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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

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One of the great British war films of the 1950s, J. Lee Thompson’s Ice Cold in Alex is a gripping thriller about an ambulance commander (John Mills) and his efforts to transport two nurses through treacherous, enemy-occupied North Africa during World War II – not realising there’s a German spy in his midst.

Shot in Libyan parts of the Sahara, particularly memorable moments include the group’s nail-biting traversal of a minefield, peril by quicksand, and the iconic final scene of the survivors sharing a cold beer in Alexandria – possibly the most thirst-quenching drinks in cinema.

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Captain Anson
John Mills
Sister Diana Murdoch
Sylvia Syms
Captain van der Poel
Anthony Quayle
M.S.M. Pugh
Harry Andrews
Sister Denise Norton
Diane Clare
Captain Crosbie
Richard Leech

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