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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
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Otto Gerran
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Lechinski
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Jungbeck
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Storyline

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 <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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


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Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Bear Island  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 12,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,261,704 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The real life Bear Island is situated in Norway. Bear Island is the most southern island in the Svalbard Archipelago. Specifically, the island is situated between the North Cape and Spitsbergen in the western section of the Barents Sea. On 10 June 1596, Bear Island was discovered by two Dutch explorers, Jacob van Heemskerk and Willem Barents. Bear Island was so-named after a polar bear that was seen swimming near it. In 2002, Bear Island was declared a nature reserve together with its neighboring waters. Bear Island is known as "Bjørnøya" in the Norwegian language. See more »

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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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Good movie
18 July 2002 | by (Huntington Beach, CA USA) – See all my reviews

I read the book and saw the movie. I enjoyed both. Donald Sutherland was excellent. This is a suspense thriller and so it goes slower than a typical action flick. If you expect this to be an action flick you will be disappointed. There are a few surprises which is typical of the writer's style.

If you want an action movie MacLean is not for you as he is the Master of Suspense and writes in a way to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going on. If you see this from the middle, you will be bored, you must see it from the start and watch with full attention. If you miss any of the plot, you will get confused frustrated and wonder why you're watching the movie.

When you watch this, don't do anything else except watch it and I assure you that you will applaud this movie along with others like unto it like Where Eagles Dare, Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, Detonator I and Detonator II, Satan Bug and a few more. The only one that dragged for me was Puppet on a Chain but I saw it chopped up on network TV so I need to see it again unchopped, unedited and not edited for television.


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