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Bear Island (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery  |  August 1980 (USA)
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On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during WW2, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency NATO frequency and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.



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Heddi Lindquist
Otto Gerran
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Paul Hartman
Patricia Collins ...
Inge Van Zipper
Nicholas Cortland ...
Marine Technician
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Technician (Tommy)
Richard Wren ...
Radio Operator


A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. 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. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate. Written by Jonathon Dabell <>

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Below freezing and beyond fear... Will anyone survive its terror?


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August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Bear Island  »

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CAD 12,100,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,261,704 (Sweden)

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Camera Operator Derek Browne lost the feeling in one hand when he had to take a glove off during filming. See more »


When everyone is outside after the generator explosion it is blowing a blizzard, but the flames are rising vertically with minimal wind disturbance rather than being virtually horizontal, revealing that wind machines are being used just on the area where the actors are. See more »

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Various UN scientists converge upon Arctic in search of a Nazi U-Boat based on the work of Alistair MacLean
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A team of weather scientific - Vanessa Redgrave , Richard Widmark, Barbara Parkins , Lloyd Bridges, Christopher Lee - who are actually secret agents intelligently posing as UN researchers gather together at a remote Arctic outpost and discover a criminal intrigue about a Nazi treasure .Shortly after they arrive begin dying in assumed accidents . They are wind up at the same base and realize that are being murdered one by one at the isolated location under mysterious circumstances . As continuous explosion , traps , avalanches , accidents and sabotages. The starring , Donald Sutherland, suspects on Nazi duo might be on the premises , because of belonging to ¨ Reich Kinder¨ . He discovers a strange organization ruled by ¨Celda¨ who want to destroy the world economy . The plot wavers between suspenseful and illogical , while everybody involves overacts in an apparent attempt to figure out what the heck's going on .

This thrilling movie about a group of scientific find themselves embarking on a suspenseful investigation contains moving sequences , intrigue , tension and wonderful, coloured locations from Arctic . It displays sizzling scenes about snow-boat and snow-motorcycle on some overwhelming chase sequences that are the movie's best . Dark photography during the night scenes but marvelous cinematography when reflects spectacularly the breathtaking Arctic outdoors by cameraman Alan Hume . Beautifully filmed on location in Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus, Alaska, USA ,Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio),Stewart, and Tide Lake ,British Columbia, Canada, Tide Lake, British Columbia .Rousing and exciting musical score by Robert Farnon. The motion picture , well produced by Peter Snell, is regularly directed by Don Sharp. This Canadian adaptation based on the novel by Alistair McLean packs habitual combination included on his books , as foolish dialog , stirring action , impressive locations and colorful characters . Other films based on his novels are the following ¨Force 10 Navarone¨, ¨ Guns of Navarone ¨, ¨ Puppet on chain ¨, ¨ When the eagles dare ¨ and ¨ Breakheart pass ¨ among others . Rating : Acceptable and passable . The picture will appeal to whodunit/thriller buffs

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