This is a masterly example of how to make a film. The plot is simple, how to get an ambulance from behind enemy lines to safety, but it's given such force and power by the characters thrown together to achieve this. The alcoholic burnt out Captain, the solid Sergeant Major, the plucky nurse and the mysterious stranger. The performances are somewhat mannered by todays standards however they are all excellent, especially Harry Andrews (who rarely gets a mention) but who is the solid rock that holds the other characters together. Don't miss the original UK version, the shortened US version may be safely passed over. This film shows it is possible to make an interesting war film with hardly any violence.
Ice Cold in Alex (1958) 720p YIFY Movie
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.
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The Synopsis for Ice Cold in Alex (1958) 720p
A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria, but the problems just won't go away.
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One of strongest character driven war films ever.Reviewed byDoctorVote: 10/10
I read a review that made me join IMDb and post "this" review. My brother and I absolutely LOVE this movie. We have "Movie" nights at home in Sydney, Australia. Some of the classics like "Ice Cold In Alex" aka "Desert Attack". We also love old war movies like "The Long and The Short And The Tall", "The Hill", "Yesterdays Enemy"..just to name a few. You should see My brother and I watching the part of "Ice Cold In Alex" where Captain Van Der Pol is in desperate trouble...man we are on the edge of our seats...every time we watch it! And the end where they cheers, in the Canopus bar, My brother and I always put down our glasses at exactly the same time as Anson does....get a life I can hear you saying...man we love it. The atmosphere is brilliant, the acting superb and the story line well it's one of the best. I've personally watched Ice Cold In Alex about 30 times and I'll never stop watching it. Do yourself a favor check this one out....you can't go wrong. Enjoy!! Terry
I have an admission. I am 36. I saw this film when I was 14. I fell in love with Sylvia Sims at that point. I had a press shot of that final bar scene on my wall, and the look on her face has entranced me to this day. Saw her at my local theatre a few years back, and time has not lessened her beauty. My wife understands, and doesn't mock - after all, I could be ranting on about Girls Aloud ( grrr... Nicola ).
Anyhow, the film. It is a fantastic piece of cinema and does truly evoke the loneliness of the desert and the small things that can tip one over the edge. I read an article once about Rommel and the North African campaign where he came across a couple of wounded Tommies next to their wrecked APC. Whereas the SS would have (probably) shot them there and then, Rommel ensured the men were treated well, had their wounds tended and were dropped off at the nearest Red Cross station. War is Hell it seems but not all participants are baby killing sadists !!!
Thank heavens for IMDb reviews. Parish priests don't appreciate confessions like this ! Pickles