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Bear Island (1979)

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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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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Alistair MacLean's Bear Island  »

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CAD 12,100,000 (estimated)
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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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Great film
23 January 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I was 12 years old when I went to see this film in our local cinema on a Saturday afternoon. I went to see it because what I saw in the trailer really appealed to me and the film lived up to my expectations completely. I was the only person in the whole theatre so it's pretty obvious that the film wasn't popular, but I don't know why this should be.

The film has a lot going for it. The actors and acting are brilliant, how did they get so many stars in one film. the production is spot on creating moods of isolation, claustrophobia and a great sense of realism (just look at the abandoned U-Boat pen). The action sequences range from good to spectacular (have you ever seen a longer cliff fall than the one in this film). And of course the story is excellent, coming as it does from Alistair McLean's novel.

The film is not perfect of course, but then what is. It did seem a bit long and a bit plodding at times (but don't forget I was 12, with the attention span of a goldfish).

All in all this is an intelligent action thriller and I wish someone would release it on DVD. Even the VHS versions are rare.


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