Ice Cold in Alex

Ice Cold in Alex

J Lee Thompson (1958)

PG Certificate


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.


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

Capt Anson John Mills
Sister Diane Murdoch Sylvia Syms
Capt Van der Poel Anthony Quayle
MSM Pugh Harry Andrews
Sister Denise Norton Diane Clare
Capt Crosbie Richard Leech
Brigadier Liam Redmond
British officer Peter Arne
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray