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Ice Cold in Alex

Released 1961
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

J. Lee Thompson’s taut 1958 war-thriller stars John Mills and Anthony Quayle as two soldiers engaged in a nerve-wracking trek across the North African desert. A bracing mix of suspense and sharply-drawn characterization, the film was well received in the UK but was not so lucky in its stateside release where it was given the more matinee-friendly title of Desert Attack and 54 of its original 130 minutes cut.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.