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Ice Cold in Alex

7.82 h 10 min1961PG
After a German invasion a British ambulance crew are forced to evacuate their base but become separated from the rest of their unit. Somehow they must make it to Alexandria, but how?
J. Lee Thompson
John MillsSylvia SymsAnthony Quayle
English [CC]
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Harry AndrewsDiane Clare
W. A. Whittaker
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4.8 out of 5 stars

1098 global ratings

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J. C. McdermottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic In The True Sense Of The Word.
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This has to be one of my favorite films.
A story that moves along at a good pace with only a handful of characters throughout.
Brilliantly acted by all.
If you've managed NOT to see this then do give it a try. It's a war film, without the war and is more about comrades struggling against the sands, heat and thirst in order to get to their final destination.
The word "CLASSIC" is thrown around all to easily these days just like the word "Celebrity". But this movie is a Classic, in the true sense of the word.
What's not to like.
27 people found this helpful
AeschylusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than Dessert !!
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Iconic, desert war saga, featuring John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, & with the beautiful Silvia Sims & Diane Clare.
Of course, there are a plethora of fine supporting international actors, too, but the main run of this film focuses on the small group mentioned - crossing the deserts of North Africa in a military ambulance - the drama & intrigue are played-out beautifully by this stalwart group - elements within same, demonstrating their strengths (& weaknesses) in some of the harshest conditions any individual may come to encounter. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the story line is as arid as the environment the characters find themselves in, but no, it is what makes this a classic piece of cinematography coupled with stellar performances from all concerned, & of course, a certain German beer company capitalised on the close-out scene of the film - the brand clearly telegraphs one of the best pieces of PR ever to be shot in a movie. If you've never seen this, then I would advise you to pick up a copy - it's very reasonably priced, & you won't be disappointed; it transcends the usual wartime drama, offering a decent insight into how (all) who fought in the North African campaigns of WWII suffered the trials & tribulations of a gruelling theatre.
13 people found this helpful
A. W. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Not to be confused with the 60th Anniversary Blu Ray, tho I suspect they are much the same. This BLu Ray is a marvellous transfer, crisp picture and sound with good English subtitles and extras. You should watch the Sylvia Sims interview. Priceless.The film is nearly 2 1/2 hours long and not a minute is wasted. All 4 principals suffer for their art. Most of it filmed on location and very unpleasant it looks too (and do listen to what Sylvia says). I am a bit surprised we are still seeing the censored scene with Mills and Syl - surely it must exist. Mills was also very brave to be cast opposite 2 of our biggest actors in Quayle and Andrews.I must just finish by saying what a truly vibrant beautiful actress was Sylvia Sims. Here at her best. A great film, well acted, written and directed. Recomended
9 people found this helpful
Four VioletsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One to watch again
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I have been aware of this film for decades but had never seen it, I decided to try it because of all the positive reviews. Well, it had me gripped from the beginning, I didn't notice after a while that it was in black and white, and it was amazing to think it came out when I was four years old.
The almost impossible journey across the desert to Alexandria ("Alex") and the gradual bonding of the captain (John Mills), sergeant major (Harry Andrews), nurse (Sylvia Syms) and South African officer (or is he) (Anthony Quayle) and all the challenges they must overcome, is a classic. Anthony Quayle's hilarity at the other's misfortunes is catching, and it's impossible not to like and admire him, but I was irritated at the nurse chasing the captain, when the sergeant major was so lovely!
It brilliantly captures an era of pluck, stiff upper lip, determination, and class.
One to watch again, I think
8 people found this helpful
Brandy788Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Masterwork
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It is one of the most amazing and timeless British films ever made. I would rank it equal to Bridge on the River Kwai or Laurence of Arabia. There are too many moments of drama, poignancy and courage to list, so I will avoid that type of review. From start to finish, not a moment of screen time is wasted. And of course, the final 15 minutes may be some of the best examples of friendship and humanity in otherwise overwhelming advesrsity ever filmed. I have seen this film maybe ten times over the years and I still watch it at least once every year.
5 people found this helpful
Tom LauridsenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent film
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This film is excellent. What makes a German spy change his view about his enemy in the Libyan desert. The hardship both the English and the German share makes them understand eachother, so that the war might stop. The nazis made an effort to demonize the English, but they only succeeded to some extend, and many German soldiers realized, that what they were told, was in fact a lie given to them by The nazi leadership in Berlin. Many children of the nazi officers did in fact oppose to the way Hitler tried to change Germany. These children became "Baader-Meinhof fighters" who terrorized Europe in the 70ies. And during the war with opposition in Munich, "Die Weisse Rose". They were executed for writing pamflets!
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MikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent classic WW2 movie.
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They don't make em like this anymore. Its almost like they filmed the event as it actually happened. Based on a true story of getting an ambulance across the desert in WW2 and how they overcome all the obstacle's in their way. Brilliant movie starring John Mills. Gripping story sure to keep you glued to the screen. You too may well be thirsty when you get to the end of the film.
6 people found this helpful
douglas lindsayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A war story with virtually no violence
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Ice Cold in Alex is one of the defining war movies, four assorted people against the North African desert determined to survive and get back to Egypt, to the comforts of a British view of life. The 2018 re-issue, technically brought up to date and sharp throughout, does justice to this seminal film - it would be very interesting to see a director's cut version with the scenes and dialogue removed by the censor, restored to give extra depth and reality to the story.
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