Ice Station Zebra

Ice Station Zebra

John Sturges (1968)

U Certificate


Our Score
For a time, the action in this Cold War thriller, based on the Alistair MacLean novel, is as frozen stiff as the title, as a far-off polar outpost becomes a magnet for Russian and American forces out to recover some satellite photographs. Then it thaws into activity, mainly because Patrick McGoohan's British agent arrives on the scene to stir Rock Hudson out of his cryogenic slumber. McGoohan is very welcome, Ernest Borgnine overacts unrestrainedly, and the then popular though now rather clichéd MacLean original is given a steady treatment by director John Sturges, who also filmed another MacLean title, The Satan Bug, to slightly better effect.


An American atomic submarine commander races against time to reach a Soviet spy satellite that has crash-landed near a British research station in the Arctic - before Russian troops arrive to stake their claim to it. Adventure based on Alistair MacLean's novel, starring Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Tony Bill and Patrick McGoohan.

Cast & Crew

Commander James Ferraday Rock Hudson
Boris Vaslov Ernest Borgnine
David Jones Patrick McGoohan
Captain Leslie Anders Jim Brown
Lt Russell Walker Tony Bill
Admiral Garvey Lloyd Nolan
Colonel Ostrovsky Alf Kjellin
Lt Commander Bob Raeburn Gerald S O'Loughlin
Lt Jonathan Hansen Ted Hartley
Lt George Mills Murray Rose
Paul Zabrinczski Ron Masak
Lt Edgar Hackett Sherwood Price
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD