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Bear Island (1979)

 -  Adventure | Thriller  -  August 1980 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Otto Gerran
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Lechinski
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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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August 1980 (USA)  »

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A Ilha dos Ursos  »

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CAD 12,100,000 (estimated)

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SEK 5,261,704 (Sweden)
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This movie was made and released about eight years after its source "Bear Island" novel by Alistair MacLean was first published in 1971. "Bear Island" was MacLean's sixteenth novel and this movie was the thirteenth filmed adaptation of one of MacLean's stories. See more »

Goofs

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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Up there with Where Eagles Dare, But where is the DVD?
19 December 2007 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Alistair McClean's Bear Island is a highly action packed thriller set in the Arctic circle where an international scientific team are conducting the usual experiments. all is not what it seems as some of the team are being killed in mysterious circumstances, there is a superb subplot typical of McClean which involves a hidden Nazi U-Boat full of gold! the cast is mostly all - star for starters you've heroic Donald Sutherland his love interest -Vannesa Redgrave, the ever brilliant Christopher Lee convincing as a polish scientist, comic relief and ex-navy diver Lloyd Bridges, baddie or not baddie Richard Widmark. Alistair McClean's Bear Island is criminally unseen the last time i saw this highly entertaining thriller was probably more than ten years ago! on ITV i recall watching it it probably edited for violence as most posters on this site mention, in the time that has passed several film adaptations of McClean have been released except this and it should be released it's still out there on deleted VHS format too bad it really needs to be seen in 2:35:1 widescreen it's terrible watching anything in pan and scan you are really watching one half of the frame! hopefully Columbia will release this soon


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