Factual error: "Ice Station Zebra" is one of dozens of films which make the mistake of showing people carrying rifles such as M-16s with the magazines inserted. In the scene where Marine Captain Jim Brown arrives at the submarine via helicopter, he comes aboard passing his M-16 through a hatch with the magazine inserted, barrel first - a double safety violation. I first saw the movie in a Marine Corps base theater, and all of us yelled at the screen when we saw that.
Trivia: The famed aviator Howard Hughes was supposedly obsessed with this film, and sources claim it was his favorite. In his later years as a recluse, he allegedly would watch this film daily in his private theater.
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