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Fer-de-Lance (1974)

Snakes on board an American sub set off a chain of events that ultimately causes the boat to sink to the bottom of the ocean. The surviving crew must devise a rescue plan to free themselves and raise the sub.

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Elaine Wedell
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Charles Robinson ...
Lieutenant Nicholson (as Charles Knox Robinson)
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Lieutenant Whitehead
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Torquale
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Liz McCord
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Masai Ikeda
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Mayne Bradley
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Suan Kuroda
Richard LePore ...
Sandra Ego ...
Terezita
Felipe Turich ...
Shaman
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Compton
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An American submarine leaves Tierra Del Fuego, and one of its crew has secretly brought aboard a container full of poisonous fer-de-lance snakes which escape storage and bite key personnel on the submarine, causing an accident that cripples the vehicle so that it drops to the bottom of the Southern Ocean. Worse still, the snakes are still at large on the submarine and complicate the efforts of the crew to escape the sunken vessel. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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This was the third time David Janssen and Ivan Dixon would appear together on TV, seven years after The Fugitive: Dossier on a Diplomat (1967) and ten years after The Fugitive: Escape into Black (1964). See more »

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Hope Lange's character is listed as Elaine Wedell in the cast list, but in the movie she says her name is Eileen. See more »

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Commander Kirk: This is the Master at Arms, Russ Bogan.
Russ Bogan: Lieutenant.
Commander Scott: Russ here is Chief of the Boat, the COB.
Russ Bogan: That means I'm in charge of the bomb.
Commander Kirk: He also happens to be a charter member of the first underwater demolition team. The original frogman. He can help you handle the explosives.
Lieutenant Nicholson: I need help right now, sir. I'm assigned as Weapons Officer, which means I know which page to look up in Knight's Modern Seamanship, and that's all.
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Fer De Lance (1974)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The screw of a submarine has good and bad news. The good news is that they are stuck on the ocean floor with boulders holding them down. The bad news is an idiot brought several deadly snakes on board that can kill within minutes of their bite. This made for TV flick is pretty good for the first hour but after that thing get tad bit boring, although the ending is good. The second half takes the focus off the snakes, which I feel was a mistake. There's no real violence to speak of but the director uses this to his benefit. David Janssen and Hope Lange star.


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