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Ice-Cold in Alex (1958) was a Adventure - War Film directed by J. Lee Thompson .

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The beer that the crew drink at journey's end in the novel is Rhinegold. Although it's not actually a German beer, it certainly sounds like one. As the war was still a very fresh memory in many people's heads at the time, the decision was made to go with Danish Carlsberg beer instead.
The flies were so bad on location that most of the cast had to be sprayed with DDT, a chemical which is now banned.
When the ambulance crosses the minefield was just a few notes in the screenplay. It was improvised by director J. Lee Thompson into the tense sequence we see in the film today.
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