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Bear Island [1979]

Bear Island [1979]

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They transform the challenging nature of Bear Island into their own playground, finding ice-cold waves and precipitous slopes.

Widmark too, as the German leader of the excursion, spoke in an obviously fake cadence that jarred every time he opened his mouth, and Christopher Lee was there demonstrating his Russian accent as heard when he played Rasputin a decade and a half ago, though you had to assume that was at least authentic-sounding. Like most any mystery, guilt will be cast across each character as the tale unfolds letting the viewers play along.

That’s because his arrival by abseiling from a helicopter is very nearly a swift exit, but Lloyd Bridges as adventurer Smithy rescues him before real disaster can strike. Snell wanted to make the movie on location, feeling audiences would not react well the shooting "studio snow" which had been the method used on an earlier MacLean adaptation, Ice Station Zebra.

It was the 13th of MacLean’s novels to be turned into a film (though WHERE EAGLES DARE was written as a novel and a screenplay at the same time), beginning with 1961’s THE GUNS OF NAVARONE. The expedition arrives at Bear Island, location of a NATO base and the site of a former U-boat station, and, from his German colleagues Jungbeck and Heyter, they learn that Larsen is missing. Despite a better cast than most Alistair MacLean adaptations and an interesting Arctic story about Cold War struggles to dominate the globe by weather control, this fast becomes a dodo with such elements as a former U-Boat base, most of the cast's suspiciously Nazi pasts, and an array of Teutonic accents clearly destined to play a large part in the story. This movie was intended as the first in a series of Alistair MacLean adaptations, which would have included "El Dorado", "Athabasca", "Night Without End", and "The Way to Dusty Death".Bear Island is a 1979 British Canadian adventure movie directed by Don Sharp and based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Alastair MacLean. I think if we cut some of the character interaction and just played it for speed and thrills it might have made more money.

On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during World War II, U. It is seen in hands of several characters including Lechinski ( Christopher Lee) and Frank Lansing ( Donald Sutherland).They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. I think that is probably because so much of the preamble in this overlong arctic drama is dull and listless. Except for Cannon’s little-seen RIVER OF DEATH, released to a handful of theaters in 1989, BEAR ISLAND was the last adaptation of an Alistair MacLean novel to play on the big screen.

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