Action adventure film, in which US and Russian forces race to recover some compromising satellite photography from a remote Polar outpost. Alistair MacLean’s novel adapted into a screen story [by Harry Julian Fink] is seeded with elements of intrigue, as Rock Hudson takes aboard a British secret agent, Patrick McGoohan; an expatriate, professional anti-Communist Russian, Ernest Borgnine; and an enigmatic Marine Corps captain, Jim Brown.
Action develops slowly, alternating with some excellent submarine interior footage, and good shots – of diving, surfacing and maneuvering under an ice field.
Film’s biggest acting asset is McGoohan, who gives his scenes that elusive ‘star’ magnetism. He is a most accomplished actor with a three-dimensional presence all his own.
Hudson comes across quite well as a man of muted strength. Borgnine’s characterization is a nicely restrained one. Brown, isolated by script to a suspicious personality, makes the most of it.
1968: Nominations: Best Cinematography, Visual Effects