Plot hole: Patrick McGoohan shoots the marine captain thinking him to be the traitor, thus, McGoohan believes, stopping the marine killing Ernest Borgnine. But shortly afterwards McGoohan comes out of the hut and addresses Borgnine sarcastically as 'Comrade'. How did he know he was the real traitor? Nothing has yet happened that should cause him to see this truth.
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.
David Jones: ...and all of a sudden, you know a whole damn lot about my business.
Cmdr. Ferraday: We don't believe in going on a mission totally blindfolded.
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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