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Ice Cold in Alex

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1958
  • J Lee Thompson
  • 124 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring John Mills, Sylvia Syms and Anthony Quayle. Libya 1942: an army officer with a drink problem leads a small party in an ambulance on a hazardous cross-desert journey to Alexandria.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain AnsonJohn Mills
Sister Diane MurdochSylvia Syms
Captain Van der PoelAnthony Quayle
MSM PughHarry Andrews
Sister Denise NortonDiane Clare
Captain CrosbieRichard Leech
BrigadierLiam Redmond
British officerPeter Arne
CMP captainDavid Lodge
Staff officerAllan Cuthbertson
German nurseVivian Pickles
CMP captainMichael Nightingale
CMP lieutenantBasil Hoskins
First German officerWalter Gotell
Second German officerFrederick Jaeger
German guardRichard Marner
BarmanPaul Stassino

Crew

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DirectorJ Lee Thompson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Pathe Ltd
Released on
1958-06-27
Languages
English | German
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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