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Fer-de-Lance (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 ... Commander Kirk
Charles Robinson Charles Robinson ... Lieutenant Nicholson (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ben Piazza ... Lieutenant Whitehead
George Pan Andreas ... Torquale
Sherry Boucher 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:

Death Dive See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Janssen and Hope Lange also worked together on The Fugitive: The Last Oasis (1966). See more »

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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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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fer De Lance (1974)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The screw of a submarine has good and bad news. The good news is that they are stuck on the ocean floor with boulders holding them down. The bad news is an idiot brought several deadly snakes on board that can kill within minutes of their bite. This made for TV flick is pretty good for the first hour but after that thing get tad bit boring, although the ending is good. The second half takes the focus off the snakes, which I feel was a mistake. There's no real violence to speak of but the director uses this to his benefit. David Janssen and Hope Lange star.


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