Ice Cold in Alex

Ice Cold in Alex

J Lee Thompson (1958)

124min
PG Certificate
Mon 6 Jun 4:50pm - 7:25pm Film4
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Review

Our Score
This is the film in which John Mills swigs the most famous glass of beer in movie history. And how well he's earned it, having steered clear of the bottle, Axis troops and a minefield to bring an ambulance to safety after the fall of Tobruk in 1942. On board are second-in-command Harry Andrews, nurses Sylvia Syms and Diane Clare and Anthony Quayle's suspicious-acting South African, who bribes his way onto the ambulance with gin, threatening Mills's temper and temperance. Based on Christopher Landon's novel, itself inspired by the author's real-life wartime experiences, this is a straightforward but never simplistic tale of battling the odds. Director J Lee Thompson keeps the action tense enough to truly grip and every jolt felt in the vehicle's cabin will throw you to the edge of your armchair.

Summary

The crew and passengers of an ambulance become stranded in the Libyan desert and face a perilous journey back to civilisation. Leading the trek is an alcoholic army captain, who vows to remain sober until he has completed the task - but his resolve is threatened by a stranger they rescue who is secretly an enemy spy. Second World War drama, with John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews.

Cast & Crew

Captain Anson John Mills
Sister Diane Murdoch Sylvia Syms
Captain Van der Poel Anthony Quayle
MSM Pugh Harry Andrews
Sister Denise Norton Diane Clare
Captain Crosbie Richard Leech
Brigadier Liam Redmond
British officer Peter Arne
CMP captain David Lodge
Staff officer Allan Cuthbertson
German nurse Vivian Pickles
CMP captain Michael Nightingale
CMP lieutenant Basil Hoskins
First German officer Walter Gotell
Second German officer Frederick Jaeger
German guard Richard Marner
Barman Paul Stassino
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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