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Academy Award-winning Cold War thriller based on Alister MacLean's bestseller stars Rock Hudson as an American nuclear submarine captain in a deadly race against the Soviets to find a downed satellite beneath the polar ice cap. All-star cast includes Ernest Borgnine (TV's "McHale's Navy," "Marty," "The Poseidon Adventure"), Patrick McGoohan (TV's "The Prisoner"), and football legend Jim Brown ("Mars Attacks!," "The Dirty Dozen"). Directed by John Sturges ("The Great Escape").
Good Cold War thriller
Radio contact with a western scientific research station on the Arctic ice (hence the title) is lost, and due to bad weather, no aeroplanes can fly there to investigate. Coincidentally, a Soviet communications satellite has re-entered the atmosphere off-course, & landed near the base. A race is on between Nato and the Soviets to reach Ice Station Zebra & the satellite, to unlock it's secrets. Commander Ferraday (Rock Hudson), captain of the USS Tigerfish, a nuclear submarine, is detailed to transport British secret agent Mr.Jones (Patrick McGoohan), and Russian defector Boris Vaslov (Ernest Borgnine) to the scene with all speed. Curious & deadly incidents occur on the way, raising the tension before a showdown between the Americans & Soviet paratroopers on the ice. From a book by Alistair MacLean, this is decent fare. McGoohan is good as always, and Borgnine reasonable as a Russian. Jim Brown, the former American football player is also good as the by-the-book Marine Corps officer, Capt.Anders. In the past, this film has suffered from critics panning Rock Hudson's uptight acting style in the film, but given our perception of senior US military commanders, I reckon he plays the role well.
Bit of a disappointment
I read the book befor I watched this and I must say having loved the book I was willing to watch the film. It was a complete let down. The special FX are truely shocking and they miss out on some of the best parts of the story line, If they can make "Where Eagles Dare" (another one of Mcleans books) into an epic film then they could've done the same with this but they failed.