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A flying boat has to ditch off an island in the Pacific. Along with the injured owner-pilot the passengers include a policeman and his smuggler prisoner, a slimey limey witness against him, a physicist, and a globe-hopping good-time girl. On the island they find a fleet of derelict ships, farm animals tethered, and cameras in a lead-lined bunker and a stark realisation soon dawns. Written by
Jeremy Perkins <email@example.com>
SOS Pacific is one those good movies that is rather hold to get hold of and have to rely it coming on the telly as it isn't available on video or DVD anywhere. I taped this in about 2001 when BBC2 screened it one afternoon and I'm pleased I kept it.
A boat-plane with a motley collection of passengers on board is forced to crash land into the sea near a remote island after going through a thunderstorm, an on-board fire and then running out of fuel. The passengers include two crooks, a copper, a posh lady and a nuclear physicist. They reach the island by dingy and once on it, start to explore. They discover derelict ships and lead bunkers and then learn that this island is an atomic bomb test site and only have around 5 hours before it goes off. Luckily, a way is come up to stop the bomb from exploding and one of the crooks heads for a smaller island where there is a transmitter which will set the bomb off when a remote control plane passes. The crook needs to divert the radio wave to stop it... He also falls in love with the stewardess, even though she is with the pilot who gets eaten by sharks.
SOS Pacific was made during the Atomic Age and gives you an idea on what could happen if in this situation yourself, a rather frightening one I would imagine.
Now to the excellent cast which includes Dickie Attenborough (Brighton Rock, Jurassic Park), John Gregson (The Titfield Thunderbolt, Genevieve), Pier Angeli, Eva Bartok and Eddie Constantine.
If SOS Pacific ever comes on telly again, tape it as it is certainly worth watching and hard to get hold of. A treat.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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