captain of the American nuclear attack submarine USS Tigerfish stationed at Holy Loch, Scotland, is ordered by an Admiral Garvey in Naval Intelligence, not an upline in the submarine service, to rescue the survivors, with confirming orders through regular channels to follow. The USS Dolphin, the pride of America’s nuclear fleet, is the only submarine capable of attempting the daring rescue of a British meteorological team trapped on a polar ice cap. Let our editors help you find what's trending and what's worth your time. On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during World War II, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency N.A.T.O. I love the way he seemed genuinely shaken after the "sabotage" act on the sub - drinking whisky-laden coffee with trembling hands. At one point, Hughes had it running on continuous loop at his home. In 1968 it was loosely adapted into a film of the same name. [13] By the time it was finished the cost had risen to $10 million. Due to a malfunction it ejected its film delivery capsule near Ice Station Zebra in the Arctic. You certainly won't regret watching it once. Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? [16] Other key roles were played by Jim Brown and Tony Bill, who signed a five-picture contract with Ransohoff,. In the movie, the drip cock was intentionally blocked with epoxy glue. After being summoned by Ferraday through a hole in the ice the Tigerfish erupts immediately adjacent to the camp. A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. Jones reveals to Ferraday that he's looking for a canister of film with immense Cold War implications. Ice Station Zebra received mixed reviews from critics. [13] After making four flop comedies in a row, Hudson had been keen to change his image; he had just made Seconds and Tobruk and Ice Station Zebra was an attempt to continue this. Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. He watched it. Other articles where Ice Station Zebra is discussed: John Sturges: Later films: Sturges then made Ice Station Zebra (1968), which featured an all-male cast (headed by Rock Hudson, Jim Brown, and Borgnine) on a submarine bound for an Arctic outpost as a Cold War crisis looms. In the March 1969 issue of Harper's Magazine, Robert Kotlowitz wrote: "... a huge production, one of those massive jobs that swallow us alive... For action it has crash dives, paratroopers, Russian spies, off-course satellites, and a troop of Marines, the average age of whom seems to be fourteen. The submarine sails beneath the thick Arctic pack ice but is unable to break through with its conning tower. USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. frequency, and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose. "It was the way Maclean wrote it," said Hudson. Ferraday suspects Vaslov, while Jones fingers Anders. Ice Station Zebra Associates is the name of a holding company used by Saul Goodman for tax evasion. George Davis, head of the art department at MGM, spent two years researching interior designs for the submarine. [24], The escalating production costs of this film, along with the poorly-received The Shoes of the Fisherman at the same time, led to the transfer of MGM President Robert O'Brien to Chairman of the Board, though he resigned that position in early 1969, after both films were released and failed to recoup their costs.[19]. And of course Number 6's dry sense of humour, and heroic deeds.And everyone else was pretty good too :) I know some of the scenery was obviously fake, but the sense of space across the ice flow, and the scenes of the sub trying to emerge from the ice were pretty impressive.Anyway, I bought this yesterday on DVD and it was £16 well spent.9/10. Jones and Vaslov start questioning a few hypothermic survivors about what happened. Addeddate 2020-07-12 20:02:20 Identifier ice.station.zebra.1968 Scanner Internet Archive HTML5 Uploader 1.6.4. plus-circle Add Review. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Publication date 1968 Topics 1968, Ice Station Zebra, War Films, Espionage, Feature Films Language English. In January 1967 MGM announced the film would be one of 13 movies it would make during the next year. Tigerfish completes the rescue of the civilians. Less popular was Marooned (1969), a slow and… Ferraday enters the hut and is alarmed at discovering Jones bloodied and unconscious, Anders riddled with half a dozen gunshots, and Vaslov unharmed, but appears to accept the Russian's story that Anders had attacked Jones, who in turn shot him. Paddy Chayefsky, who had just written The Americanization of Emily for Ransohoff, was hired to write the script. Review: "Tobruk" (1966) Starring Rock Hudson And George Peppard; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Edition, Movies Seen on Sony Movies Action Jones discovers a tracking device but is knocked out by Vaslov, a Soviet double-agent and the saboteur. There are beautiful abstract patterns made by the sub as it cuts its way through the North Sea, all the gleaming, meticulous, finely wrought, intricate machinery inside the sub, and huge chunks of mountainous ice hanging down from the roof of the ice cap like molars. The screenplay is by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, Harry Julian Fink, and W. R. Burnett, loosely based on MacLean's 1963 novel. They were picked up three days later by the B-17 using the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. After an area of thin ice is detected, the Tigerfish breaks through to the surface. Ferraday andhis crew, several unexpected arrivals with secret orders' and enough suspicions, suspense and twists to make Ice Station Zebra an engrossing espionage thriller. SHOWS. "[31], In the September/October 1996 issue of Film Comment, Director John Carpenter contributed to the magazine's long-running Guilty Pleasures feature. Ice Station Zebra received mixed reviews from critics. 