Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 129 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Although it is overall a decent film, the most interesting thing about Ice Cold in Alex -- and the one which needs some explanation -- is its title. "Ice cold" refers to an ice cold beer, which the lead character desperately desires, and "Alex" to Alexandria, the city to which he and his colleagues are trying to get. It's an odd title, but not a particularly odd film. Ice is one of those films in which a group of people are banded together to face a range of external adversities and obstacles, as well as an internal one -- in this case, the fact that one of their party seems to be a spy for the enemy. It should make for an exciting film, but Ice keeps promising to become gripping but always falls a little short. As a result, it gets a bit slow in paces, at least in the original 132-minute version. (The edited 64- or 79-minute versions should be avoided, as they hack the film to nonsensical pieces.) There also are some lapses that just don't work, such as the rapid and sudden conversion of the relationship between John Mills and Sylvia Sims. Still, despite its flaws, there's enough tension and drama to make Ice a decent way to pass the time. And the cast is quite good throughout.