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Still Great After All These Years,
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This review is from: Ice Cold In Alex [DVD] (DVD)
When this film was first released in Hong Kong in the late 50's,
it received good reviews.
My father used to like this type of film and he took me to the
cinema for this film.
All I could remember was group of men in the desert and the
final scene in the bar.
I bought the dvd from Amazon.UK and viewed the film recently
after over 50 years.
This black & white WWII British film remains a taut, well-directed
and acted film that has not aged.
John Mills played a troubled officer, Harry Andrew as his reliable
fellow soldier, the lovely Sylvia Syms as a nurse who came along
for the ride and Anthony Quayle as a shady South African the group
met along the way.
The film was directed by Lee J. Thompson who went on to direct
"Guns of Navarone" and many other hits in Hollywood.
One of the great asset of the film was location filming in Lybia,
the actual background of the story.
The set piece driving the truck up a sand dune recalls Werner
Herzog's dragging a boat over a hill in "Fitcarraldo".
And of course, the finale as the group finally made it to a bar in
Alexandria after their long and arduous track for a cold glass of
It remains a flawless classic war film, unless you want to be picky-
there's no frost on the beer glasses in the seemingly hot Alexandria