Ice Station Zebra (1968)

John Sturges directs Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan and Ernest Borgnine in this Cold War action thriller where a spy commandeers a submarine to beat the Russians to a fallen satellite in the frozen tundras of Greenland.

Often turgid. We meet all the principles during an event free pleasure cruise in a submarine. 90 minutes later we are waiting around a snow mobile service entry while all the double agents slowly reveal themselves. McGoohan has one of his trademark curt strops and throws some test tubes about. This is the content we want! Then the movie finale comes to life in the closing twenty minutes with a genuinely intense Mexican stand-off with the Russians. Until then a fine cast is wasted and the usually dependable Sturges is lost at sea.


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