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Ice Station Zebra Details


A top-secret Soviet spy satellite -- using stolen Western technology -- malfunctions and then goes into a descent that lands it near an isolated Arctic research encampment called Ice Station Zebra, belonging to the British, which starts sending out distress signals before falling silent. The atomic submarine Tigerfish, commanded by Cmdr. James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), is dispatched with orders to get to Ice Station Zebra carrying three passengers, a Englishman going by the name of David Jones (Patrick McGoohan), a Soviet turncoat named Boris Vaslov (Ernest Borgnine), and an American Marine officer, Captain Anders (Jim Brown), who is supposed to command the Marine unit assigned to the mission. Jones is problem enough, as he is in command of the mission and he prefers to withhold as much information as it's possible to do from Ferraday, even at the risk of the Tigerfish's safety. Add to that the fact that Anders is suspicious of Vaslov, and Vaslov seems much too inquisitive and is telling even less of what he knows about the mission, and Ferraday has his hands full trying to get these men to the polar ice -- 600 miles of dangerous travel -- in just two days. When an attempt to break through the ice -- coupled with some timely sabotage -- kills one man and nearly destroys the boat, the men surrounding these contending parties start to understand just how high the stakes are for everyone. It turns out that the Soviets want what was aboard that satellite as much as the West does; indeed, both sides are frantic to get it, and, just as much, to keep the other side from getting it -- and they're prepared to take it by brute force. Once Ferraday and his men arrive at Zebra, they find a disaster and still more mystery, with most of the men dead and the object that Mr. Jones is supposed to secure nowhere in evidence, and he and his two fellow men of mystery suddenly showing their killing instincts quite freely. And with the storm clearing from the Soviet side first, their planes and their paratroops are closing in on Ferraday, and his relative handful of men. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Release date:October 23, 1968


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel L. Fapp Best Cinematography 1968 Nominee


Rock Hudson
as Cmdr. James Ferraday
Ernest Borgnine
as Boris Vaslov
Patrick McGoohan
as David Jones
Jim Brown
as Capt. Leslie Anders
Tony Bill
as Lt. Russell Walker
Lloyd Nolan
as Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin
as Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald O'Loughlin
as Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley
as Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose
as Lt. George Mills
Ron Masak
as Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price
as Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lee Stanley
as Lt. Mitgang
John Orchard
as Survivor
Jonathan Lippe
as Russian Aide
Ted Kristian
as Wassmeyer
Boyd Berlind
as Bruce Kentner
David Wendel
as Cedric Patterson
Craig Shreeve
as Gafferty
Wade Graham
as Parker
Michael Rougas
as Fannovich
Jed Allan
as Peter Costigan
Buddy Garion
as Edward Rawlins
T.J. Escott
as Lt. Carl Mingus
Buddy Hart
as Hill
Gary Downey
as Lorrison
Don Newsome
as Timothy Hirsch
Bill Hillman
as Philip Munsey
James Dixon
as Earl McAuliffe
Jimmy Goodwin
as Survivor
James Dixon
as Earl McAuliffe


John Sturges
Martin Ransohoff
John Calley
Douglas Heyes
Alistair MacLean
Book Author
Daniel L. Fapp
Nelson Tyler
Michel Legrand
Composer (Music Score)
Michel Legrand
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ferris Webster
George W. Davis
Art Director
Addison Hehr
Art Director
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
Ralph Swartz
Special Effects
Earl McCoy
Special Effects
Clarence Slifer
Special Effects