2 Factual error: " Ice Station Zebra " is one of dozens of films which make the mistake of showing people carrying rifles such as M-16s with the magazines inserted. The song title is inspired by Ice Station Zebra, a 1963, Cold War era, thriller novel written by Scottish author, Alistair MacLean. Both Soviet and British agents were deployed to recover the capsule. "[33], As of August 2020, Ice Station Zebra holds a 47% "Rotten" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[34]. A lot. If this had been a routine Saturday-afternoon thriller, it might have been fun. [21] As he was making his television series The Prisoner during principal photography in Ice Station Zebra, McGoohan had the episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" re-written to have the mind of his character transferred into the body of another character. 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"[30] Thompson is referring to the fact that "In the era before VCRs, Howard Hughes would call the Las Vegas TV station he owned and order them to run a particular movie. A large force of Soviet paratroopers arrive and demand the film. HoloLens PC Mobile device Xbox 360 Trailer. [18], Filming began in June 1967. “ICE STATION ZEBRA” By Alistair MacLean. Its mission: rescue the imperiled members of weather outpost Ice Station Zebra. It currently holds a 36% "Rotten" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Action. Oh sorry - did I say "splendid" twice?? Audience Reviews for Ice Station Zebra Jan 06, 2011 Classic adventure based on a novel by Alistair Maclean. Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 Metrocolor Cold War era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges and starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. When the inner torpedo hatch is opened to load it, sea water rushes in flooding the compartment. [35] The story has parallels with the CIA's Project COLDFEET, which took place in May–June 1962. Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American brigadier general George Carnaby prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on. If the submarine party was sure that the film was there but could not locate it, why didn't they jut blow up that ice around the station so that everything would just sink to the bottom of the ocean never to be found? Steve Fenwick . Description. A teletype machine reveals media headlines claiming that a joint US-Soviet rescue has been successful, and that the "humanitarian mission" stands as a sterling example of peaceful cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union. A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. In the confusion, Vaslov tries to take the film but is wounded by Jones. Anders confronts Vaslov and the two men fight before the dazed Jones shoots and kills the American Captain. On arrival, they find the base heavily destroyed. After setting sail Captain Anders, a strict officer who takes command of the marines, and Boris Vaslov, a Russian defector and spy, an old comrade of Jones', are delivered by helicopter. The origin… "Ice Station Zebra" is a movie so flat and conventional that its three moments of interest are an embarrassment. Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 Metrocolor Cold War era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges and starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The film was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Daniel L. Fapp and presented in 70 mm Cineramain premiere engagements. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. John Sturges' Ice Station Zebra (1968) was an extremely long movie -- but not the longest he ever did; it just seemed that way. Ferraday, Vaslov, Jones, and the marine platoon set out for the weather station in a blizzard. Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy. He expressed disappointment that the special effects did not, in his opinion, live up to advance claims, comparing them unfavorably to the effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ice Station Zebra (1968) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The Conqueror, along with Ice Station Zebra, is said to be one of the films Hughes watched endlessly during his last years. It marked a return to MacLean's classic Arctic setting. A person approaches, guided by a homing beacon, while a second person secretly watches from nearby. [19], Ice Station Zebra was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Daniel L. Fapp. 1968 Ice Station Zebra. The film was a commercial success. A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya. Rent $2.99. It was shot by an advanced experimental camera designed by the British, which uses special film developed by the Americans, both of which technologies were stolen by the Soviets and sent it into orbit to photograph locations of American missile silos. Little can be wrung from them beyond that there was a fire and casualties in some sort of disaster. [26], At the time of the film's release Variety's brief review praised it, highlighting the performances: "Film’s biggest acting asset is McGoohan, who gives his scenes that elusive ‘star’ magnetism. SHOP. And best of all there is also some nice suspense and pacing for at least two-thirds of the movie's three-hour length. "Ice Station Zebra" is a 1968 Cold War spy film starring Rock Hudson. A satellite re-enters the atmosphere and ejects a capsule, which parachutes to the Arctic, near a British scientific weather station moving with the ice pack named Drift Ice Station Zebra, approximately 500 kilometres (320 mi) northwest of Station Nord, Greenland in the Arctic Ocean ice pack. He expected the film to cost around $5 million. Overview of Ice Station Zebra, 1968, directed by John Sturges, with Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, at Turner Classic Movies More. Ferraday orders him to give the film to the Soviets. As the United States and the Soviet Union face each other on the brink of global war, a state-of-the-art nuclear submarine sprints under the Arctic ice cap on a top-secret race to Ice Station Zebra. MUSIC. Tigerfish detects approaching Soviet aircraft. Ice Station Zebra (1968) Plot Synopsis. Ice Station Zebra is also a 1968, suspense and A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, prompting a security officer to act. The plot has parallels to events from April 1959 concerning Discoverer 2, a missing experimental U.S. Corona satellite capsule that inadvertently landed near Spitsbergen, Norway, in the Arctic Ocean on April 13. [22], Ice Station Zebra was not popular with audiences, losing substantial money. [20], During filming, Patrick McGoohan had to be rescued from a flooded chamber by a diver who freed his trapped foot, saving his life. It had a stellar cast that included top-draw names plus cool TV favorite Patrick McGoohan as a spy on a super-secret mission. WARNING: Spoilers. [23] It premiered at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on October 23, 1968 and opened to the public the following day. Critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Timesdescribed the film as "so flat and conventional that its three moments of interest are an embarrassment" and called it "a dull, … 'Ice Station Zebra' is a 1968 action film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. Navarone stars Gregory Peck and David Niven were initially attached to this film, with Peck as the sub commander and Niven as the British spy, plus Edmond O'Brien and George Segal in the other key roles. View the TCMDb entry for Ice Station Zebra (1968) Download Ice Station Zebra for free. For the novel, see, "USS Tigerfish" redirects here. His housekeepers claimed that he watched the movie more than 150 times. The film rights to the 1963 Alistair McLean novel were acquired the following year by producer Martin Ransohoff, who hoped to capitalize on the success of 1961's blockbuster adaptation a 1957 McLean novel into The Guns of Navarone,[5] Hollywood's #2 grossing picture that year. Ice Station Zebra - (Original Trailer) "A sub commander on a perilous mission must ferret out a Soviet agent on his ship in Ice Station Zebra (1968), starring Rock Hudson & Jim Brown." Just Released Everywhere! The screenplay is by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, Harry Julian Fink, and W. R. Burnett, loosely based on MacLean's 1963 novel. The canister is sent aloft by weather balloon for recovery by aircraft. James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), is dispatched to save them. CONTACT. A cold war race to the North pole for spy satellite film. For submerging and surfacing scenes, the Diesel-electric Guppy IA USS Blackfin (SS-322) was used, near Pearl Harbor. He is a most accomplished actor with a three-dimensional presence all his own. No distribution deal was set at that time, although Ransohoff’s Filmways, Inc. was said to have existing deals with both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Columbia Pictures. A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners. Alistair MacLean Arctic Chillers 4-Book Collection: Night Without End, Ice Station Zebra, Bear Island, … Ferraday instead orders a torpedo launched, to be detonated remotely, to fracture the ice. A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. John Sturges' Ice Station Zebra (1968) was an extremely long movie -- but not the longest he ever did; it just seemed that way. The film was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Daniel L. Fapp and presented in 70 mm Cinerama in premiere engagements. Jones concludes the Soviet agent slew the British, with some scientists dying by gunfire before the fire was set to cover the agent's tracks. Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. All Ferraday knows is what he is told, solely about the ice station holocaust. None. [3], Second unit cameraman John M. Stephens developed an innovative underwater camera system that successfully filmed the first continuous dive of a submarine, which became the subject of a documentary featurette, The Man Who Makes a Difference. Search for "Ice Station Zebra" on Amazon.com, Title: to Captain Ferraday, after speaking harshly to Lt . Brown, isolated by script to a suspicious personality, makes the most of it. Hudson comes across quite well as a man of muted strength. Its commander produces a detonator, and tells Ferraday he can explode the capsule, film and all, even inside the submarine, if the Americans try to leave with it. Submarine Support Facility Ballast Point, San Diego, California, USA. Hudson reportedly never went to another premiere. Pacific Theatres Also Owns the Cinerama Technology. On board are Cmdr. It also has Rock Hudson...Patrick McGoohan...Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, and enough others to field maybe three football teams. What Happens to It Now That the Chain Is Closing? John Sturges was borrowed from The Mirisch Company to direct.[9]. Stay up to date on Ice Station Zebra's latest announcements! The film was budgeted at $8 million. [15] In July, Ernest Borgnine replaced Harvey. Jones asserts it was no accident. Written by (Formerly Movies4Men), What's the Worst Possible Experience You Could Have in the Snow. Overview System Requirements Related. (1968). Walker. 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. We saw the ads, looked at the fancy Original Soundtrack album in the record bins, and were primed for something big. "[7] Ransohoff's company, Filmways, had a deal with MGM who to provide financing.[8]. As observers in both Russia and the USA watch closely, an orbiting spy satellite re-enters the atmosphere, parachuting down to a soft landing in the desolate Arctic wastes. The underwater scenes used a model of a Skate-class nuclear submarine. Nothing could distract me from that screen, not even several minutes of confused story-telling at the end of the film... Buy some popcorn and see the movie. Get unlimited DVD Movies & TV Shows delivered to your door with no … Use the HTML below. 42 of 54 people found this review helpful. Ice Station Zebra (1,423) IMDb 6.6 2 h 29 min 1968 X-Ray G Rock Hudson stars as an American nuclear submarine captain in a deadly race against the Soviets to find … In spring 1964, producer Martin Ransohoff optioned film rights to Alistair MacLean’s 1963 novel, Ice Station Zebra, an item in the 10 Apr 1964 DV reported. Ice Station Zebra is a 1963 thriller novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. Ice Station Zebra [6], "Our aim is to produce films that are both interesting and commercial," said Ransohoff. [11], Due to scheduling conflicts, the original cast was no longer available when filming began in the spring of 1967. "We are looking for stories that have something unique to say. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. HOME. Well, that sums up what I feel about this film. Filming was set to begin in April 1965, but scheduling conflicts and United States Department of Defense objections over Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay, because they felt it showed "an unfair distortion of military life" that would "damage the reputation of the Navy and its personnel"[10] delayed the start. BAND. Immediately afterwards distress calls begin to be broadcast from Ice Station Zebra. The fictional nuclear-powered submarine Tigerfish (SSN-509) was portrayed in the movie by the Diesel-electric Guppy IIA class sub USS Ronquil (SS-396) when seen on the surface. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. After Ferraday hands over an empty container, the deception is discovered and a brief firefight occurs. The Soviet colonel concedes that crucial parts of both he and Ferraday's missions are effectively accomplished, with no more of either yet attainable, and leaves. But it's been stretched out to roadshow length and loaded down with lots … Water entered at the rate of one ton per second and Thetis sank with the loss of 98 lives. After completing this novel, whose plot line parallels real-life events during the Cold War, MacLean retired from writing for three years. Available on. 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. [12] Rock Hudson had replaced Gregory Peck by February. [32] He included Ice Station Zebra on his list, asking "Why do I love this movie so much? Doctors Jo Wilson, April Kepner, and Andrew DeLuca share the episodes they think are essential to understanding their characters. [14] In June 1967, Laurence Harvey and Patrick McGoohan joined the cast as the Russian agent and British agent, respectively. In this operation, two American officers parachuted from a CIA-operated Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress to an abandoned Soviet ice station. View production, box office, & company info. Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. A new script was commissioned. "[27], In April 1969, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described it as "so flat and conventional that its three moments of interest are an embarrassment" and called it "a dull, stupid movie". [29]), Writing for TCM, Lang Thompson calls the film "a nifty thriller of spies, submarines and saboteurs that captivated no less a personage than Howard Hughes, who reportedly watched it hundreds of times. [1] The film earned theatrical rentals of $4.6 million domestically. He sets his crew to search for the capsule. Ice Station Zebra was a highly-anticipated action thriller. Rent Ice Station Zebra (1968) starring Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine on DVD and Blu-ray. The time is the late '60's, deep in the chill of the Cold War. The original music score is by Michel Legrand. A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. [28] (MGM pulled the hugely successful 2001: A Space Odyssey from Cinerama venues in order to make way for Ice Station Zebra. The extra weight forward causes the submarine to nose dive, which is only arrested before the boat reaches crushing depth. Both have parallels to real-life events that took place in 1959. Was this review helpful to you? Both have parallels to real-life events that took place in 1959. [3] Principal photography lasted 19 weeks, ending in October 1967. 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