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Ice Cold in Alex [DVD] [1958]

John Mills , Anthony Quayle , J. Lee Thompson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews, Diane Clare
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Christopher Landon, T.J. Morrison
  • Producers: W.A. Whittaker
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6YN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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John Mills stars in this war story set after the fall of Tobruk in World War II. Two English army officers (John Mills and Harry Andrews) and two young nurses (Sylvia Syms and Diane Clare) are driving an ambulance through occupied North Africa to Alexandria. Along the way they pick up a South African officer (Anthony Quayle), and more than once avoid capture and death while crossing the German lines. However, as the South African officer begins to undermine their confidence, they gradually come to suspect him of being a German spy.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic wartime adventure 1 Aug 2004
This is a terrific story of courage and endurance in the desert during WW2. John Mills (with terrible dyed blonde hair) is a British ambulance officer with a drink problem, who escapes the seige of Tobruk and has to get his passengers safely to Alexandria. With him is a stalwart sergeant (Harry Andrews) a mysterious South African (Anthony Quayle) and a gorgeous nurse (Sylvia Sims). This simple yet gripping story follows their struggles to get to Alexandria, evading capture by Germans. All the performances are first rate. The film contains what is for me, the most agonising scene in any movie. It's the excruciating moment when they've spent hours painfuly pushing the ambulance up a mountain of sand, and Syliva Sims unwittingly lets go of the crank and the amublance slides all the way down to the bottom again. I just die with mortification for her every time I see this scene, I am just SO sorry for her, and the men are all so NICE about it, which makes it even worse. And then of course there's that completely and utterly memorable scene at the end where they're in the bar in Alex and finally get their ice-cold beers. It really is worth waiting for. Marvellous film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stiff upper lips in the best tradition 21 May 2003
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A very straightforward and admirable story of triumph against adversity, set in the inhospitable North African Desert in World War 2. John Mills plays a British Army Captain ordered to evacuate from Tobruk just before it falls to the Germans, and make his way to Alexandria (Alex) in a battered military ambulance. He picks up a motley crew of an experienced sergeant, (Harry Andrews), a nurse (Sylvia Sims) and a mysterious South African (Anthony Quayle) who is not what he seems. The story of their trials and tribulations as they fight both the Germans and the harsh desert is fairly simple. What makes the film is the interplay between the characters. Eventually they triumph, spurred on by the thought of an ice-cold Carlsberg in the Alex officers' club. Not a great film, but certainly worth watching. And once you've seen it, the Carlsberg ad from the mid 1980's will suddenly make sense. In black and white, which doesn't detract at all. And watch for a cameo performance from the actor who later makes a career of playing foreign colonels in films such as The Guns of Navarone and the James Bond series. I saw him once in Lulworth Cove where his family runs a brick-making business - it will probably come up in Trivial Pursuit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human decency 1, Insanity of war 0 17 Feb 2006
This is not the usual 1950s sort of 'big' WWII story full of perfectly heroic good guys and perfectly villainous bad guys. Instead of the usual stereotypes, there are complex individuals who start off reserved strangers and gradually build up trust and friendship. A hero is allowed weaknesses and a villain can be heroic. The North Africa campaign is going badly for the allies. The Germans are about to besiege Tobruk and so the Brits must move out. Captain Anson and Sergeant Pugh of the military ambulance service have been ordered to take their ambulance and leave. Everything goes wrong from the start. Because a bridge is blown up before they are able to cross, they find themselves isolated on the wrong side. And with two nursing sisters to get to safety they are forced to take a difficult and dangerous route across the desert in order to reach Alexandria on the coast of Egypt. They encounter a South African who introduces himself as Captain Van Der Poel and persuades them to let him join them. To start with, his contribution to their efforts seems a mixed blessing. He's one of those brash, domineering types who doesn't like to waste time on prudence and caution so he soon gets into trouble in a mine field. He also seems to be carrying a large quantity of gin which he shares generously with Captain Anson. Poor Anson has developed a serious drink problem as a result (probably) of what they refer to nowadays as 'post traumatic stress'. One of the nurses, Sister Norton, seems to be suffering the same kind of stress, but she is driven to hysteria by those terrors that cause Anson to hit the bottle. The only solidly uncomplicated characters are Sergeant Pugh and Sister Murdock. Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional film 16 May 2005
By A Customer
A classic film by any definition, and I am hoping it will eventually be available in Canada. I first saw it on UK TV back in the sixties and the performances from this superb cast are second to none.
The simply stunning Sylvia Syms shines as a British Army Nurse who is an integral part of this tightly knit team on an almost impossible quest to reach Alexandria. The tension never lets up until they finally reach Alex and those legendary ice cold beers; yet even here there is a final plot twist which adds even more power to the climax of this masterpiece of British cinema.
Take me now, Sylvia...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 14 Sep 2013
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an excellent film of this genre, sets man against the elements and sees will power and tenacity overcome the odds. Just as ordered, very satisfied.
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