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Fer-de-Lance (1974)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Thriller | TV Movie 18 October 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.

Director:

Russ Mayberry (as Russel Mayberry)

Writer:

Leslie Stevens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Russ Bogan
Hope Lange ... Elaine Wedell
Ivan Dixon ... Joe Voit
Jason Evers ... Cmdr. Kirk
Charles Robinson ... Lt. Nicholson (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ben Piazza ... Lt. Whitehead
George Pan Andreas George Pan Andreas ... Torquale
Sherry Boucher ... Liz McCord
Robert Ito ... Masai Ikeda
William Mims William Mims ... Mayne Bradley
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Suan Kuroda
Richard LePore Richard LePore ... Chief Hughes
Sandra Ego Sandra Ego ... Terezita
Felipe Turich Felipe Turich ... Shaman
Frank Bonner ... Compton
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarine of Horror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Lt. Nicholson tells Liz that he doesn't have a home, that he lives at the BOQ, he's referring to the bachelor's officers quarters. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Commander Kirk: You know Lieutenant Scott.
[Nicholson and Scott acknowledge one another]
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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Edited from Ice Station Zebra (1968) See more »

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Saw it when it first played on TV
7 April 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

I was 12 and the premise sounded great--a TV movie about a submarine trapped underwater with deadly snakes on the loose. I remember watching and, after a while, became increasingly bored. The script was by-the-numbers (there were no surprises or anything even slightly original), the cast looked either bored or had a sad let-me-out-of-here look of their faces (David Janssen). By the end I was fighting to stay awake! Dull dull DULL.

It's hard to believe but this was released as a theatrical feature in Europe! Some poor suckers had to PAY to see this! I can imagine the reactions where this played. This IS worth seeing if you have insomnia--this will cure you completely!


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