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Ice Cold In Alex

Released on 29 January 2007

Featuring: John Mills, Sylvia Syms & Anthony Quayle

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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A tense, engrossing adventure set in the 1942 Libyan war zone in the hot Western Desert. A British ambulance officer (John Mills) escapes the siege in Tobruk and tries desperately to get his passengers to safety in Alexandria, where he dreams he will have the luxury of an 'ice cold' glass of beer. His passengers include a stranded hospital nurse, a Sergeant-Major and a stray South African Officer, trying to return to his unit. Despite saving the group from the Germans, something is not quite right about the last passenger. As he begins to undermine the group's stamina using psychological tactics, the British officer begins to suspect he might be a German spy...

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 Classic British Cinema

| | See all tinuviel's reviews (5)

I judge a good film by the number of times I want to and, do watch it. This one gets an airing at least once a year.

John Mills leads a brilliant cast who are brought together in a military ambulance as they try to escape Rommel's advance on Tobruk.
They have to drive across the desert to Alexandria meeting German patrols, experiencing vehicle problems and fighting natures elements of danger.

Mills plays a tired army captain whose nerves are shattered by the war and has turned to drink.
Harry Andrews is the mechanic and displays enormous calmness as he nurses a failing vehicle in the middle of the desert.
Quayle appears as a mysterious South African who gets picked up along the way.
Sylvia Sims flashes her eyes at Mills like Princess Diana.

Has one of the classic endings to any film.

There are no special effects; it's in black & white; it relies on good acting. Watch it.

 Man,that was good!!

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This is one of my favourite films of all time.It is a war film,but at the same time is isn't.You're always reminded of the war,but it's more a case of a group of people trying to survive against the elements with a traitor in their midst thrown in whilst this huge conflict goes on around them.Also,even though it's in B & W,it is still visually stunning to look at.
A classic...
Is it me,or is Sylvia Syms pretty hot in this!?

 Mine's a pint

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One of the best war movies ever made. A cracking good story with a great cast (I'd always pick Harry Andrews in MY team!), and a classic ending, which I'm happy to say on John Mills' behalf, was not done in one take.
Terrific, superb, fantastic, watch it on a hot summers day (if we ever get one) with your central heating turned up full blast and swaddled in your winter thermals and you'll get a good feel for the film. That's enough from me, I'm off to the fridge.

 "I promise you an ice cold beer in alex..."

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Black and white cinema at it's best. This is not a typical war film as there is hardly any action, but instead, it portrays the desperate situation John Mills finds himself in, struggling with his ambulance in the middle of a red, hot Libyan desert. The desire for an ice cold beer is felt by the audience, especially where the sweat drips down the grafting faces of the characters in lush black and white cinematography. One of the most iconic scenes of the film is Antony Quales' hero or villain character where he takes the whole weight of the ambulance on his shoulders and the crackling of the rocks is distinctive. This is truely one of the best war films made to date.

 This is black and white at it's best.

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This is a great B&W film, highly recommended and with what must be "probably the best ending in the world ever"

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ActorsJohn Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, Richard Leech, Peter Arne, Walter Gotell & Michael Nightingale
DirectorJ. Lee Thompson
CertificatePG
Year1958
Screen16:9
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
Duration2 hours and 10 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.